I’ve had this little ditty by Fairly Odd Parents’ Chip Skylark in my head all day. It’s sung by *Nsync’s Chris Kirkpatrick and since I’m a HUGE fan, I actually have his songs from FOP on my iPod. It’s rather fun to go from Ludacris “Slap” to Chip Skylark “Find Your Voice” to Madonna “Holiday”. I love shuffle. There is a point to my rambles about iPods and cartoon songs. Lesson #4 in my Advanced Fiction Writing Class is about Viewpoint, Voice, And Tense. Viewpoint- or uh. Point of View, or the intentions of the narrator. Who’s telling the story and from what vantage point? We learned about three viewpoints: […]
Yearly Archives: 2009
Soylent Green. And Character Sketches. It’s People. Lesson #3 is on character sketches– pyramids and notebooks and protagonist and antagonist. Creating sympathy and antipathy. Naming your characters— I hate bad character names. I just….I do. Don’t make them up. One thing that I found interesting was that our instructor advised that you ‘write who you know’, or develop your characters from people you know in your life. Dice them up and put them back together again, change names and features and characteristics. (cont’d)
Sometimes my method of picking books is really calculated. And then sometimes I just see something and think, ‘hmph. I’ll read that, I guess.’ Sharp Objects was chosen via the latter method. Suffice it to say,I think I started this book sometime last week, maybe over the weekend. It’s Tuesday and I just finished it. Literally a few minutes ago… I’ve been buried in it all weekend.
Here’s to hoping I get something done today! I have a couple of writing projects that need to be started or finished: 1. The Epic, it must end. Soon. I have an ending in mind, already. It’s just getting there. 2. My Fanfiction AU. I just think it’s a good story and I want to finish it. It’ll likely be my last “JC” story for the fanfiction archive. 3. My Lifetime movie inspired drama based on some Nanny storyline. I’ve never seen the movie but the premise is the usual ‘nanny falls for the dad, will do anything to have him’. This one is fandom based as well. 4. NaNoWriMo–need […]
Wow. I wasted an entire day. I don’t really feel all that bad about it. I caught up on other stuff. I wish I had read some, though. Maybe tomorrow. Time to pug in the Dave Matthews Band and get to typing!
I got up early to write, and saw that Jane over at Dear Author had already been busy this morning on the Twitter (or more likely last night) so I headed over to her site to see what new things lay in store for me. I do enjoy her reviews, specifically on really-bad-but-still-managed-to-get-published pieces. They give me hope. Anyhow, Jane’s latest poll is about grammar, and how good you are at it. I’ll admit I am more of a grammar snob than I should be. I love words, correctly used and phrased and spelled. I love sentences that slide off of the tongue, that are well punctuated. I love dialogue […]
Every story has a plot, and a lot of stories use the same plot template. The difference is in the writer, and what template s/he chooses to use and what fresh ideas they bring to the plot of the story. Today’s lesson was on plot templates, what’s required to have a good, effective plot and a vehicle to move the emotion of your story along: setup, struggle, climax, tension, conflict, sacrifice, purpose-filled action. Whether the story is an action adventure or a love story, these elements are important.
do you type really fast? – Well, I can type really fast. It’s just that it won’t be readable or spelled correctly, is all. did you like high school? – Not at all. how old are you? – 35. That was a shock to me, actually. I guess I had planned to stay 34 another year– MySpace informed me that I had turned 35. favorite pen color – Blue. Or purple. what annoys you more than anything? – Pointless questions. Like, I’m at the store, and I buy something for $4.29 with a $5 bill and the clerk says ” Out of five?” I always want to answer, “No, out […]
My friend Becky is taking it and I was jealous so I was a copycat and signed up as well. It’s not so much a writing course as well-timed material being placed on the internet for reading, with a quiz following immediately after, and an assignment that is optional. At the end of our class, we will have a required assignment, which I assume will be a full fledged piece. And so, Advanced Fiction Writing began last night, but I didn’t actually get the materials till today. Turns out I was waiting for a username and password that wasn’t going to come, so I just logged in. The first class […]
I bought new books, the other day, based off of….some list I found. May 2009 Great Reads, I think. I’m excited to start reading! Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn From Publisher’s Weekly: