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Currently Reading

1)   The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Yes, I am still reading this one. I keep getting interesting books and I want to read them right away so I read this between whatever I’m currently reading.

2)   Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Flewelling

I think, if I could only ever read one author for the rest of my life and no one else, it would have to be Lynn Flewelling with her Nightrunner series. It is so good, I can’t even stand it. This is the third book in her series. In a nutshell: her main characters, Seregil and Alec, must journey to Aurenen (Seregil’s birth country) to help Skala in their war against Plenimar. Amazing, brilliant, gripping, I can never stop reading her words. I’m only about a tenth through it and I’m already wishing she had a hundred more books for me to read.

3) The Scene Book by Sandra Scofield

I’m already about two chapters in and it’s rhetoric with a few good points so far. I need to try one of the exercises because thus far, I’m not sure if it will help my specific issues.

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Since I always write with Night_mare pretty much every night, we invariably end up talking about writing. Not just whether a scene works or not but the deeper aspects of writing: does it feel real? What is their passion? What do they want? What are they scared of? Why would someone care about this character?

So when I thought of doing some joint blogs with her where we actually publish some of our thoughts, it shouldn’t surprise me that she even had a problem with my first sample prompt.

Me: You write amazingly unique and fascinating characters. Why don’t we have our first prompt be 3 ways to make your characters unique?

Her: Well, it isn’t being unique that is really important when it comes to characters. It’s the emotional connection you create between the character and the reader.

So of course she has to outclass me even at the planning stages of a blog. But! I will not give up! I can talk about character development too so here goes. You can see her take on the subject in her blog here and follow her Twitter here.

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