Drabble: Two-Character Mashup

Bench I found this idea on Olivia Berrier’s blog, where she took two of her own characters, a random word, and wrong a short drabble about it. I told her I really wanted to try it, and I’d let her know when I did, so here it is!

Characters: Lillian(Elite) + Zak(Artificial Guardian) + Ice Cream

**And if the races (Guardians/Elites etc.) is really confusing, let me know and I’ll explain. I was trying to focus more so on their character traits and what they’d do in this sort of situation and less about their background and world building**

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Lillian noticed that man watching her the minute she sat down on the bench. He’d been in the same spot for hours, pretending to read the newspaper half-heartedly thrown across his lap. His red eyes flickered, and Lillian felt a chill slither across her back. No human had red eyes. Hell, she wasn’t really human either, but that wasn’t the point. Only Artificial Guardians had those kinds of eyes.

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Handling Critics

6b6dc8e44d06d53453b3bfd75deefc4d**Before I start, I wanna share Mark Baron’s post about critiques here and here. Seriously, check it out; the lists are great.**

Now, I don’t have much experience with public critics such as websites and blogs, yet. However, I do have experience with more personal critics, words from people you know. They may be people from a class you’re taking, or a group you’ve joined, even a friend or colleague.

But when you ask someone to read something you’ve written, it places you in an extremely vulnerable place. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your work, or that you should hoard it away and hide it from the world. Not at all. Part of being a writer is sharing your work , wanting or even needing to share it. So, being vulnerable isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s the best thing for us to be as we write, in my opinion. It makes our stories authentic, the worlds’ that much more interesting and engaging, and the characters relatable, or at least understandable in their actions. And this is even without putting truthful, based-on-your-life facts in them.

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Good Advice: Raising the Stakes

While searchingGabriele Negri Photo for more writing tips/advice, I found this post on Jami Gold blog about raising the stakes in your story (along with this one and this one, too, from Janice Hardy). In theory, I’ve always understood how this works. I get that there are reactions to every action, that there are consequences, and that each time things should get a little tougher and harder.

But in practice? Most, if not all of my stakes are something like “If she doesn’t do this/get this thing….. she will die.” Dramatic, I know. Continue reading

When You Start to Lose Your Spark

a.k.a. when your muse turns into a croc and tries to eat your dreams...

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go” ~ William Feather

My favorite quote of all time.

I know it’s a bit weird for me to post this after just talking about my critique a few days ago (or maybe, it’s completely appropriate) but every time I’m feeling a bit discouraged,  or lose my motivation for writing (or anything, really), I look at this quote. Continue reading

Confession: I’m Troubled and Easily Distracted

9637296561_ac261d3ee8_oSo, on Monday I had my WIP critiqued in the last workshop of the semester. Obviously, there were things that still I need to fix, some world-building that I have to work out, but overall, I’m proud of myself for improving so much over the past year. I’ve gotten a handle on what I’m good at, what I tend to focus on in my writing, and what I need to focus on (which I talked a bit about here)

Anyways, what I really want to talk about it continuing this project. I have my first WIP, which I do want to (and will) get back to finishing at some point, but I feel like I need to give them a rest. I don’t know.   Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

WUWAlienStarsWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Sadly, nothing at the moment. I’m getting through the last week of classes on campus, so I’ll definitely start something next week. I do have my eye on a few new reads… Continue reading

Confession: I’m Vague and Secretive

5337779196_990602b427_oI tend to keep a lot of secrets in my stories. It’s a bad habit. I mean, really, really bad. So bad that, after a long talk with a few of my critiquing buddies, I realized that I basically say a lot of nothing. It’s not exactly flowery writing; it’s just really… vague.

I’m so afraid of telling the reader too much too early, of leaving them with nothing to look forward to, that I’d start to hide things that shouldn’t be a secret at all.

Like a character’s back story.

Or details about the war they’re living through.

Or even what the characters (mostly minor ones) think about the happenings of their world. Continue reading

Real World Stories vs. World Building

Real? Or Imagined?

Real? Or Imagined?

I think it’s really interesting to read a story and realize it takes place in a town you actually know about. Maybe you even live in that town. You can read and follow along with the characters in the story, watch with your own eyes as they cross an intersection, enter a low-key shop you’ve never paid much attention to until now. That’s a whole new level of bringing a story to life.

Sadly, I can’t do that. Continue reading