I am not lost…

April 11, 2016

Tell Me What You Remember

I’ve not made a secret out of the fact that character development is something to which I’ve devoted way too much of my life. I was obsessed with character surveys. I’ve done star charts for characters–and then altered things depending on how accurate it was. I did my entire undergraduate thesis on the concept. And yet still, sometimes I have trouble carrying all of that onto the page where readers can see it. I can see the character so clearly in my mind; why isn’t that showing through?

But on the few occasions when I’ve really gotten it, I’ve been asked how I managed to do it. This is one of the few places where I’ll ever say “write what you know” and I’m totally serious.

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March 28, 2016

They Say to Write What You Know

I’m generally of the mind to take the phrase “write what you know” with a grain of salt. I’m a fantasy writer, even if the “fantasy” means the daydreams of a high school kid. But with several of my jobs, I’ve spent more than a few days saying “oh god, if I wrote a book about what happens here…”

As you may have noticed, I’ve started doing this with the cafĂ© I work with.

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