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Trouble character creating try these writing tools

Open BookIn my reading I happen to come across an idea that gave me a way to build out my evil MC further and wanted to share it. I am currently working on the first chapter in my novel at this time and even though I had gotten through development of building this character I still need the boost on where issues will go. By doing this it will actually help me move forward and create those who work under him. I feel that once this is complete I can then move forward with writing. So with the above being said this is the process I am going through.

I have worked through using Scrivener and obtained the MC villain’s name so it meets the requirements. The next step I performed is a character interview. I have a listing of questions which I follow that allow me to build the character’s personality. I obtained these questions quite some time ago and have customized them one step further so they work for my genre and the specific detail needed of my character. The third step taken is to complete a visual site of what this character looks like. Is this a person, creature, etc. I have a program that will allow me to build a small portfolio view of how this person looks in my mind, their face, how deep their eyes appear, how aged their facial features are (or not) and so on. Once I have that visual I then began to feel more closer to knowing this person and aware of his or her surroundings. Many times I would go back to the interview and edit my comments or provide additions.

Here is a list of software I use with the links on how to obtain it:

For writing I am using Scrivener; to create the visual image of my characters I am using something called Face Gen Modeller. The product I am using to create the character vision can be used for free or it can be purchased. There are online sites I have visited to obtain the correct type hair for my character. The two choice places I have gone at this time are Taaz.com a second option I visit is Blue Cactus because they do provide virtual hair styles for men and women. When I get the view I am seeking I just copy that photo then place it into Scrivener underneath the character’s bio so I always have something to look at. Seeing a visual gives me more ideas as I am writing especially when it comes to creation of a character portfolio.

I will provide the character interview which I use in another article since it is two-pages long. I’m happy to share items from my writing playground that can help others. Enjoy and have fun character creating!

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How to create book or novel titles

Open BookAfter doing some reading I found an effective writing tool. This actually built some ideas in my mind and I wanted to bring these ideas to other writers who may be attempting to find ideas for building and not making progress.

How to begin is simply start in front of your computer or by using a pen and paper. Divide the paper into two sections then label one section Abstract Nouns. Now you may ask yourself what is an abstract noun? Well, consider abstract nouns something such as your senses; in other words an abstract noun is best defined as a noun of feeling. Label the second section Concrete Nouns. The Concrete Noun is easily known as a person, place, or object.

To complete this small fun writing project to build your ideas after doing the above determine a number of how many pairs you will determine. Let us say 10 pairs. You then can begin coming up with choice words for one column then go onto the next. Don’t pay any attention to what you have written down for the previous column, just write for each item until 10 pairs are complete.

I went ahead and made it easy on matters; I chose to do things using Microsoft Excel and just to show you I have a screen shot with everything all colored and titled as to how you can easily make your notebook page or computer note pad.

When that is done looking at your results you will have 10 pairs of words. What takes place with the pairs is actually the fun part. What makes this fun is because they can be moved around. I haven’t done it yet with mine but I will in the following table. The exercise to this goal is to take either the Abstract Noun or the Concrete Noun and exchange the place it is in with another. This exercise is to build your creative mind in seeing how the two types of nouns work together nicely and can easily create novel titles as well as chapter titles.

For example, when I was reviewing my first table creation I happen to see a few quick changes that could be made and it gave me ideas of new short stories or even a new idea for the next novel option I could begin working on, not that I would. *sigh*

But, with that being said, I changed words around and did a few uses of “the” or using “of” and screen shot2managed to come about with some pretty interesting novel title ideas which got my writer mind wandering as it needs to be.  Still using Microsoft Excel I put the two words together that made most sense and came up with the use of a pronoun that would be best effective. Of course nothing is ever perfect in the writing world but by doing this I now have something to place into my writing case on Scrivener and keep it for future review when ready to build the next project.

Good luck and I hope this exercise will build your creativity for new novel ideas! Happy Writing!

 

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Writing goals begin at the beginning

My first attempt at writing in fiction was quite the hoot. I think I did it to prove something to myself more because I have been a non-fictional writer for many years. What was I thinking of writing fiction as it’s a new world I know nothing about. Well, when I joined this wonderful group called NaNoWriMo – they can be found on Facebook – I was quite cautious but more than willing to listen and learn.

I began to create the first thing that came to mind and let my imagination go wild. After the writing period was up I did not hit the 10K limit of words but I felt such a rush of ambition and drive of creation, I kept on going with my writing. I will admit, I wasn’t exactly sure whether I had things planned out right for a plot, structure, or anything else but it didn’t matter. I just kept on writing for many more months. Thinking back I believe I did another three chapters then finally stopped as I decided I needed to start looking into a review and possible edit.

After counting I ended up with seven chapters, a plot that makes somewhat sense and structure that has leakage. At another date, I am showing further changes were made starting with synopsis and it worked from there into building the structure to make it more firm with weight. I saw additions and changes to the characters. So I have taken all of those changes and started to apply new ideas with a bit of inside help.

I have been toying around with writing applications, other than Microsoft Word – will get into what application I use in another post. Anyway…I just recently purchased two small kindle books.  My first writing goal is to read one of the two kindle books. My second writing goal is to use new writing knowledge and rebuild my current novel characters as well as invent characters as needed. I will end this post with the current kindle book I am reading and why it is so important.

The name of this book is called “Show Don’t Tell: The Ultimate Writer’s Guide“. I just began reading it last night but far from finished reading. The benefits are wonderful  as  I have learned so much just in the few chapters read. The author is fabulous at explaining why best-writers use  this philosophy in their novels. I highly suggest it as a reference to anyone that is a writer wanting to obtain better writing skills.

Until next time..

 

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Refocusing on fiction writing once again

courtesy of stuart miles/ free digital photos.net

courtesy of Stuart miles/ free digital photos.net

I have been a freelance writer for many years and focusing on multiple specialty topics it is a world I absolutely adore. As of a few years ago, I started to dwindle in the world of fiction writing just to see what would come about or if I could even do something other than reference writing. I actually shocked myself when I managed not to only create a story during something called NaNoWriMo but I continued to keep going with this creation of characters and a story line.

Here I am two years later looking at the work I did, shaking my head in awe. Not so much in embarrassment but more so for the fact it needs work – much work done to the multiple chapters that I have created. Because of what needs to be done I have chosen to begin again and start where I have left off.

Since I work odd hours I cannot promise to post all the time but will do my best to to discuss personal experience with helpful blog sites, writing applications, my recent purchases of writing documentation and much more.. stay tuned!

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