Character creation and development are probably among the most important basic tools for any fiction writer. When I create people I wonder how to make them real in all aspects. It is difficult to create good characters based on stereotypes or with second hand knowledge. What I mean is that it helps to get to know others and what they deal with. Get as close to first-hand knowledge as you can get.
In order to do that, you have to have good relationships.
Taking the time in your life to participate in deep relationships with other people cannot be underestimated in your ability to later create and develop believable characters. If all of your relationships only amount to acquaintances your writing will probably suffer. There are so many surface friendships these days that rob us of the benefit of good writing. It is difficult to get to know closed people. But it is worth it to try. You may find great inspiration that way. And more importantly; you may find incredible friendships.
Today I would like to talk about perspective. As a writer I have to delve into a myriad of perspectives in order to tell a better story. In order to do that effectively I need to get a real taste of as many different people’s views as possible. So I engage with everyone I can and I listen to as many people as I am able. This way I can find the heart of their ideas and what makes them tick. What makes up a person’s identity and their perspective has a lot to do with their environment and outside influences.
While thinking about these things I pondered how different environments have created different perspectives and why. As people we seem to allow these outside influences to slowly attach inside and grow. We let ideas and experiences cultivate our thought processes to the point where we find emotional attachment to them. These emotions seem stirred by further influences and drive us to action. All of this continues to shape a changing and growing perspective.
We become convinced of our perspectives.
Any other perspective that is diametrically opposed must be wrong. Even if that perspective is in all ways the same as ours but has one or two differences; we still staunchly oppose it. I have heard in the past that the aim of higher education was to have an open mind. And yet I struggle to find that to be the general result in the social situations I participate in.
To those who say that smart phones and tablets have had a bad effect on us; I offer a different opinion. I would like to talk about the benefits of being smart. You don’t have to go to college. You don’t have to take a test. All you need is a smart device to launch you into this new society.
First of all there are text messages. There have been many benefits to using text messages which we are just now starting to grasp. Getting quick reminders and sharing important information without being dragged into long conversations is great for productivity. Being able to get those messages out to multiple people at one time while thinking about it; is nothing short of a miracle.
So I was sitting at a certain coffee shop this morning and getting ready to write a masterpiece of some kind. From my vantage point I could see the station where people finish preparing their coffee. And I happened to witness a man (someone in his fifties) pouring the top third of his coffee out of his cup and into the small magic circle in the counter top. It must be magic if you can just dump hot coffee in there. This is the kind of thing that the text SMH was made for. I was shaking my head, alright.
Finding a good place to write can make all the difference when working on projects. For me, finding a good writing location is like a director/producer locating the best filming locations. I know that lacking the perfect writing spot would not stop me from writing but, it definitely helps to have one. I do write at home but, sometimes I feel trapped. Sometimes I get stuck with a lack of inspiration and I need something to help move the story along.
I feel the need to take my traveling office with me.
About a year and a half ago; I found a good writing location. This spot is at a grocery store. It’s an expanded store of course with a buffet lunch bar/salad bar, Chinese food, subs, pizzas, soups and everything else that a grocery store has. They also have a large two-level seating area with outlet strips about every five feet along the wall next to many of the tables and chairs. The downstairs area has large windows for looking outside. This way there is a view of indoor and outdoor activity. This is the kind of spot I like.
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I woke up one day and realized I was not happy. I looked around my home office where the piles had fallen and everything in my personal world was caving in on me. I was a slave to that damn alarm clock. ‘Work’ was overwhelming me. Management in healthcare was where I had landed in life. But I was drowning in it. My purpose had been replaced by someone else’s purpose.
“I’m not happy if I’m not writing!”
My ‘job’ in management began to take over my life. And I would hear their excuses that it was just what everyone had to do. I didn’t buy that. Taking calls all day and night was ridiculous. I had very few mental breaks. I was heading for a real breakdown. Continue reading
“Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.
Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh; “my name means the shape I am – and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.”
This is an introduction to my blog and me. I don’t really know how to begin. So I will just say that I am a new author and this is my blog. This is my first post so I will talk about why I have a pen name and what I like to write. Thank you.