I just bought one of these digital art tablets and am really excited about learning how to use it. I have a background in art (pencil and watercolor paintings) but nothing in the area of digital art. My goal is to learn how to make my own book covers and promotional items.
On YouTube there are some artists who have some amazing videos of their wok with this device. Now that I have one I'll be able to apply and learn from them.
If anyone does digital art, let me know what you use and what you've found to best help you learn the craft.
Using the experiences in your life adds added layers to your story. Finding the right words to pull that emotion into your story can be a bit tougher.
You don't have to write the experience word for word and place it into your story. Instead, use the emotion tempered with the event that is relevant to the story you're writing.
Draw upon what you remember by adding in the senses. Example: Location- a hospital.
The antiseptic smell, the false brightness, the intercom paging doctors, the ping of the elevator, unsavory odors as you walk past rooms, groans and moans, crying, televisions blaring, blank stares, grouchy patients, grouchy nurses, nurses who don't answer patient calls, the electric energy burst when there is a code red or blue. Laughter of visitors in a patient's room, fussy children, the feeling of hopelessness, the feeling of relief of finally going home.
If you've ever visited someone in a hospital or been in one, I'm sure some of the above list brings back memories. Use your memories to enhance the story for the reader. By using this writing tool of description you can deepen the experience for the reader.
Another example: Jeanay swallowed the hard knot in her throat. Fear stretched and twisted her stomach. An upswell of nausea threatened to dislodge the contents of her recent lunch onto the floor of cave. A cool, breeze tinged with salt brushed her cheeks.
You see, all of us have experienced fear. By implementing this into the example, I hope you can see what I mean by using life experiences to enrich your writing.
I wish you the best in your writing. I will be teaching again in the future. Detail will be posted as soon as I know them.
National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short began in 1999 and has now spread across the world. NaNo is free but donations keep the site going. There is also a Young Writers Program and in April, Script Frenzy.What am I talking about?
A month of literary abandon.Writers from all over the world from November 1-30 write a 50,000 word novel in one month. That's 200 pages. NaNo is for a project you start from scratch, not one you've already been working on.The goal is to lock up the internal editor and write your story.
Let your characters take you on a journey. They have a story to tell.When NaNo is over then it's time to edit.
From some of the items I've read at various places, it appears some writers don't understand you MUST edit your novel.WRITING STRATEGIESThis year the Crock-Pot will be used. It will cook as as I type. One pot to clean and leftovers to heat up.A synopsis and character sheets so I have an idea of where I'm going. This isn't written in stone but it does give me direction without being strict. Intense, detailed plotting is a sure fire way to get my muse to rebel. All the fun of writing and discovery is taken away, so I don't do it.HAVE FUN! I repeat, HAVE FUN! If you're not having fun and aren't excited about your story, you aren't going to want to write those 8 pages a day. Pick a topic and genre that will sustain you through the month.Sign up with your local region, make friends. have word wars. There will probably be times when you'll get frustrated and need some encouragement. Your local region and your buddy list will help with that.Why not try it? If you don't reach the 50,000 words you haven't failed. You made great headway on writing a novel, you made friends and shared your passion with like-minded individuals. So many people say, "I'd like to write a novel," but they never do.
DO IT! You might be surprised at what you discover.I'll see you November 1, 2011 at the NaNoWriMo website.http://www.nanowrimo.org
All the best,
The Importance of Characterization
©2011 Tambra Kendall
I hope this post on characterization is helpful. Sometimes just hearing something explained in a different way by another writer makes the AHA! moment occurs. This is adjusted from my Characterization and Plotting online workshop. If anyone is interested in taking the workshop, I'm teaching the last one of the year coming up at the end of October for Savvy Authors http://www.savvyauthors.com
I'm looking forward to your comments on this topic.
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How do you start? I find the character chart an excellent beginning. It lets you see the development of the character as you fill in the information. These charts are fluid enough so you can change as needed for those who write by the seat of their pants.
I can't stress enough the importance of knowing your characters. You need to go deep to make them three-dimensional. You are creating a character with a past, present and a future. They have emotions, likes, dislikes and their point of view is how they view the world around them. Keep this in mind as you fill out the chart/charts.
You can always change things, as you get further along in a story and learn the character more. The charts also give you a quick reference on character statistics. When you work on multiple stories at a time this can really help and save you from using the find/search feature. This reference will help when you have to fill out cover art forms for a publisher.
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t have all the blanks filled out on the charts. Ideas will come to you as the character develops and becomes more real. Later on, you can to go back and make adjustments or fill in areas you didn’t know the answers to. Some authors have characters hit them full-fledged, while others have created this character in their mind and its just a matter of writing down the facts.
A story is fluid so don’t be afraid to make changes. On the other hand, if you change too much you’re going to have huge problems. As a writer, you need to learn how to balance this and that comes with practice. If this occurs, you need to step back and examine the documents. You might have too much information for one book.
Remember as your creating your characters they are not supposed to be perfect, they need flaws or else the reader won’t be able to identify with them. Without flaws, the character can’t grow and learn what they need to by the end of the book. It’s part of the character arc.This is one of the ways a three dimensional character is built.
KNOW THY CHARACTERS.
Character Charts and Interviews
If you’ve filled the character charts and still have problems getting to know your main characters, you can do a character interview. You can have a critique partner or writing friend help, which is fun. If no one is around you can do this on your own, so no worries.
Pretend your sitting across from your character and talk to them. Write down what you discover. Many authors have overcome plot obstacles, stumbling blocks this way. This may be where you begin to see how character motivation and plot are connected.
If you don’t have any charts, here are two charts to get you started. (Even if you do, sometimes having some extra charts with different items is all the muse needs to get going.)
Fill out for charts for each: hero, heroine and villain. A strong villain is needed so you need to know him/her too. Since your hero and heroine must be strong characters, so must your villain.
Character Development Chart
Title of Story:
Publisher: (or target publisher, if you know this)
3 positive, 3 negative
Mannerisms/Habits good or bad:
Character’s Greatest Fear:
Character’s Greatest Desire:
Self-Concept (How does character see themselves):
Wicked Temptations was formerly publsihed by Whiskey Creek Press Torrid in my Celtic Love Knots Vol. 9 anthology. This one is a little longer and it has a gorgeous cover designed by Kath Urbahn of Kath Urbahn Publishing.
This short erotic paranormal romance is available from Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble online (Nook) and Xinxii.
The links to buy:
The price is $0.99 USD.
Laria MacCleod is the owner of Wicked Temptations, a teashop known for its pastries and scones.
Hamish Wallace, owns the building across the street from Laria. He is aggressive in his tactics, pushing her to sell her property, despite Laria's adamant refusals. The land Laria owns is sacred to the Fae. Laria and the women in her family are endowed with magical abilities in exchange for their role as protectors and keepers of the grove.
Laria needs a hero. Handsome patron and shortbread lover, attorney Cameron Logan fits the role perfectly.
The attraction between Laria and Cameron sizzle white-hot while Hamish's evil intentions endanger the lives of Laria, Cameron and the Fae.
I hope you enjoy the story!
I'd love to hear from my readers, too.
and Sparky Lionel Urban, Offishul Mewz
May 1, 2011 was the official opening day of Daughters of Avalon Publishing.
Christmas of Hope is now available from Smashwords and Amazon, any day now. This story received 5 coffee cups review from Coffee Time Romance.
This title will also be offered in print. As soon as this is available, I'll post the details of where you can buy it.
If anyone lives in the Houston area, I'll be speaking at the Bay Area Writers League meeting on June 2, 2011 @ 7:00 pm, the Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Webster, Texas. I'll be speaking on Characterization and Plotting.
July 18 to Aug. 1, 2011 I'll be teaching an online class for Savvy Authors on the Basics of Romance Writing. If you've always wanted to write a romance, here is your chance to learn how to get started in the genre. Romance is over 50% of books sales in paperback and trade. We who write romance are proud to contribute to such a large piece of the success of publishing.
The contest: Rules of the contest, Leave a comment on the blog here or on my www.tambrakendall.blogspot.com blog for the month of May and I will draw from the list of names on May 31, 2011. The prize will be mailed out the first week of June, assuming I have all the information required. If an international name is chosen, a gift card will be given in lieu of the prize.
Included in the prize will be a set of Tambra Kendall's unique greeting cards.
I'm looking forward to putting the prize package together for the winner.
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Sparky Urban: terror-ier and cutest Muse. I haz hijackeded da compenny blog. Good books and fun goes hand-in-hand if yews a hoomum, in doggie's case it be paw-to-paw. My mama's books are good and fun. Like she say, "nothing better than writing about love."
If yews want to write my mama teach writing classes online at Savvy Authors. She have class coming up there on July 18, 2011 on the Basics of Romance Writing.
Oh yeah, Sparky Urban hafs stuff at our Cafe Press store and I haz a Facebook page.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Daughters of Avalon Publishing website!
The opening day for the company is May 1, 2011-Beltane.
For those that don't know about Beltane, this information comes from Caitlin Matthews who has written many wonderful books about Celtic Mythology.
"May eve brought the real beginning of summer , the time when leaves were beginning to show and when flowers made every meadow colourful. This was quite the first real opportunity for the tribe to leave its winter quarters and go visiting. An extended clan would be able to gather to celebrate this feast, discuss the news and make plans for the upcoming season. It was at this time the major gatherings and fairs were held. Beasts were purified from their long winter confinement in barns and yards by being driven between two fires, so killing off any possible lingering infections. This feast was under the aegis of the Shining One, Belenos, thous we lack much reference to the nature of his rites. The release from the winter confinement heralded ecstatic celebrations. As the sidhe doors were open, this night was also one for the Faery revels."
And so begins the journey of Daughters of Avalon Publishing. Coming into the light and celebrating books to bring a smile to your face and make you feel good inside. Stories of love and laughter. suspense and intrigue. Stories with characters you'll come back and revisit like comfortable friends.
On on opening day, I'll begin a contest to celebrate the official opening of the company. A goodie basket, which I'll post a picture of as soon as I gather all the items together.
I extend my hands in welcome and invite you to come and join me here for conversation, books and all things Celtic.
All my best,
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