If a character sits around doing nothing, there is no story. If they get up and do some things, but those things don’t have a meaningful impact on their lives, the story is boring. As writers, it’s our job to make lovable, relatable characters…and then torment them.
Looking back on my post for the new moon this month, I actually made a lot more progress than I realized! My planners for 2019 are set up (I actually have three of them), and though I haven’t mapped out exactly when I’ll be working on each writing project, I’m ready to roll with the next two—and I finished the novella I’ve been working on for way too long! That is some awesome progress.
Last week, we talked about fleshing out characters by thinking of how they’d react in everyday situations that might not come up in the story. Another important factor in building characters that resonate with readers is working through their back story.
Where did the character go to school? Did they have lots of friends? Or were they more of a bookworm than a social butterfly? Do they have siblings? A close-knit family? Did they have pets?
My writing bestie is celebrating a new release today and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only is it an awesome book, but I formatted it for her! ❤
Valiant Heart is the first in Eliza Sinclair’s steampunk/flintlock Tanahr Tales series. It has mechmages, elven warrior maidens, and giant Mechanae (machine fae) roving over hills that start out green before being scorched by lightning spears and otherwise torn up in battle. 😀
The new moon this month has come and gone, and I’ve been busily working toward many goals. One of them, ironically, was to start blogging on each new moon about my focus for that month. Oops! Better late than never 🙂
Many cultures believe that each full moon carries with it an energy. As the moon waxes bigger, this energy increases. As it wanes, it pulls away what I’m ready to let go of. This is how I use lunar foci in my meditations. I’ve studied Celtic Folklore since…always, really, and use the names and traits of the full moons of their traditions.
For the Cold Moon of January, I’m creating structures and processes. With the crystalline clarity of ice, I’m crafting methods to bring my life more into alignment. Continue reading “Cold Moon Goals”→