"As a playwright, characters may be more important than one would think.
The following statements are my own opinion:
I have noticed that women (not all) tend to write what I call, "cause plays". The characters are just instruments of what…"
"Good question, Michelle. I write a series and often find my minor characters showing up again when I hadn't planned on using them. I like it when that happens and I've learned to pay attention when they coming knocking. "
"I enjoyed your post today, Donna. It was just what the doctor ordered; pardon the cliche. It's so easy to get lost in work, problem solving, making ends meet; things I never worried about as a kid. I think I'll do something outrageous…"
"Often those well-developed characters help drive the plot. For me, when that happens, I'm off and running and enjoying the writing process. And when a rich setting takes on a character presence of its own, well, you got a great story…"
"When I am reading a book I am more interested in the plot, I know that is not fair to the author who spent their time creating them.
However, I enjoy creating the characters as well as the plot. When I wrote the first draft of my novel…"
What's more important, plot or character? That's a tough question to answer. A great mystery plot will keep me turning the pages until the end. But delightful, intriguing characters whom I can relate to make me feel as if I'm part of the story. Beginning the next book in a series is like a visit with old friends. When I reach the last page, I often don't want the book to end. Wherever those characters go, I want to go with them. While characters are entertaining, great plotting grabs…See More
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I write the Sydney Lockhart mystery series and the Classic Triviography Mystery Series. My nonfiction book The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (September 2012: University Press of Florida) has been nominated for the George Perkins Marsh Award for environmental history.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Texas Highways magazine
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Plays, Journalism, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
I can offer advice on social networking, mystery mysteries, and contacting agents and editors (writing queries).
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Murder Must Advertise, Cozy Mystery Writers
My professional associations:
Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Fidalgo Island Writers Guild, Skagit Valley Writers League
Stop by if you have a chance. August 13 would have been Alfred Hitchcock's 113 birthday. What if Hitchcock's more psychotic characters ended up in therapy together? Discover what happens to Norman Bates and Marnie Edgar.…
Welcome to the novelist group, Kathleen. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.
We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.
Shannon, thanks for your latest comment re the requirement for content within the nature writing genre. What we don't want are more descriptions of shimmering sunsets etc. I'm paraphrasing Mark Tredinnick below, an…"