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Hey ya’ll, I’m back with another post for the Beautiful People meme, hosted by the very creative Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. This month, its all about friendship. So, I want to introduce you to Frida Dereche and Parthenia Valencia, two best friends (?) in my WIP.
This is the first time I’ve participated in a “link-up” of this sort, so it’s super exciting. Although, I did create a link-up of my own. If ya’ll haven’t heard of this project, Beautiful People is a monthly list of questions writers can use to flesh out their characters, utilizing their blogs to do so. It’s pretty cool. So, again, I’m glad to be a part of this, and if you’d like to join up, you can find out more about Beautiful People here.
This month, I’d love to introduce you guys to Roland Naveau. He’s being a bit of a pill, which is hazardous during Camp NaNo, so getting to know him better is at the top of my agenda. Wouldn’t you like to meet him? I thought you would. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I have of him. He’s quite elusive. (*I also think he hides pictures.)
I’m pretty excited on this quiet, Saturday morning. Want to know why? Of course you do. Today is the day of the first Writer’s Link Party. Cue the streamers! I’m excited to bring you some of the best of the best of the World Wide Web, and I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for moi.
I could think clever-er things to say, but I’m way too excited. So, let’s get this Party started, shall we? Remember, comment below to get your entry on this list!
Are your minor characters REALLY necessary?
I know, it’s a loaded question. You’re probably attached to your cast by now, if you’re out of the planning stages. That’s why it’s so important to analyze your character crew before you start writing that first draft. What’s the use of writing, and fleshing out, several minor characters if they’re of no use in the first place?
That’s what we’re going to discuss today.
As student writers, we can’t afford to waste our time. Minor characters that add little to the plot are time-wasters. Minor characters that add nothing to the development of major characters are time-wasters. So, what can we do to make sure we don’t waste our time?
Analysis of our minor characters can determine whether they deserve to stay, or if they should be tossed with the Tuesday garbage. It’s easy to analyze our characters, especially minor ones.
You can start by doing something very simple.
Ask yourself the following questions when you’re questioning your minor character’s usefulness. (Oh, I crack myself up sometimes.)
Sometimes, it’s hard to find inspiration. Like, really hard. So, I wanted to give you guys a head start by compiling a list of different writing prompts. I’ve got fifty of them for ya’ll. There are three different categories of prompts, but there are at least fifteen prompts to a bunch.
So, have at it!
You’re writing. Your fingers can’t keep up with the words floating around your mind. Then, without warning, the Inner Critic crawls onto your shoulder. It whispers its dishonest remarks in your ear. Your fingers freeze with the realization that the Critic is right. You can’t write another word.
So, you scroll back through the words you wrote earlier. The Critic goes to work, and repeats its insults. You think. You agree with the critic again. Now, writing seems like a chore. You slink away from your keyboard, and hang your head like a scolded dog. You feel like one.
Does that little tale sound familiar? Chances are, it does. And that’s a shame. In this post, I’m going to talk about ten things the Inner Critic tells us, and why it’s right.