Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
As far as his personality, he's definitely got anger issues. He's had a hard life with his abusive adoptive father, and he blames his mother and, by extension, the rest of the people accompanying him on his journey. He gradually befriends Brady, the other character in this scene, and eventually even falls for a certain young, beautiful, and dangerous elf (also mentioned in this snippet.)
Wow, you guys! Many of your answers were right on target. It was really hard to decide, but I'd have to give first place to Lenny, who said:
The first thing I saw in my head was a guy dressed like in the days of Robin Hood. I think he's kind of scruffy cause of fighting. He's got scruffy whiskers cause of not being where he could shave. He's got long blond hair that's messy and hazel color eyes. He's maybe 18 or in his 20s and a sorta rebel.
Excellent description, Lenny! And thanks so much to everyone for playing and to Jen for hosting! Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Here's how it works: today I'll post a snippet of one of my characters, Keenan, with no physical description. You try to guess what he looks like, based solely on voice, action, and personality. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of him with a short description, and you can see how close your guess was. I'll also post whose description I thought was closest to correct. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? This snippet is from my epic fantasy, In the Seventeenth Year.
Keenan stormed away from the battlefield, heading north. He didn’t know where he was going, just that he had to get away…away from Nolan, from the elf, from all of them. He followed the river to Lake Dooley and kept going until the trees grew thick enough to offer privacy. He took off his wretched worn-out boot and soaked his bloody foot in the cool water. How can Nolan be so blind? he thought. He thinks because she is young and beautiful she can’t be dangerous. And why are we following him like blind sheep anyway? I didn't sign up for a dictatorship. I could turn around right now and go home. Not to the farm, but I could find work in Clifton…
Keenan looked up. Brady stood over him, bow in hand. "What of it?" Keenan asked.
"Nothing. Just an observation."
"Brilliant," Keenan said. "Now you've made your observation and you can be on your way."
Brady held out Keenan's bow. "My father wants us to hunt."
Keenan gave a humorless chuckle as he accepted the bow. "Is he hoping I'll finish you off this time?"
Brady's eyes became solemn. "Perhaps."
"Do you do everything your father tells you?" Keenan asked.
"And you do not?"
"What is that supposed to mean?"
Brady shrugged. "You're still here, aren't you?"
"Maybe I won't be much longer."
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And a sidenote: For those of you that read my last post, hubby did end up reading my blog. I got in trouble, but he passed the test! :)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Here are a few examples from some of my favorite authors:
From Tithe, by Holly Black:
"Waves tossed themselves against the shore, dragging grit and sand between their nails as they were slowly pulled back out to sea."
Also from Tithe:
"She laughed at that, silvery cold laughter that rose up out of her throat like crows going to wing."
From Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr:
"The Summer Girls were like plants needing the nutrients of the sun to thrive; they couldn't be away from the Summer King for long, or they'd fade."
From Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull:
"The demon sprang forward with a roar like a thousand cannons firing together. A black wall of shadow flowed from Bahumat like a wave of tar."
Can't you just see that wave of tar or hear the silvery cold laughter rising up like crows going to wing?
Do you try to include imagery in your own writing? Do you have any favorite authors whose imagery you admire?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I'm working on the synopsis for Killing Kessler (thanks to everyone who contributed synopsis advice - it's very much appreciated!) and starting to plot out three new ideas to see which one I'm most in love with. Hopefully once I get Kessler ready to query, I can start a new first draft!
I'm sure you've all heard about WriteOnCon by now. Click here for the schedule.
Theresa Milstein at Substitute Teacher's Saga is hosting a platform contest - a contest for a cause. Check it out here.
Carolina Valdez Miller has extended the deadline on her 7 ARC contest to August 15. If you've already entered, you can earn additional entries. Click here for details.
Medeia Sharif is giving away a Big Box of Paranormal. Deadline is August 27.
Today I'd like to give away the Bloom of an Idea Award to Jen at unedited. Jen is so creative, she's always come up with new and fun things to do on her blog. If you haven't signed up for her Guess That Character Blogfest on August 19 and 20, I suggest you get over there and sign up right away!
If you could meet one fictional character come to life, who would it be?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I've been looking through my writing books for synopsis tips. Here are a few of the tips I found most valuable:
Always follow the publisher's or agent's guidelines on synopsis length, but generally synopses should be one single-spaced page, or up to five double-spaced pages. Shorter is better, though some novels, like thrillers or mysteries, might require more.
Establish a hook at the beginning. Think of your synopsis as a sales pitch.
Introduce your most important character first.
Main characters should be well developed. What are their goals, motivations, obstacles? The reader needs to care about them.
Don't leave the editor/agent in suspense; tie everything up and reveal the ending.
P.S. I thought I remembered seeing something about this on Elana Johnson's blog before, and I just took a look and found it. If you're writing your own synopsis, check out her advice here.
P.P.S. Also, Catherine Winn has posted a great idea on writing synopses that I'll definitely try. Click here to read her post.
I think I remember seeing someone mention on their blog that they had taken an online seminar on writing a synopsis. Does anyone know of any good seminars, courses, books, etc. that you would recommend?
What's your best synopsis advice?
Friday, August 6, 2010
Here's Sharon's daughter (the beautiful smiling girl) and my daughter (the head ducked behind the Balderdash box). On Sharon's last night in St. Louis, we all played Balderdash together and laughed harder than I can remember laughing in a long time. My daughter's answer about it being against the law in North Carolina to make a pinata of a striped elephant because they revere elephants has us laughing for a good five minutes.
Here's Sharon showing all the world how much she loves Balderdash. Sharon's answer about a movie with English children drinking fizzy soda and floating to the moon was also a highlight of the evening.
And this is my youngest daughter and the (delicious!) cake she baked for my birthday.
Thanks so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes, Everyone! Seriously, they kept me smiling all day long.
What plans do you have for the weekend? Have a great one!