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There are many types of developmental work authors find helpful as they write their manuscripts. As fall approaches (and perhaps you get excited about all the free writing time you'll have once the kids are back in their classrooms), here are some WRITER HOMEWORK SUGGESTIONS plus resource links you'll want to have at the ready. 1. Complete character worksheets for your main and secondary protagonists & antagonists. http://www.writerscircleworkshops.com/docs/TWC_20Qs_worksheet.pdf http://www.creative-writing-now.com/writing-character-profiles.html http://www.jillwilliamson.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Character-Worksheet.pdf 2. Pinterest board your characters' look, key settings, etc. https://writersanontaunton.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/how-to-use-pinterest-to-write-your-novel/ Here's an example from my novel THE SOUND OF LETTING GO 3. Build spreadsheets to refine timelines. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2015/02/organize-your-no
In the midst of working on a new manuscript, I suddenly found myself asking a question that SHOULD have had an obvious answer—especially because the story I am telling involves manipulation, crime, even murder: WHO IS THE BAD GUY IN THIS STORY? MY MC’s FOE? THE ANTAGONIST? While I could easily write down the name of the killer, he wasn’t really the foe of the MC. I could name the characters who manipulated others or kept guilty secrets, but none of them were cut-and-dried baddies out to destroy my narrators. This question got me to thinking about the question of literary antagonists. In genre fiction, where the term “villain” can frequently be substituted for the word “antagonist” (and correspondingly, the protagonist can be seen as a “hero,” naming the main character’s foe can be fairly simple. Here are a few examples: HARRY POTTER series by J. K. Rowling. ANTAGONIST: Voldemort (shhhh!) CINDER (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer: ANTAGONISTS: Cinder’s stepmother;
BANISHED , the second in Kimberley's Forbidden Trilogy hit shelves earlier this year, praised by fans and reviewers! “...this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires.” (Booklist, starred) At Kimberley's website you'll find a treasure-trove of resources from reading guides to website links to information on belly dancing! So, I asked her... You write young adult, middle grade and now romance books, promote your work brilliantly, and offer support to other writers. What guidance might you offer others struggling to balance writing with the "business of authordom"? Kimberley said ... The aspect of trying to keep the career going and having to do so much of my own marketing and publicity has been the hardest to accept…I’ve come to realize that I spen