Monthly Archives: April 2011



#DIYMFA Homework Assignment #2: TADA! Character Compass

#DIYMFA Homework Assignment #2: TADA! Character Compass

Today’s lesson at DIY MFA focuses on showing, not telling, and using the TADA  (Though Action Dialog Appearance) Character Compass. In the (very teeny) diagram to the left,  the outside of the compass represents the maximum amount of that attribute. The closer to the center, the less that attribute was used. In the example from today’s lesson, the compass represents an excerpt that is heavy on dialog and action, and moderate on thought and appearance– so we’re saying how we feel about things and not talking about what our characters are feeling or how others are reacting to what our characters say or who they are. Our homework assignment was […]





Six Sentence Sunday 4.3.2011

Six Sentence Sunday 4.3.2011

This excerpt is from a chapter my longest. story. ever, haha! Not kidding, thought it would never end! “I knew you pissed me off on purpose!” I crossed my arms and glared in his general direction, then lost my resolve and softened. “Okay, you’re kind of hot when you’re pissed, too. But we shouldn’t do that on purpose.” “I’m a man, so I say dumb things. You get mad, yell at me, throw some stuff and slam a door, but all I’m thinking is, ‘God she’s hot‘.” Check out the other amazing Six Sentence contributors at Six Sentence Sunday!



#DIYMFA Writing Sprint #1- Breaking out of the comfort zone

#DIYMFA Writing Sprint #1- Breaking out of the comfort zone

Today was the first Writing Sprint for DIY MFA. The theme today was breaking out of the writer’s comfort zone, breaking old habits that we settle into, so that when we aren’t comfortable, we can’t write. I typically write at home, on my bed. I have a little lap desk that I set up and here is pretty much where I’ve written anything I’ve ever written. I don’t have a desk, so here I sit, day and night, writing. I normally have complete silence… if the TV is on, it’s muted. I also like to have some music playing, at least in one ear. And sometimes, even if I don’t […]