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A Quiddity ..?

May 31, 2013

Quiddity – definition: 1) an eccentricity : an odd feature 2) the essence, nature or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.

QuiddityIf we are honest most of us have some eccentricity. It may not be anything extreme, or for that matter ‘visible’, just something peculiar to us. A habit or preference we take for granted as part of our personality. When we create characters distinctive features or habits help define them and help our readers ‘picture’ what they look like and how they react with their reality. A lisp, a recurring word, a nervous twitch or ‘talking hands’ are all features we can use.





If you are anything like me the first word that popped into your head when you read Quiddity was Quidditch! This is the best known ‘unreal’ sport on the planet. J.K. is a superb world builder and she developed a whole story behind the game and its history. This is the type of dedication that pays off.

Do you have a favorite quiddity from one of your characters?

Amble – If Only…

May 30, 2013

Amble – definition : to walk at a slow, easy pace : stroll : saunter

After nearly a month of back problems, I am on the mend at long last. I feel upset that I could not participate in the 30X30 Challenge in May, but sitting let alone walking was much too painful. Maybe next year!









I can manage short walks (very short) and hopefully as I continue with my wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Kris, I will be enjoying long walks again shortly. We have a Bostin Terrier staying with us for a couple of weeks from Saturday and I really want to be able to go out with her. I really miss being outside and seeing the flora and fauna as spring flourishes.


Do You Abide by the Rules..?

May 29, 2013

Abide – definition: 1) to remain; continue; stay 2) to put up with; tolerate 3) to accept without opposition or question.


We all know there are ‘rules’ to writing, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or other modes of the written word. I had an interesting conversation last night at my novel workshop regarding how we are taught writing in school. One participant in our group is a teacher and she is in the midst of editing her first manuscript. During the discussions she told us that the writing style taught to students is very different to that of creative writing. She is re-learning how to write!

Unfortunately, there is no distinction made between the different styles of writing in schools. So an essay, an article and a story will all be written in the same way. As we know this isn’t correct and thereby lies the problem. A young writer may happily write story after story thinking they have the correct structure but it isn’t until their work is reviewed, that they learn the error.


Is this a fault of the system? Or is it a matter of ‘one fits all’? Is it a matter of available classroom time to teach all the styles ? 







I follow Kristin King – and she has several writing rules posts that I am sharing here:

Be True to Your Character…

May 28, 2013

Veridical – definition: truthful : veracious : genuine


When creating characters we must remember to ensure that each character acts and responds true to their given personality. Character profiles are a good way of ‘getting to know’ our characters. Here are a few examples but obviously you can tailor make your own depending on your genre.

With such a guideline our characters become clearer. A lot of the details will never reach the pages of our manuscript but knowing our characters well makes for a more believable personality as they struggle through the trials and tribulations we subject them to. As most of you know I am a ‘free flow’ writer so everything is by the seat of my pants until the editing starts. This is where I find character flaws or great character traits that I can correct or build upon. My characters live with me during the writing process and usually lead me in directions I had never considered – I’m sure many of you can relate to that. As these personalities gain strength they become more ‘real’ and that is the moment their true selves appear.

Do you have any tips regarding character profiles or character building?

Uncertain of Direction…

May 27, 2013

Today’s word has me uncertain. It is such an emotive word, that to use it in anyway whatsoever, makes me feel uncomfortable. The word? Crucify – definition: 1) put to death by nailing to a cross 2) to treat with gross injustice.

I do not subject my readers and followers to my religious or political views because I feel we all have the right to our own belief systems. However, I truly believe that no-one should force another person into a particular view or belief. We are individuals and whatever works for us is the way we should follow.

So I will leave you with a thought provoking post today.


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