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An Extra Special Christmas Post
What a wonderful Christmas present! Glenda Bixler has created an extra-special Christmas post, with excerpts from Bethlehem's Baby, so beautifully presented, with wonderful music, artwork and more. Meet Bethlehem's Baby, Mary's father, the angel Gabriel, and an excited little shepherd boy... Enjoy!
Today I'm delighted to welcome Daniel Dark to my blog. He's the author of Knife's Tell and Victorian Catsup (yes, catsup!), and he's here with a blogpost about... Fear. So... Are you afraid yet? Afraid to read his books? Afraid to read this blogpost? Well, good. Please read on...
Fearby Daniel Dark
There is something about the word fear that causes people to
react different. I want to talk about my complete and unreasonable fear when it
comes to writing. Some of you may have experienced some of these fears.
of getting the word on the page. What if I get that dreaded Writer’s Block? Then I realized
that if I could get a bunch of them I could build a fort to keep out those
other fears.What if I write it and nobody likes it or it
really does suck? A difficult problem to say the least, but one that I learned
this crazy trick. Now listen to this and it almost always works. Rewrite it
till it does not suck. Now remember just because I hate something that I have
Today I'm delighted to welcome author Dan Jolley back to my blogm as he tours the internet with another suspense thriller with murder, mystery and more... But what about that whole "Write what you know" thing. Does he know murder and mystery...? Does he know murderers...? Over to you Dan!
“Writing Who You
One of the things about writing that it took me longer to
learn than it should have is the importance of characters.
You might be thinking, “Well duh. What are you, Jolley, stupid?”
Let me clarify. It took me longer than it should have to
learn that, in many if not most cases, your characters are more important than your plot.
Basically, the only time plot matters more than characters is
when you’re writing a one-off. A stand-alone screenplay, for example. The plot
of The Matrix was a good bit more
important than the characters, as evidenced by the utter blanks with which most
of the characters presented us. What did we know about Switch, for example,