Generating Page-Turning Momentum—Characters & The Wound

Kristen, I love your post.  I was stuck on the first picture for about five minutes trying to figure out how in the world that happened.  Would be great to hear the one sentence story on that. 🙂

As for the character wounds, I have to agree.  A fictional story can be bland without a problem and good reasoning for the problem.  Thanks for sharing the insight.

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Screen Shot 2012-12-20 at 10.17.54 AM Hmmm, what’s the story behind THIS?

Can we answer the question, “What is your book about?” in one sentence. Is our answer clear and concise? Does it paint a vivid picture of something others would want to part with time and money to read? Plot is important, but a major component of a knockout log-line is casting the right characters.

Due to popular demand I am running my Your Story in a Sentenceclass in about two weeks and participants have their log lines shredded and rebuilt and made agent-ready. Log-lines are crucial because if we don’t know what our book is about? How are we going to finish it? Revise it? Pitch it? Sell it?

Once we have an idea of what our story is about and have set the stage for the dramatic events that will unfold, we must remember that fiction is about PROBLEMS. Plain and simple…

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What’s in a Name?

Very nice post Kelsie!

Awhile ago, I made a list of a bunch of names so that in a crunch  (or when my mind goes blank 🙂 ) I could stick in a name for a character.  When I made the list I kept a few things in mind – ethnicity and meaning, commonality of the name in today’s society, and uniqueness.  Depending on what the story is about determines what name I’ll plug in.

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

-William Shakespeare

How do you name your characters? 

Is it with as much care as you would name your child?

  • Some cultures believe that the name of a child will impact the person that they will become.
  • Some cultures do not name a child until they show some personality trait, and then choose a name that reflects that.
  • Some cultures rename individuals throughout their lives, with a name that is most fitting for that character.
  • Some name their children after the parents or a family name.
  • Some are named after favorite saints or gods and goddesses.
  • Some cultures name according to birth order.
  • Some give two or three names, utilizing one or two or three of the above customs.
  • Surnames were often given to reflect a person’s profession: John the Baker=John Baker.


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Writing and Love, it’s About Control

Truer words have never been spoken, Millie.  Many writers, and I do this as well sometimes, attempt to control the character because we have a set agenda on where the story should go.  But like reality, situations and lives can move in directions that we never expect.

Writing Tips from Jodie Renner

I love Jodie’s advice.  Especially items 1 and 2 about staying in character and out of your own head when writing.  When I look back at some of the things I’ve written here, I can clearly see the difference between times when I felt, thought and experienced the story as the character as opposed to just writing about what I thought the character would feel or think.

She also has good points on pepping up story dialogue.

People watching can be good for your writing!

The idea of people-watching can seem weird, but for a writer it can help with character development. Observing how others interact or respond to different situations can give insight to potential personalities and how they vary in this widespread world. It can also serve as a compass in the sense of gauging how many individuals act or say things in a certain manner. Nothing is worse than to create or read something that is unrealistic or less than truthful. While these may be reasons that I support people-watching for writing, what are yours?

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I love people watching, I find it inspires me.  People are so interesting aren’t they? Everyone has a story to tell, and within an airport there are many people and many stories to read.  Travellers coming and going, some for business, some for pleasure.

I’m travelling for work and find myself sitting in the Gordon Ramsey restaurant in Terminal 5 at the Heathrow Airport just watching people.


I can see a man sitting at a table with a young lady.  They’re sharing a bottle of champagne.  He must be in his 60s, her likely in her 20s.  Is she his mistress? Girlfriend? Colleague?  A short while later, he touches her leg, I can see that under the table.  I rule out the colleague.

Everyone has a story.


I get a lot of my ideas for characters from sitting in public places and watching people.  Coffee shops for example are brilliant…

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