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6 Ways Your Friends Can Help You Write
Friends can be stumbling blocks to your writing: interruptions, temptations & invitations, not to mention occasional put-downs and other negatives. But your friends can also further your writing, whether they know it or not! 1. Borrow your friend’s mannerisms or quirks to make a character come to life. Does she wear heavy jewelry or too much make-up? Finger a locket when she thinks of an old boyfriend? Does he have a horse laugh? Tell hilarious stories that begin with, “but that’s not really how it was?” Does she jump high, punch the air, or do the hokey-pokey when she’s excited? Use judiciously, though – you want to add characterization, not make your friend the character. 2. Tell him or her what you really think. Admit it, there’s that one thing you’d love to say, but you value your friendship too much to really let loose. So give your characters the … Continue reading
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Brainstorming Plot Points
Brainstorming is a blast! My middle grade WIP is a time travel story. The protagonist is a 12-year-old boy who’s into rockets and robotics and such, but gets zapped back to the 1830s. There are thefts for which he gets blamed, a ghost who needs to be laid to rest, and the girl helping him gets pulled back to modern times with him. The manuscript is basically done except for one thing: I would really like to tie his rocket hobby more integrally into the time travel happenings. There’s an item that could easily still be in his pocket when he goes back again, but I couldn’t come up with a good idea of what to do with it. So I gathered a few writer friends, gave them a run-down on the plot (new for some, refresher for others), and put my dilemma to them. We questioned what the device … Continue reading
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