Category: Character Development

New Tips for the 2012 Nanowrimo

                                                                                 Nanowrimo 2012—Prep Work Don’t wait until Zero Hour to start writing for Nanowrimo. Here are some tips for preparing yourself for the long haul–50,000  words. 1. Place. What’s the main setting for your novel? How many locations do you use more than twice? Where does your Page One open? Does it open in a cave? On a spaceship hurtling past dark stars? Does it open in a laundromat (see Jack Remick’s Blood)? Does it open on a lonely beach road, a car chase (see Robert Ray’s Bloody Murdock)? Does it open in a boudoir with a bidet? Does it open in the cage of a Werewolf? Does it open in the Oval Office? In the Situation Room? In a school with a student shooting a poison dart at the teacher? 2. Character. Profile your five major characters. Protagonist, Antagonist, Helper One, Antag One, Helper Two. For each main character, jot down these info-bits: Back Story Trauma Motive Agenda Want Need Can’t have.   3. Back Story. For each major character, write 3-5 pages of back story. To connect the back story to your Page One, use this simple method of increasing the distance in time: Startline: An hour before the book opens, the protagonist was…. Startline: A week before the book opens, the protagonist was…. Startline: A year before the book opens, the protagonist was…. Startline: Five years...

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Joann H. Buchanan ~ Guest Writer – Steps to the Paranormal Story

Our Guest Writer is Joann H. Buchanan. Joann is the author of the paranormal series, The Children of Nox. Joann hosted the long running radio show The Eclectic Artist Cave on Sharkradionetwork.com where she interviewed writers and shared her ideas and techniques. She also authors a very informative blog for writers.

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Jack’s Q and A on writing while the rice boils

On Wednesday, December 7th, Deborah Allen blogmaster of writingwhilethericeboils  will run the first installment of a Q and A session with Jack Remick. Jack answers questions about writing practice, story structure, technique, and scene structure. Check it out at: http://writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com/ Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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Going Cosmic with Timed Writing

Going Cosmic–The Power of Writing Practice ©2011 By Jack Remick & Robert J. Ray Writing practice, writing under the clock, frees you from the clutches of the infernal ghost in the culture machine – the editor. The editor, wrapped in rules and logic, dresses up like mom, and dad, and the third grade teacher who taught you to dot your I’s and cross your T’s, and begin every sentence with a capital letter. The editor, logic posing as a rocket scientist  puts astronauts on the moon, builds atomic bombs, creates architectural marvels out of steel and concrete and glass – but the editor cannot open the doorway to the creative unconscious. Helpless in the clutches of the ghost in the culture machine, the language dies a cold, cold death. The dead language is all around us. It is around us in Pentagon obfu-speak, it is around us in oprahesque-tele-babble, it is around us in politico-pseudo-psycho chatter, it is around us in the punchless wonders of thickly paragraphed novels marching over the edge of the world like literary lemmings – weak verb, soft noun, zero conflict, washed out, pale skinned three-legged lemmings. With writing practice, writing under the clock, you shoulder the dead language aside to discover the energy of your creative powers. The dead language: “He slipped out of the room to look for the clock, and by his...

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A Tribute to Sydney Pollack

When we taught in the UW Screenwriting Program, we were lucky enough to spend a Saturday with the late Syndey Pollack. Pollack, at an invitation from his good friend Stewart Stern, flew himself up from LA in his own Lear Jet to make himself available as a resource to budding UW scriptwriters. Sydney Pollack is a director-producer, an LA guy who owns his own production company. One of his early movies was They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) One of his big money-makers was Out of Africa (director-producer, 1986). He directed Three Days of the Condor (1975). He produced and directed Absence of Malice (1981), White Palace (1990), Dead Again (1991), and two dozen others. His production company produced Sense and Sensibility. The format of the six-hour session at the UW was Q&A. Some of the A’s stretched out, burgeoning with promise, to 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes. The depth was astounding. So was the clarity. Here are some notes and a write-up of that Saturday meeting that we later used in our fiction—novel, short story—classes. Three lessons from Sydney Pollack that might be helpful for your fiction: 1. Template. When Pollack reads a first draft script, he asks a simple question: What is the story? He’s looking for a template, a simple thematic pattern that he can use to gauge each character, each scene, each setting, each...

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