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Ideas for Novels Spark From Everywhere, From Anything…

August 25, 2014
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Our creativity can be inspired from the smallest word to a globally known news worthy article. I was in the grip of such an idea this weekend. It formed from the merging of several obscure news items into a cohesive story and took ‘root’ in my mind. Once I began writing the protagonist came to life and the words flowed. I put down 1000 in less than an hour!

As many of you know I am a free flow writer so apart from a vague idea where I want the story to go, it is a mystery to me. That is the thrill for me. It is an adventure I willingly travel with my characters. They lead and I follow with frantic typing.

What obscure stimulus has sparked an idea for you? 

How do you approach new ideas? Frantic notes? Plot arc? Character descriptions?

No matter what system we use, an idea can grow exponentially once it takes hold. This is wonderful, of course, the only downfall being if we already have a bucketful of ideas already.  I had not wanted another project just at the moment. My children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue is in final stages of illustration and formatting, while I am working on edits for my western romance, Willow Tree Tears. These two projects are time consuming enough without a new one being added. My plan for 2015 was to re-visit two previous projects and re-write, edit and revise them. Now I have a story demanding to be written and it is impossible to resist.

Have you experienced a story unwilling to stay quiet?

Obviously, I will have to reschedule my plans and go with the flow. My older projects will have to wait a little longer.

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Oxymoron Fun…

August 1, 2013
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Oxymoron – a figure of speech with words having incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect

As writers we are constantly playing with words, choosing the perfect word to best describe a situation or character. Utilizing our word knowledge and consciously increasing it as we develop our art. Let’s have some fun!

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I found a great blog post, which I wanted to re-blog but it doesn’t let me 😦 so please follow the link: http://atkinsbookshelf.wordpress.com/tag/famous-oxymorons/

A few from the bard himself, Shakespeare –  “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”, “Parting is such sweet sorrow”, “O brawling love! O loving hate!”

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  • “I can resist anything, except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
  • Simplicity is not a simple thing.” – Charles Chaplin
  • Responsible Drinking? Now that’s an Oxymoron.” – Aaron Howard
  • I am a deeply superficial person.”Andy Warhol
  • No one will ever win the battle of the sexes: there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
    -Henry Kissinger
  • If you can’t convince them, confuse themHarry S. Truman

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Do you have any favorites you would like to share? Have you created any of your own?

I describe my Rumble character as a cute monster!

Rumble's First Scare

Does Your Main Character Reflect a Passing Fancy..?

June 8, 2013
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Stalwart – definition: strong and stoutly built

I don’t know about you but this description initially brings to mind a solidly built man. He may be the hero or the villain but his presence can not be ignored either way. My character, Evan in Life in Slake Patch is perfectly formed in my mind. He is about six foot tall, blonde, muscular with blue eyes. Browsing through photos on the internet I found a couple of images that are close to how I see Evan. It was while I was browsing that it struck me that my heart-throb Paul Newman, more thank likely influenced my choice of hero in, this my first, novel. Strange how the mind works sometimes.

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Paul is, (alas I should say was)for me, the perfect human being.

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When characterizing your heroes do you draw from people you know or fancied when you were younger?(or still do!)

I found some great articles regarding hero’s so have linked them here. Enjoy.

http://suite101.com/article/defining-a-literary-hero-a210439

http://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/character/character-roles/959-your-hero-top-ten-rules-expanded

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