If you’re wondering where I am….

I’ve decided to take a few days off from Tumblr. Not a full one since I still check it a few times (2-4 times) a day but it’s enough to explain my lack of posts.
What I’m up to now?
(1) Find Your Way Back Chapter 5 mostly. It’s almost finished but I’m going to let it sit still until I get half of the chapter following it done because it needs to connect things. I don’t want to post it then have to revise it over again. Though, there will definitely be a sneak peek of sorts posted here on Tumblr on Sunday, just not now because I’m on mobile. (Mini spoiler: Grocery, Maggie throwing a tantrum and being her stubborn self, and a parking lot.)
(2) I keep this artsy/music/writing blog with two other friends. I’m in knee-deep writing an album review for Ingrid Michaelson’s newest right to this very minute. (Side note: Listen to it. It grows on you. Title is “Lights Out”)
(3) I am actually on vacation (at least from work) at my Mom’s hometown. Things here are, well, very provincial, quiet, and while I love it, internet and phone reception is very unpredictable to say the least.
(4) Also, I’m working on some personal projects. Right now, I’m on the building stages so nothing’s really tangible but it’s been always a dream of mine…to be a published author…so, yeah, that’s all I could say.
I’ll be back soon, just a couple more days. And, oh, Orphan Black’s coming back. Oh my god! (I’m fangirling, I know!)

Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things that people do.

William Zinsser (via writingquotes)

Introducing Characters: Creating First Impressions

fictionwritingtips:

It can be hard to come up with different ways to introduce your characters or ways that will really make your character stick in your readers’ minds. You might have done the ‘have your character describe themselves while looking in the mirror’ too many times and it can become tiresome for readers. In order to avoid clichés, you have to familiarize yourself with what works and what doesn’t. Read the first few pages of some books and see how the author chose to introduce a specific character and you’ll quickly find out what you like and what you don’t like.

Creating a first impression of a character takes some time and preparation. The main problem most people have with introducing characters is that the beginning of their story can become too “telly”. Instead of thinking of creative ways to describe someone, writers sometimes tend to info-dump. Info dumping is when you give a bunch of information at once that’s usually crucial to the plot, but done in a boring, obvious, or intrusive way. In order to improve your characters first impressions, try these tips.

Introduce your character through action

One of the best ways to introduce a character is through action. Try having your character do something interesting that also explains their goals and personality. Think of an exciting situation that reveals something instead of just telling through narrative. I’m not saying there needs to be a huge car chase or a big action sequence, but we should be able to see them in action right away. For example, if you want your character to be introduced as a hot-head, maybe open with them in an argument with someone. If you have a shy/meek character that always gets stepped on, try opening with them getting talked down to. Don’t tell us “Amy was shy”, show us.

Get to know your characters first

You cannot give a proper first impression of your character unless you know your character very well first. In order to reveal certain things about your character over the course of your story, your character can’t be a mystery to you. They can be a mystery to your readers, but not the writer.  Develop your characters first and then think about how you want them to come off when they’re introduced. You have the power to control what your audience thinks and feels about your character (for the most part)!

Think about what you want your audience to know

As the writer, you have the power to keep information from your readers and you have control over when they get it. This is important when making first impressions. The character’s introduction can also be a lie. Maybe they’re not who they say they are and they trick even the reader. If you’re creating a character like this, don’t avoid introducing the character—work on introducing the façade of that character, or who they are pretending to be. Think about what you want your audience to know and you’ll have control over the first impressions your characters make.

-Kris Noel