Weekend Writing Workout: Seven Deadly Sins

I’ve been zonked with a nasty head/chest cold this week and am feeling a bit behind. But, since I feel behind most of the time, I’m not going to fret about that. I do wish I could breathe through my nose, though. This week’s exercise was inspired by an interview with author Jack Remick. I believe it was the interview on the The Ashley Fontainne Show on Artist First Radio Network: http://www.artistfirst.com/ashleyfontainne.htm (and even if it’s wasn’t, you should listen to the interview anyway, because Jack gives great interview) The interviewer brought up the idea of working with the seven deadly sins, which are: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. I’m sure each of us has experienced every one of these sins...

Weekend Writing Workout and Writing Workout Groups

Many people have writing groups where they read and critique each other’s work. It’s definitely a challenge, though, to find a good critique match. You want critique partners who have similar experience and who write in the same genres. And are just as committed to writing and critiquing as you are. My critique partners are separate from my writing group. I have a handful of friends I trust with early drafts of work and they trust me with theirs. We’ve been reading and critiquing each other for years, growing together as professional writers. My writing group does something else. We write. The idea for our writing group stemmed from a long-standing writing group in Seattle called the Louisa’s Writers. (named for both Louisa street and...

Tropes and Tips for Middle Grade Fiction Writers

I’m still on my summer hiatus, but I just did a guest post on Jack and Bob’s Writing Blog which is a great resource. TROPES AND TIPS FOR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION WRITERS Jack Remick (author of Blood, The Deification, and Valley Boy) and one of the best writing mentors and advocates ever, wrote a guest post for me a few months back for a series I have yet to finish. egad. I will! If you missed Jack’s guest post, CHECK IT...

Weekend Workout: Guest Post by Jack Remick (Character – Action Part 3 of 6)

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce your Weekend Workout guest Jack Remick, author and writing mentor / teacher extraordinaire. He was a great influence and inspiration when I took a dramatic writing class from him and co-teacher Robert Ray many years ago. His exercises have stuck with me to this day. If you’re in the Vancouver area, he often teaches at the Surrey Writer’s Festival. If you enjoy this post, check out Jack and Bob’s Writing Blog for more valuable writing advice and guidance. ~     ~     ~ Character and Action—The Deep Relationship Vulnerability is the key to the sympathetic character. The wound, coupled with a secret coupled with character flaw, gives you a human character. The more obvious the wound, the more deeply buried...

Screenplay: The Frenzy – Always Start with an Exercise

Even when I’m in the middle of a screenplay I’m excited about, when I start out writing for the day, I still find myself procrastinating to the page. I have found that by far the best way to work on a screenplay each day is to start with warm-up exercises. It makes sense, right? It’s like stretching before running. It’s tough to just start working on the script where you left off. Warm-up exercises not only get your brain cells moving, they can inspire that next scene, help you discover something about your characters that you didn’t know before, and help you to find deeper meaning in your story. The most exciting thing about warm-up exercises is when they surprise you. When that AHA seems to come out of thin air. It’s magical....