Character description

Blog post for today, borrowed…

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

I have no original thoughts today, so I’m stealing a post written almost three and a half years ago by my friend Doyle McKim.

Writing tip of the month: Character description.
Posted on November 5, 2011 by lewiscountywriters

You’ve just been hooked into a gripping story line when suddenly it stops and you’re handed a parts list of someone’s face and build. Is that what you want to read at the moment? Do you even want a detailed description or do you want to supply some of your own?

There are things we must know soon, of course. In order of importance: Is your character human, or maybe a rabbit or a lamp post; male or female; Caucasian or otherwise; young or old; fair or dark?

Feed it slowly. A name, will usually tell gender, so will a pronoun. “He poured powder into the muzzle.” What else does…

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Writing – Random Thoughts

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

So, no real topic today. As the title says, Random Thoughts.

Writers seem to be smart people. Nice generalization eh? As with any generalization… blah blah exceptions blah blah. Or it could be the filters I have that don’t let me deal with idiots. Hmm, I don’t seem to have my ‘Politically Correct’ filter on right now. I’ve categorized people as either smart or idiots. What a snob I be.

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More on Self/Indie Publishing

From our writers blog, with thanks to Kyle Pratt

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

Maybe I should say, ‘Moron Self/Indie Publishing’. But, that would only be if I were giving you my opinions on this subject.

I have a friend in my local writers group, Lewis County Writers Guild, that has been successful in publishing and promoting his writing. Successful enough that he has quit his non-writer job and is making enough money to support himself. At least for a while.

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Whidbey Island Writers Conference: Day 1 – PM

Thoughts from the Writers Conference

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

This post is just a summary, or actually half a summary of my afternoon chathouse experience on the first day. See Intro and Morning Chathouse here.

Afternoon of the first day, I chose for my chathouse: Roughing it: Guideposts through rough draft territory.

The faculty were Janet Lee Carey and Stefon Mears.I will summarize the six guideposts presented by Stefon first (because he went first). Next week, will be Janet’s six.

1: Goals and deadlines. Nanowrimo gives a goal and a deadline. Some people need this.
An unfinished story is no good to anyone and sometimes setting deadlines and goals
can help you get through the rough draft process.

2: Practice. Musicians practice, painters practice, but it seems only writers are expected to produce complete works without practice. But that’s a lie, and the truth is, every story is practice. And sometimes your practice can make…

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Whidbey Island Writers Conference: Day 1 – AM

My latest…

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

How did you spend your weekend?

On Wednesday, after much twitching, I decided to go to my first Writers Conference. Whidbey Island is about three hours north of me, and is beautiful. I was going back and forth about going, it’s not cheap, but finally my wife told me, “Go, it’s your birthday present.” And I gave in.

Best present ever! The conference started on Friday and went through Sunday morning. This post will describe my first day, Friday in the AM. I’ll cover the rest of the weekend in later posts. And, this will be a summary, with more detailed comments in later posts.

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