Whatever. Anyway, Yesterday was an amazing day. Today, I am just now getting the word out and telling people and…
It’s like this. And it’s all about creating characters.
Yesterday was the release day for KICKING IT, the anthology Kalayna Price and I edited. It did well (very well) on release day, in no small part to the efforts of my PR team and my street team and the efforts of Chloe Neill who has PR nailed.
Yesterday was also the release day of the new revamped (haha) website www.faithhunter.net . It is stylish and slick and I love it!
Yesterday was the day I turned in a proposal and character for a new series.
And Yesterday was also the day I turned in my notice that, after the first of the year, I will no longer be a full time lab rat. I [...]
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Today we welcome my friend Jodi McIsaac to Magical Words. I met Jodi this past summer while attending WhenWordsCollide out in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to being smart, charming, funny, and an excellent drinking partner, Jodi also impressed me with her passion for writing and her eagerness to talk about issues of craft and business. She is the author of the Thin Veil contemporary fantasy series. The first book, Through the Door, was a #1 Amazon bestseller. Book two, Into the Fire, comes out today. Jody grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, has been a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and a fundraiser and marketing executive for a nonprofit. Eventually, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives with her husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary.
Please join me in welcoming to MW, Jodi McIsaac! [...]
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John G. Hartness
So as I prep for release of Paint it Black, my first novel-length release in almost two years, there have been a ton of things running through my head.
Things like “oh crap, I’ve gotta get this play blocked!” “Oh crap, I’m late for work! Again!” and “Oh crap, I owe Alan a story for his steampunk superheroes anthology (coming this weekend, I promise!)”
Along the way there have been plenty of “Oh crap!” moments about the actual book I’m releasing as well, but somewhere along the way I had an epiphany that I wanted to talk about here. The books are changing as the series progresses. And I’m not sure that all of my fans will like that.
Let’s back up to some of my reading history, and all will (hopefully) make sense as we move forward. And someday I promise to do a blog post [...]
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James R. Tuck
Whew to the Dragoncon.
I miss it. I miss my peeps. It is always awesome seeing my fellow magical words family although Dragoncon is SO busy we only get to spend minutes together. (Lucienne, I still owe you that drink and AJ I didn’t even SEE you) But after Faith and John ‘s excellent con reports I have decided that this will NOT be about Dragoncon.
Instead I am going to talk to you about writing. (Inspired by a panel at Dragoncon)
I know, crazy right?
Let’s talk about character. Character is story. Some of you are looking at me going: “No James, PLOT is story. Characters are the subject of story.”
You’re kinda right, but not really. You see your plot is determined by your characters decisions. Every character, from the main protagonist to the most minor walk on character can radically change your story if they make their [...]
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Protagonists are the reader’s conduit into the story — without them, the story pretty much wouldn’t exist. Often I think there are two ways writers come up with characters: either the characters come first to mind and you then figure out what story to build around them, or you come up with a story and you then figure out what character to put into it.*
Either way, at the end of the day what you want to end up with is the right character for the right story (or the right story for the right character). There should be a reason *this* character has to tell (or experience) *this* story. There’s an interlocking relationship there. If we can pull out the character from a story and replace them with someone else without affecting the story, then the relationship between plot and character isn’t strong enough. The same is [...]
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I had hoped this week’s post would be from a photo shoot of my newly remodeled writing room, but for reasons that are too numerous to go into, that isn’t happening. Maybe for the next post the built-in cabinets will be in place and the books and stuff will be on them. Maybe.
Instead, I thought I’d talk about realism in characters. Most of the time when I talk about character believability I bring up strengths and weaknesses, but this time I want to share a bit about eccentricities. All the best characters have little things that make them feel real, things that stick out when you try to describe the character to someone else. Like Jack Reacher’s toothbrush. Jack lives with nothing. He never owns more than one pair of clothes—the clothes he’s wearing—one pair of shoes—ditto—and the cash in his wallet. The toothbrush is the only thing that [...]
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John G. Hartness
As I dip my toes into various hobbies and careers, I’ve made a life out of random self-identifications. Sometimes I’m an actor, sometimes I’m a director, sometimes I’m a manger, sometimes I’m a designer. And that’s just in my theatre life! Sometimes I tell people I’m a writer, sometimes I tell people I’m the manager of a lighting company, sometimes I tell people I’m just a hack who tries to be funny on panels. My point is, there are a lot of ways that we identify ourselves, and those self-identifiers vary depending on situation.
The same is true for our characters. Bubba the Monster Hunter behaves differently (believe it or not) when he’s in a strip club than when he’s in a church. Not much differently, but there’s generally less tipping in church. But it’s important for us as writers to keep a handle on how our characters identify [...]
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