Tag Archives: characters

Don’t Forget to “Save the Cat.”


When I was writing the rough draft for The Trouble with Scarecrows, I received comments back from a critique partner. It was clear that she hated my main character to the core. Of course, I defended my reasons as to why I had given Brenda a Scrooge personality. For one, she is actually the antagonist …

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Boovies book and movie club’s Review for February 2017: Before I go to Sleep


February’s Book and Movie Review Theme: Looking Back Book/Movie Club Set Up: Each member of our group (women ages 24-48) draws a month and a genre/theme. Whosever month it is, gets to choose a book and movie in their category. (They do not have to be one in the same.) The group has approximately 3 weeks …

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Fairy Tale Inspired Poem: Bashful


Bashful by Dorlana Vann   When I saw her stretched across the tidy beds, Love’s potent sword struck my heart before I knew Who this lovely stranger was or one word said. But I remained silent, as I always do.   With one bite, she fell ill on that dreadful day. In a glass coffin, …

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Writing Diary #7 & a Short Story


Now that the first book in my Trouble with Men series has launched I can focus more on my other projects. I’ve been working on the edits I received from my editor for book 2, The Trouble with Scarecrows, and I’m also working on the 2nd draft of my YA fairy tale inspired novel – …

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Rough Draft Diary Entry #3


June 15 – June 21 Not a lot of words written last week – but I feel I needed this time to get my thoughts together. So you can guess what my goal is for this week – type, type, type … Trouble with Men Series book #3 – words written: 779 When I opened …

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My Characters Are Not Me


“Listen to what I said here,” I said to my husband and then read a sentence from my work-in-progress. After I had finished reading, I said, “Well, I didn’t say it, my character did.” Don said, “Wait. You wrote it. So doesn’t that mean that’s what you said?” “No, not really. My characters are not …

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Concept, Characters, and then Story. Oh…


Call me crazy (You’re crazy) but I didn’t realize, until this morning, that I need characters before I can plot out any of my story. I’m working on my romantic comedy series, and I have the first book finished, and I’m 10,000 words into the second one. I’ve been trying to get a vague idea …

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