Only have a few posts to share today. And as I’m busy scribbling away my own words, going to get right to it.
First, Ava Jae has a post On Writer Insecurities. Oh, this is one I can so relate to. Even after self-publishing two books and having a story that someone else thought was good enough to be included in a collection, I face this. Even after my grandma telling me the book was good(and she’s one of the most critical people I know). Despite her backhanded compliment(“I was really surprised it was so good.” Thanks). Despite all the times my CP has said one of my MSs is good, I’m sure the next one she reads, I’m going to get back, “sorry, but this one really sucked.” Someone’s going to discover I’m really a fraud and can’t even string two sentences together. And when I start thinking those things, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who faces that.
And last week, Kait Nolan did a series on interviewing your characters. She talked about Unstructured Interviews, Semi-Structured Interviews, and Structured Interviews. Actually, judging by the dates on the posts, they’re older ones that she reposted last week. Still good posts to check out. I don’t really do character interviews. I do write out my character’s back stories. And I usually start it like an unstructured interview. Put down their name, usually age, where they were born, when, their parents…and it just goes from there. It really feels like they are telling me their story. And sometimes leave things out that they really don’t want to talk about. Which, sometimes, can tell you even more about them.
And for those who want to write more diversely and do it well, Dahlia Adler has a post with Resources for Writing Marginalized Perspectives. This is one I’m planning to keep bookmarked in my research folder.