Anticipation

It’s amazing how one word can mean so many different emotions to so many people.  For some, it brings to mind the delight of the next great meal.  For others, the dread of the next Monday morning at work. I have two things on my mind (well maybe three) that are causing a great deal of anticipation for me.  Nanowrimo, of course, is one.  I can’t wait to pit myself against… well myself to see if I can perform under pressure and get that 50,000 word novel finished in 30-days. The other, more immediate thing, is my book.  Yup, it’s finally done.  And trust me, it put me through an emotional rollercoaster.  All because of anticipation. Let me see if I […]

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Heros

I recently had one of those nasty little life-episodes that made me sit back and really evaluate things.  Specifically, what it means to be a hero.  Not me personally as a hero (although I hope to grow up to be one someday), but who heros are and what exactly sets them apart from the rest of us.  My conclusion… it’s not what you might think. I mean, you look at some of the heros on television and in movies and you get the big, muscular, hyper-intelligent individual who creates cures for cancer in his/her spare-time.  But are they really heros, or just extraordinary people living up to their potential?  I believe that perhaps the later is the case. To me, a hero […]

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What’s in a Plot?

We all talk about plots and I think we all know what a plot is.  But how many should we have in a story?  Is the plot the main consideration when writing a story? I’ve struggled with these questions on numerous occassions.  In fact, my first few stories didn’t come from having a great plot spring into my head. The truth is, I had characters, setting and FINALLY plot developed in that order for each story.  For me, the characters define the setting and the characters and setting define the plot. Hardly rocket science, is it? But wait… what about motivation?  Hah!  Tricked you… that’s part of my character definition.  At least, it is for my primary characters.  I usually […]

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