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December 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm

New Moon today

According to my calendar, today, December 16 is a New Moon.  What does that mean?

I really don’t follow astronomy, so you can try to Google it. But I’m positive, the first page (or 80) will all be links to Stephanie Myer’s Twilight: New Moon, the second book in her series, or the movie with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. I’m not going to balk – I’d be clicking on those links, too!

But today, let’s use this craze as a writing prompt. You can write about vampires (done to death!) a sweeping romantic saga (insert finger in throat now), werewolves (a second to the vampire “overdone topic”). Or maybe, you can flip it. What is the opposite of vampires? Life over death? Sunshine over shadows? Heavenly instead of underworldly?

And how about a revenge story – not a love story? A breakup story…I’m sure you guys have plenty of ideas here.

December 16, 2009 at 12:10 am

A (late) NaNo Round Up…

So, how did you all do? Finish your novel by November 30? Meet your designated word count (if you were signed up for the Young Writers’ Program) or the 50k if you registered on the adult NaNo site?

I am a bit disappointed in myself for not finishing and winning. I do not like to lose. What happened? How did I miss the train to NaNo-ville? Well, life happened: family illness, a funeral and a road trip to Paris, TN. I guess there are stories behind all of those life happenings. Journal now. Draft later.

But, I do have a bunch of young writers to CONGRATULATE for meeting their goals – or even just attempting to write a full novel in November. You can be added to this esteemed list. Just send me a quick email (mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net) by 12/17 with your first name, last initial, age, novel title, word count and a brief summary of your novel.  Then, come back on Friday to read more…

December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Question from a young writer: characters making their own decisions!

“What do you do when your antagonist and your protagonist start to get along waaaay better than they were supposed to?  They’re supposed to hate each other, but Tefached just helped Lissa on her algebra homework.  Help!! this was not supposed to happen!” ~ Kaylie, grade 8

Great question, Kaylie!

The excitement of writing characters and following them is sometimes balanced with the frustration of these same characters not doing what you want!
I have a few suggestions for you:

  1. Maybe the antagonist has ulterior motives; he/she is “helping” to get close to the protagonist to really come in for the “kill.” You know what they say “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!”
  2. Perhaps the antagonist has a soft spot, as every villain should. This may be that awkward scene where the protag makes a fool of herself and rejects the help the antag. is offering, which she may later regret out of guilt or riling up the antag. for revenge?
  3. Your characters may be trying to tell you something: maybe you have the antagonist wrong? Maybe there’s a stronger antagonist lurking around the corner?
  4. Or maybe the characters are meant to be buddies, but not until some pivotal scenes happen. In this case, work backwards and see how they ended up here, getting along. Save the scene you’ve written for the end…

Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

Do you have a writing question? Send it to me in an email and you may see it posted here ! mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net


December 1, 2009 at 12:03 am

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