I spent this past weekend doing a character interview with the antagonist in my work in progress. I’ve shied away from doing character interviews in the past because, frankly, they seemed silly. My characters lived in my imagination. I created them. I didn’t need to ask a series of questions of, in essence, myself pretending to be my character to figure out their weaknesses and goals. So why did I change my mind? I realized I was neglecting one of my greatest strengths as a writer. Continue reading
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Every writer has heard the advice about killing your darlings. How important it is to know when to let go, be it an idea or a beautiful passage of prose, a turn of phrase. There is a maturity in sacrificing a small jewel in a project for the betterment of the story itself. But let’s face it. It hurts. Like re-breaking a misaligned bone so that it can be re-set. You are clearing something good to make way for something amazing.
I recently heard a somewhat extreme version of the killing your darlings concept. It’s for those that are caught in a quagmire and cannot seem to move forward, or just those daredevils that want to see what other options might be out there. The concept is this. Take your best idea, or a couple of your best ideas, and throw it out. Then dive back into the project and see what shakes loose. Continue reading