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Greetings from Northern California

The view from Lucia


The view from Lucia

The view from Lucia


I hope that you and your loved ones had a safe & happy Holiday Season! I’m just back home from California where my husband and I spent Christmas visiting family and friends. Needless to say, I’ve come down with a heavy cold, so I’ll have to make this short. Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting next week, starting with Monday tips on Mondays, Book reviews on Wednesdays, and Internet goodies on Fridays!

Also, just to let you know, I’m taking THWARTED QUEEN on a blog tour, starting February 11. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful January!



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Tips from the Internet: How to create a ROUNDED character, and how to grab your reader’s emotions

Here are a couple of things I found on the internet:


  1. From Terrible Minds:  The most important thing you can do is make your reader FEEL something. To do that you must be
    1. An excellent liar.
    2. Someone who is at least mildly disturbed.
    3. Capable of thinking of profound evils and delirious virtues in equal measure.
    4. Willing to commit acts of overwhelming cruelty to invisible, non-existent people.
    5. Someone who had lots of imaginary friends as a child. And possibly as an adult.

To read more, click on this link:  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/02/09/storyteller-as-puppetmaster/  FYI Chuck Wendig (who runs this site) had good advice, but a somewhat foul-mouthed. So be warned.


From Writer’s Digest: How do you create a well-rounded character? Vary the status of that character from scene to scene. You will find that your character reacts differently, and becomes more interesting in the process. To read more, click on this link:  http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/how-to-raise-your-characters-above-the-status-quo



Do you have any tips you found on the internet you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a comment in the box below.


Have a wonderful week!


Image is taken from artsalive.lskysd.ca

This piece first appeared in the September newsletter. If you would like to read more such tips, or hear about how my progress on THWARTED QUEEN is going, please sign up for the newsletter by clicking on the appropriate link to the right.

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