Friday, February 26, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or two of a famous novel, and your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to attempt this little exercise. Let's see how many different perspectives we can create. As a bonus, try to guess the book that's being quoted. Hint: This week's starter is from an unauthorized prequel to a classic novel that we've already featured for "First Line Challenge."

(Incidentally, the last opener was from The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. But we were not in their ranks. The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What's Happening Now?

It's hard to believe that another week has gone by. Time sure does fly when you're working hard and/or having fun. I hope you've had time for both this week, and I trust that you've made a little more progress with your current writing projects.

'Cause, whether we like it or not, it's that time again – time for our midweek update – a chance for characters to reveal their current whereabouts and experiences. In this way, authors can share what's happening within their stories by speaking through their characters' unique voices.

So, let's hear it, characters. It's time to share your joys, your woes, your dreams, or whatever else is on your mind – and hopefully, by revealing where you are in your story, you'll help inspire your authors to keep moving forward with theirs.

Remember, this is for characters only!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Getting to Know You: Good Night!

Last week, we talked about our morning routines. Today, let's share what we like to do when the street lights come on and the day is done.










Do you have a particular evening routine? Soft music? Glass of wine or cup of herbal tea?













Perhaps you like to curl up with a good book for a little while, either for inspiration or for a pleasant escape from the cares of the day.










Tell us how you end your day (or how you end your night, if you're nocturnal). Just keep it clean, folks!

Friday, February 19, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence of a famous novel, and your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to attempt this little exercise. Let's see how many different perspectives we can create. As a bonus, try to guess the book that's being quoted.

(Incidentally, the last opener was from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What's Happening Now?

It's that time again – time for our midweek update – a chance for characters to reveal their current whereabouts. In this way, authors can share what's happening within their stories by speaking through their characters' unique voices.

So, let's hear it, characters. It's time to share your joys, your woes, your dreams, or whatever else is on your mind – and hopefully, by revealing where you are in your story, you'll help inspire your authors to keep moving forward with theirs.

Remember, this is for characters only!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Getting to Know You: Good Morning!

After a Valentine's weekend of lust, passion, or at least a chocolate or two, here it is Monday again and we're back to our usual routine.

What does that consist of for you? How do you usually start your day? Do you open your window and joyfully greet the sunrise?











Or do you try to catch a few more minutes of sleep, then reach for the coffee?










Once you're awake and out of bed, what happens next? How do you like to begin your day? (Nocturnal characters can tell us how they begin their night, if they prefer.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Social Weekend: Valentine Exchange!

Happy Valentine's Day!










For those of you who aren't clear on what this means, it's a day when people give small gifts to those they love. Flowers, candy and cards are the most typical gifts, although sometimes more expensive gifts such as jewelry are given too.










Here at CIC, just a simple Happy Valentine's Day will suffice, although some of you might want to offer poems or little presents as well.

So have at it! Can't you feel the love in the air?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Emote This: Passion

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it seems appropriate to consider an emotion we've never before discussed: passion.

Some of us probably think of passion as an ardent devotion to someone or something – a spouse, perhaps, or an interest that continually enchants us. Others equate passion with seemingly uncontrollable emotions like anger and frenzy. Still others believe passion is akin to religious rapture, fervor, or zeal. But, of course, when most of us feel passion, it's of the romantic variety – ecstasy, desire, infatuation, perhaps even obsession.

No doubt, we've all felt passion at one time or another – passion for a sworn duty, a forbidden love, maybe even a bizarre hobby. So, now's the time to let it all out!

Authors and characters alike are welcome to share their passions – whether attainable or otherwise.

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P.S. Remember, we're having a Valentine exchange this weekend, so be sure to stop by and pass along a Valentine or two. And who knows? You might just find one waiting for you!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Two weeks ago, several characters offered a midweek update about their current lives – which, in turn, shed some light on their authors' current progress (or, ahem, lack of progress).

Now, it's time for another What's Happening Now? This is a chance for authors to share what's happening within their stories by speaking through their characters' unique voices.

So, let's hear it, characters. It's time to share your trials, your successes, your goals, whatever's on your mind at the moment – and hopefully, by revealing where you are in your story, you'll help inspire your authors to keep moving forward with theirs.

Remember, this is for characters only!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Getting to Know You: Favorite Things

It doesn't have to be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but what are a few of your favorite things?













What simple pleasures always make you smile?













Is there something that always brightens your day, no matter what? Tell us about it so we can share the happiness!

And speaking of happiness and little things that make you smile, there will be a Valentine exchange here at Come in Character next Saturday and Sunday. Start thinking now who you'd like to give a valentine to, and plan to stop in. Who knows - maybe someone will have left a valentine just for you!

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence of a famous novel, and your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to attempt this little exercise. Let's see how many different perspectives we can create. As a bonus, try to guess the book that's being quoted. I'll give you a hint: In honor of fast-approaching Valentine's Day, it's a classic romance.

(Incidentally, the last opener was from The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Group Story: Romance

On Monday, we kicked off February – the month of romance – with an outpouring of love in all its forms... soul mates, lost loves, arranged marriages, even those that doth protest too much. It was enlightening, uplifting, and poignant as always, so why not keep the love and lust flowing in the form of a group story? A group romance, to be precise.

For those that have been around a while, you might recall that Come In Character spawned another curious romance last April, but I think we can do even better!

I'll get us started with a first line, and then we'll be off and running! Feel free, of course, to follow the twists and turns of your fellow storytellers – or go wherever your heart compels you. Just remember – you can contribute as an author, a character, or all of the above!

Okay, are you ready for romance? If so, here's the first line:

A bitter, cold wind crossed his path, but Cupid didn't care; the chubby little matchmaker had spotted two lovelorn souls in the distance, and he was determined to make this a Valentine's Day to remember...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Getting to Know You: Romance!

In our weekend attempt at a tell-all book, it came out that a lot of us secretly yearn for romance and romantic tales.










Seeing as how it's February, the month of Valentines, hearts and flowers, tell us your most romantic true story. Who was your first or greatest love? What was the most romantic thing someone ever did for you? If you could have a romantic adventure of your own choosing, what would it be?

Go on and share! We love romance!