Reader Friday: Emotional Scenes
Reader Friday: Characters
JD Robb has just published her 50th “In Death” book. The cast of characters has grown over time, but her two main characters, Eve and Roarke, have anchored every book. Other authors write multiple series featuring different characters, often those who have played secondary roles in previous books.
If you’re writing a series, do you get tired of the characters, or are they old friends? For recurring characters, how do you keep them fresh?
An author friend said when she sits down at the keyboard, she has to apply a specific brand of hand lotion before she can start writing.
Do you have any rituals, routines, or quirks that you have to follow before you can settle in to write?
Scenes are the building blocks of plot.
What’s your favorite type of scene to write? Openings? Endings? Action? Interaction? Transition?
What are the hardest for you?
What are your writing goals for 2020? Are you on track to achieve those goals?
We all know writing is a marathon, not a sprint. For many, the pandemic demolished their writing goals for the year, or at least set them back.
I don’t want to push you if you’re not ready — we all cope differently and on our own timeline — but setting goals can help steer your writing dreams back onto the track. 🙂
Name one writing goal you hope to achieve this year. What about in 5 years? 10 years?
What do you do to relax? Is there a particular place or activity that replenishes your well of creativity? This can be on a short term daily thing or a longer term vacation kind of thing. Share what works for you and why you do it.
Tell us about the genre you feel most comfortable writing.
1.) Share what you write and what you like most about it. What drew you to the genre?
2.) What are the biggest challenges you have faced in writing this genre?
3.) Where would you push the envelope in writing or reinventing this genre?
We all love hearing good news. It bolsters our community and encourages all of us to strive for more. Tell us what you have written or what you are currently writing that you’re most proud of & why. Or share any accolades/good news. Good fortune is contagious.
At the KillzoneBlog Community, we all have varying degrees of publishing experience, but I’m sure we have an opinion on the biggest pitfalls for the aspiring author. Let’s help each other out.
Please share your pearls of wisdom, even if you are just starting out. Bonus points for offering solutions.
Of all the elements to the writing craft, which one is most important to you as a writer and/or a reader? Bonus points if you can give examples of novels that exemplify your answer.
Below is my attempt to list Craft Elements. Did I leave anything out?