The experience of going out to a Baseball game is one of the best in Americana, no doubt. I just never get to do it. Makes me wish we had a minor league team around here.
It just so happened that I got an invitation to a Nick Stephenson webinar that looks similar and I thought I would link it here just in case anyone is interested in attending.
It takes place Tuesday, August 4 at 3 PM Eastern.
Do you want to have utter confidence in the strength of your characters?
Do you want deeper, fuller personalities?
Do you want to work with a system that has more deep aspects than most questionnaires have (shallow) questions?
If you want PERSONAL one-on-one training from me on how to deepen your characters, using one of your characters as a direct example, now is the time to get it.
This is a (secret) soft-launch, and I will never revisit this price once I raise it.
I'll let tell you what it's like to have a session with me...
Going into this, I was dubious of the concept. Frankly it seems like anything that works for other writers doesn’t work for me, so I didn’t have much hope that this would get me past the block I’ve been having about my next main character. That being said, this worked. It was almost like talking to my main character’s shrink. By the time I was done, I was her conscience and knew her deepest fears.
My writing style is such that my characters and my stories develop very organically. I don’t know much about what is going on at first. In fact, in many ways I’m reading my books as I write them. So plot and character development are something that occurs over days and weeks for me. But MJ’s Character Creation and Refinement Session compressed that time into an hour. I know my next main character now. No, I don’t know the Captain’s eye color yet, and I can’t tell you her favorite food, but I know what makes her tick.
I went into the session with a vague idea that I wanted to do something related to man’s early attempts at faster-than-light travel. I came out of it with characters, a plot, conflict, and most importantly, personality quirks. The things that make a character readable and believable.
The one-on-one chat and more importantly, the voice call, were awesome. I had conversation with someone whose sole purpose was to pull an idea out of my brain and turn it into the person that will lead my next series.
As I learned about my new main character, I also began to realize how she found herself in command of a science vessel. I got to know her through MJ’s eyes, and my plot fell into place. When that happened, the universe she will be in began to form. For me, for my style of writing, once that universe takes shape my mind turns on. I am building another tale, and believe me, you can’t wait to read it.
My session with MJ added another weapon to my writing arsenal. It’s one I hope I don’t have to pull out often, but when I need to, I won’t hesitate. Whether a new or established writer, I think this concept is valuable. I highly recommend it to anyone who is having trouble getting inside a character’s head, or just wants to get a head start on figuring them out.
Do you want that kind of confidence in your character?
I only have a few slots open.
I think everyone who cares about social justice should read this post.
How is this possible?
What is wrong with these people?
He talks about how he learned what steampunk is, the failure of a kickstarter, why he started writing fiction, what itt's like to be on a book-a-month schedule, cover design, and hey, there's even a mention of G+ and writing communities in there.
It's entertaining stuff if you'd care to lend your ears.
Now for a question. , I noticed you posted a link to this interview in a bunch of steampunk related communities. You're going to come back and let us know if that led to any book sales, right?
So I'm in the family room mainlining 30 Rock for reasons unknown and I switch over to YouTube and announce to my wife in the other room that I'm playing something because I love her.
That's how mega romantic I am.
When it was over, the conversation went something like this.
Her: I love it
Me: I know, it's a little creepy.
Me: It's a little disturbing how much you like it.
Her: I like lots of things, that "let it go" video...
Me: You like a lot of chick things.
Her: You know why that is?
Me: You're a chick!
Her: blah blah blah (I wasn't really listening)
Then I screamed "Outdated gender roles!" and went off to pee sitting down.
We'd like to help those less fortunate, but poor people are icky and we don't want to get too close. Also, they're just lazy beggars who won't take responsibility for their lives and want things handed to them.
What a waste of skin.
Whether you care about social justice is neither here nor there.
What's important from a writing perspective is that you make mindful, intentional decisions regarding the characters and the cultures in your stories.
If you just write a character without thinking about why they are who they are and how it all relates to the world around them, you're going to write characters that are built on your unconscious assumptions and they stand a good chance of being boring.
- writing silly stories about serious things.present
- Boston CollegeHistory
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