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books proposeOk, so I’m busy trying to write but wanted to touch base with my writing friends. You never know where your inspiration will come from.  Do you live with a reader? I do (even married him) and it is great to be together and yet in different worlds. I imagine my historical characters dancing about the room dodging the bullets and car chases of his action adventure heroes.

I heard an idea for character development (probably from one of you). Find pictures of people who have similar features to your characters. For example, you may do a Google search for females with brown hair (I tried it to be sure nothing inappropriate popped up). best weaponsHaving a real image of a person may help your character become more real.

What other tips and tricks do you use when forming your characters?

reading and ignoranceHi ho, hi ho, it’s of to write I go.  You never know where your inspiration will come from. Go people watching and find your next great character.

tea and booksOk, so I’m busy trying to write but wanted to touch base with my writing friends. You never know where your inspiration will come from.

You’ve heard me mention my friend and fellow author, Betty Thomason Owens. She is an author who lives in Louisville and has written several books that I have enjoyed. Her Legacy series began with Amelia’s Legacy which is on sale today for Kindle. The second book in the series is Carlotta’s Legacy (available on Amazon).

bettyI finished reading the book on Sunday. The story takes you on an enchanting journey of living life during a difficult time in world history and learning what true love can mean.

Please check it out.

Karen

Ok, so I’m busy trying to write but wanted to touch base with my writing friends.

stack of books

Last year, I heard a published author say that she never reads books. All she does is write. I immediately marked her off as an ugly dog booksauthor that I will read. How can writers not read other authors? It’s arrogant to think at any point we don’t need to learn from other works. Her statement was so unbelievable that I couldn’t forget it. I’ve tried to look at it from other perspectives trying to understand the rationale. I even tried it. I went two months without reading other authors to see if that spurred me on to novel completion. It didn’t.

Reading other authors helps me understand what I like and don’t like about certain styles of writing. It also gives me ideas about transitions, escalating plots, resolution and the ever-present quandary of showing not telling.

You’ve heard the quote, “never trust a skinny chef.” I’m wondering if we should trust a non-reading writer?

Your thoughts.

Karen

 

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