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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Purring Tigers and Gloating Writers

I'm still savoring my victory from yesterday, though I must say that I started out with one character, who promptly decided that they had a spouse and children.

Actually, having a family makes the character a nicer fit for where I want to put them in this current tale. I went back and pulled up my main characters fact sheet and began knitting her history and the new characters history together. As I was doing that this morning, I realized that because of the age difference, it would make more sense for the character to have a connection with the main character’s father, not her. This really was a cool surprise and something I desperately needed as well. I wanted her father to have some old pals from his rather wild days but because I am working on getting the plot down and the bones down I didn’t bother to give him any. Poor man, no one liked him before the current time in story.

So, her father now has an old.. . well let’s just call them a buddy for now, who will later help out his daughter when she needs it the most. This trick isn’t anything new; in fact it’s probably one of the most used writing devices when constructing a quest storyline. The younger protagonist needs a more experienced mentor to come along and help shape them into the necessary hero and viola’ somewhere along the way they meet an old friend of their fathers’ or mothers’ or someone that is a friend of the family and willing to help them along for the sake of their parents.

Lemony Snickets’ A Series of Unfortunate Events uses this concept well, where the friends of their parents are both help and hindrance to the final revelation.

Inkspell and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke are also masterful examples of a friend of a parent helping the protagonist out.

Right, well that’s the thought for now, I’m going to go and write some more seeing as I’m laid up for today.

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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