Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I came across the idea of morning pages in a craft book I read recently and love it. In principle anyway. I've yet to try it out. Nor have I figured out where it would fit into my schedule, but it just seems like something that would work.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Organizing your thoughts
- Making sure your idea is big enough
- How to make characters sound different from each other
- Creating an unusual setting
- Plot Layers
- Writing Resolutions
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I love when a character is silent and gets completely misunderstood. As in the example below:
“You seemed really excited about moving,” I say. “Since we got here, though, you kinda act like you’re dreading it.”
Mom sighs yet again. “Have you ever wanted something so badly, yet also, somehow equally, not wanted it?”
Palmer’s handsome face fills my mind, first the sparkle of his gray eyes, the mischievous curl of his mouth. And then I think of a few days ago in his car, of the weak guy—April’s boyfriend—who sat beside me.“Well, someday I’m sure you’ll experience it,” Mom says to my silence.
“You okay?” Palmer’s studying me. “Usually my Ms. Purdon impression kills.”
“Sorry. I’m distracted, I guess.”
“By my charm?” He winks.
I turn away, unwilling to flirt back. Before Rachel, it might have been different. “Do you know why Chase did what he did?”
He blinks at me, appearing thrown off by the subject change. “What?”
Rather than changing the subject, you can also just turn the tables. So instead of the above, it would read:
"By my charm?" He winks.
"You really think you're that irresistible?"
Gabby's still not answering the question, and now she's put Palmer in the hot seat.
Give these a try and see if they don't add complexity to your scenes. Dialogue often works best when people aren't saying what they really mean. Though the scenes where people are finally saying exactly what they mean work great too. More on that another time.
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Monday, November 8, 2010
(continue on maybe a friend or little sister did something) or maybe something along those lines.
I hope that all makes sense.
I think a mystery could be good as long as it's realistic."
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- Name for our prince
- A country. Those proposed thus far are Britain, Italy, Spain, and Germany
- Title ideas
- First line of the story ideas
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
- Gabrielle has some sort of supernatural gift, which is a nice idea because Gabby in real life is pretty ordinary. If you have thoughts on what her gift could be, please post them!
- Gabrielle is an angel detective and she helps people solve their problems. (Without them knowing they're receiving divine intervention, maybe?) And she ends up bonding with Rafe (angel or human? That was kind of up in the air) when they team up to fight some kind of battle.
- A comic book like story where the world is very black and white, good triumphs evil every time, and there's lots of action. Gabrielle's sidekick would be Raquel, and they swoop in to safe Rafe, who'd forget all about Raquel and fall for Gabrielle. (Sounds like a smart guy.) This suggestion came with the full package. The suggested title was: As it should be. The suggested final line was: "and all was returned as it should be," and the opening line was, "A familiar twinge prickled at my hand and made my fingers restless. It was go time." Very fun stuff.
- Gabby's book is written in diary form (think Princess Diaries, maybe?) She's changed the names of all her frenemies/family members/etc. but Gabrielle-the-heroine is going through many of the same circumstances as Gabby-the-person. Or, in that same vein, she's writing the life she wishes were hers and realizes in her writing that popularity isn't worth the price.
- Gabrielle is the chosen heiress to some fabulous kingdom. Rafe is her champion (which I like, because in her real life, the guy's too hardheaded to claim her in public), and three witches are trying to usurp her kingdom.
- For a historical novel, Gabby's writing what happens in her life, but in a different time period. I like this idea combined with a couple of others we've had. Maybe set it in medieval times, and Gabby could be writing her own personal fairy tale. She could either be the Princess, like was suggested up above, or she could be a peasant girl with a thing for the prince, and Rafe is her best friend with a massive crush on her. And then at the end she would learn she's of noble blood.
Monday, November 1, 2010
- The title
- The premise
- A fabulous opening line
- It can be any genre (mystery, speculative, historical) but it also has to be a YA book. I think a mystery would be really fun, but I stink at writing mysteries, so I'll have to really rely on you guys if that's what we choose.
- The main character is a girl named Gabrielle, and she has a group of antagonists in Raquel, January, and River.
- Gabrielle's got a fella. His name is open to discussion. As are all the other characters and their names.