Creating Kick-Ass Characters

Confession: I found today’s Twitter Treasure on Tuesday, but you know what? This diamond in the rough was just too bright and glittery to tuck away, especially with NaNo starting TOMORROW! So, if you’re having problems with developing your characters, or just want some last minute tips, check out this post on Chuck Wendig’s blog:


Characters are not a fast soup — they’re a long-bubbling broth developing flavors the longer you think about them and, more importantly, the more you write about them. (Which one assumes is the point of the inane questions asked by many character exercises, which would be a noble effort if those questions were not so frequently concerned with details and decisions that will never have anything to do with your character, your story, or your world.)


Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe, have fun and make sure to eat lots and lots of chocolate!

Confession: I’m a fanatical fan of authors

Forget rockstars. Forget actors. Forget pro athletes and supermodels. Forget all the mega celebrities out there. To me, an author is the biggest superstar of them all. And when I capture one’s attention on Twitter?

You got it. I FLIP OUT! I may as well have received a high five from the Queen of England herself. Or, better yet, a smooch from Channing Tatumgrowl…

But I digress.

Let me say start out by admitting I’m new to the Twitter scene. I’ve only been on it for a couple of months now and I’m just getting the hang of it (er, sort of). When I first started following all of my favorite authors, I was too scared and/or shy to reply to their Tweets. Then I took the plunge and nervously started hitting the “Reply” and “Favorite” buttons. My expectations for a response or acknowledgment of any kind were low. Honestly, they still are. Authors are popular and busy. They can’t reply to everyone. However, I have received a few responses (as seen in the evidence below, thank you very much!).

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 1.28.11 PMJay Asher “Favorited” my Tweet! JAY ASHER! It’s ridiculous–and perhaps a bit juvenile–but I felt like I had won the lottery. After gleefully skipping around the house, I sat back down and saw he had responded to one of my Tweets:

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 1.27.59 PMCue dancing!

Nerd? Yes. Ashamed? NO!

Since that brief yet awesome exchange, my confidence has grown and I’ve started replying to author’s Tweets more often. Two weeks ago, I hit the jackpot again when Jennifer L. Armentrout responded to one of my replies to her:

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 1.27.40 PMOhmygawd, ohmygawd, ohmygawd…

Of course, nobody in my personal life understands these giggly, gushing, borderline fanatical responses of mine. They look at me like I’m a mysterious specimen that comes from another planet. Whatever, I don’t care! As a genuine lover of books and an aspiring author myself these Tweets are precious to me and keep me smiling for days and days.

Authors have and always will be my heroes–my role models. And I’d take them over any other celebrity on this planet. Even Channing Tatum 😉