Character Interview with Terrell King

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Wow, there’s only sixteen days until NaNoWriMo begins. Last week, Kim did an interview on the blog. This week is Terrell’s turn!

Wah gwaan.

Hi Terrell. How you doing?

Good, good. Can’t wait for November.

Really?

Yeah. Can’t wait to wear my woman down. Continue reading

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Characterization: How to Make Your Characters Come Alive

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Merriam Webster defines characterization as ‘the way a writer makes a person in a story, book, play, movie, or television show seem like a real person.’ As a writer it is not enough to describe your characters. Yes, for the reader they now know how a character looks. But they also do not know who they are. As well as you risk the danger of writing a flat and boring character.

To make your characters come alive, you have to get to know them. You need to learn their mannerisms and ticks. How they speak. And incorporate that into your story. Once you can do that, you’d have created realistic and interesting characters. Characters that readers would want to want to know more about. Here are some examples. Continue reading

Name That Character

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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
Romeo and Juliet
Act II, Scene II

In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Juliet speaks this line to portray her love for Romeo and how she didn’t care that he is a “Montague.”  His name did not matter but what is in a name? If we are to believe Juliet, then a name means nothing when compared to its nature. But as a writer naming our characters is sometimes essential to your story.

Behind the names of our characters is another story. It’s an inkling to who they are or the people they are not. It is oftentimes that the name is a special memory or link to the author. It can also clue in the character(s) role, their purpose, within the story. Continue reading

A Page A Day

Well it’s 2014 and to start the New Year I’ve put upon myself a deadline. I have until he end of June to complete the polishing process of Spiritus Mundi Harbingers of El Tinor. It’s been on hiatus for several months and now I’m coming back to it with fresh eyes. I even changed the book’s short  pitch:

“Harbingers of El Tinor”

Once again, the world is reaching its ultimate destiny; its and humanity’s fate now in the hands of three women.

 Aithne, the only daughter and heir of the House of Arlen, must prove herself a skilled swordsman. Running away from home, she meets the beautiful and sly Cassandra, who has different plans for her. The wheels set in motion; Aithne walks the path outset by Cassandra, unknowingly preparing herself for the upcoming battle. All the while Cassandra is determined to prevent the horrible future she’s envisioned from happening. No matter the cost or who. But would anything they do be enough to stop Lucinda? A loyal servant entrusted with a dark purpose?

With a more focused pitch, I’m thinking all sorts of ideas for the plot which has gotten tighter, now that I’m limiting it to three POVs. Yes three. You might say that three is too much, but originally I had five POVs. Now compared to that, three is starting to sound much better doesn’t it?  And it is necessary since I have plans for the 3rd POV character, the antagonist.

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