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Ann Dee and I are teaching together on Saturday at an event that’s raising money to buy bookshelves for the Rick Walton Library in St George. $99 buys you a small 2.5 hour class with two writing teachers, keynote addresses from Shannon Hale and Ally Condie plus other stuff.
There might be room left, if you are interested.
One thing that I love to do when I’m depressed is to make my characters miserable.
I’ll introduce myself (I almost wrote “briefly” right here, but that would be an adverb – aka badverb), and it would also be a lie, since I’m concise-writing challenged. Carol can attest.
Still, before I commence throwing up my words, my name is LoriAnne Spear, but most of my friends and family call me Lori. I am a writer, as yet unpublished in fiction, but I’m working on it. I have three YA projects. Still a writer, nonetheless. How do I know? How did you know? Here’s a weird habit I developed as a teenager that revealed to me that I needed to write.
“Cocooned with a book in her bedroom at the top of the stairs, Lori heard the front door open, then close. Mom was home. Click, click, click, echoed her mother’s heels on the entry hall tile as she strode into the kitchen. She heard a sigh, then the dropping of a purse and keys on the kitchen table.
We’re talking about my Dragon software.
Recently I came up with several book ideas I wanted to get done quickly. ( I haven’t done any of that writing yet. Life.)
So I bought one of those Dragon thingies. You know– the thing that listens to your voice and then writes down whatever you’re saying? Rick Walton used one. It was always hilarious to get his emails. I’m not so sure he went back and reread and reread and reread trying to catch mistakes
Good old Rick. (Now I must admit I haven’t gotten the hang of this thing perfectly. I forget, or have not learned yet, commands that will help me. And Dragon did just write brick instead of Rick. So there.) (Also it tears out my hair when I try to take the microphone off. And I don’t have hair to spare.)
Anyway, this Dragon thing. It works pretty well. I like it.
The problem is with me. I’m not used to talking out my book ideas.
I’d say 6 % of my writing I do using the Dragon.
Like this post.
That’s my endorsement. The Dragon thing. Get one if you have carpal tunnel.
(I don’t have carpal tunnel.)
Suggestions for names? I can’t have a Dragon thing and not have a name for it.
Also, yesterday at church, a five-year-old was asked to identify Peter, James and John in a poster I held.
“Who is this?” I asked him in front of the entire group of children.
With a huge smile he said, “Penis, James and John.”
Oh, I love kids.
Okay. We have Lisa Roylance taking over Friday posts
and LoriAnne Spear helping with Three Thing Thursday.
Here are some writing exercises:
- Write about cheese.
- Write about your belly.
- Write about the time in third grade you got your heart broken.
- Write about airplanes.
- Write about the summer.
- Write about merry-go-rounds.
- Write a new plot for a book in 25 words or less (hate doing this but need to do this)
- Write about camping.
- Write about your best friend dying even if she isn’t.
- Write about mud slides in your backyard.
- Write hairy legs.
- Write about trucks.
- Write about George Washington.
- Write about the last time you cried.
- Write about the last time you laughed.
- Write an ending to a mystery.
- Write a beginning to a mystery.
- Write about your first favorite book.
- Write about melons.
- Write about candy.
I can’t decide if this is Three Thing Thursday or Three Things Thursday.
What do you think?
My latest idea in character development is using the 36 “love questions” to understand my characters better. You may have heard about this experiment in articles such as this one: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html?referer=
Nine Things You Could Add to Your Scenes Today
- a family joke
- the names of your three favorite cousins
- your deepest, darkest secret
- your favorite song
- something you make up from nothing–like your own Proverbs
- make up your own horoscope for you character that she always checks the day after (Ann Dee did this is the book we wrote. She is so danged funny.)
- Your own riddles that play toward the plot in some way
- I always add a tiny something from my core beliefs. When others, who believe the way I do, read the book, they can wonder about me.
- let your character do something you’ve always wanted to do