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Oh Oh! Did Summer Adventuring Water-log Your Writing Schedule?

IMG_0301Did you let your writing and your characters snooze for the last month or so like I did, instead of taking them along for the summer fun? Guess what? It’s time to re-motivate, re-dedicate and re-activate your Write Brain.  You might have to re-read what you have written to date, to reacquaint yourself with your story’s progress.  Don’t beat yourself for letting time slide by,  A little distance from your story can be a good thing.  Make some notes as you read through. Hopefully, you will have a new perspective on problem areas. Give yourself a day to digest any big changes you are thinking of making, then, it’s time to dive back in and write on!

Derisively Motivating Quotes (insert writing where needed:)

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” -Oscar Wilde

“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” -German Proverb

(Have a favorite motivating quote? Love to see it!)

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Characters Think and Feel

Okay, so actions give us the basic understanding of personality, but if we really want to get to know our character, we also have to know how they think and feel about these actions. Here is where your characters potential lies and how they will ultimately decide what is right and what is wrong.

Now here is the twist – our characters may think rationally but may find themselves behaving irrationally because of how they feel. Just like us, our characters think with their heads but can often feel with their hearts. This means that within your story, your character can experience the whole spectrum of emotions including love, hate, anger, jealousy, guilt, embarrassment, or fear. These feelings themselves can be expressed in their actions (overtly) or kept secret (thinking in their heads so only the reader knows).

Ah what a tangled web we weave in character development – there are so many options. Are you feeling like Frankenstein yet? Because this is what it is about – creating characters by putting all the bits and pieces together and hoping that creative spark brings them to life!

EAT ME DRINK ME:
Now here is where that journal comes into action – a writing/illustrating exercise.

Your character is trapped inside the witch house on a dark, stormy night. They will have to spend the night on their own.

Writers: write a short paragraph on how they feel and what is going on in their head.

Illustrators: draw how your character is thinking and feeling. Try capturing the right emotion through facial expression and physical expression.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Characters Feel