Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, 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, guys, gals, and creatures! What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any wicked beasts? Found yourself in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill any and all of your latest adventures, 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, June 28, 2010

Getting to Know You: Apocalypse

OMG, it's the end of the world! Doomsday, apocalypse!

Okay, not really. But if it were, what would you do? Throw a party? Run and hide? Who would you make your last good-byes to, and what would you say?

Let's discuss what we would do if everything was about to end.

Friday, June 25, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage 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 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, it's that time again – time for our midweek update – and just to get things back to normal, I suggest we keep this a character-only discussion...

So, let's hear it, guys, gals, and creatures! What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any wicked beasts? Found yourself in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill the details about all of your latest adventures – and remember, this day is for characters only!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Getting to Know You: Father

Since Sunday was Father's Day (in the United States), let's take a minute and share our thoughts about fathers.

What was your father like? Is he still around? If not, do you miss him or are you secretly relieved? What important lessons did you learn from him?

Let's share our stories about dear old Dad!

Friday, June 18, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage 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 Deliverance by James Dickey.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, it's that time again – time for our midweek update – and just to keep us all on our toes, why don't we open up this discussion for everyone – author and character alike?

So, let's hear it, guys, gals, and creatures! What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any wicked beasts? Found yourself in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill the details about all of your latest adventures – and remember, this day is for everyone!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Fun!

Since it seems everyone had a good time with last week's Monday Fun, here's another:

You've been invited to a party. When you arrive, the house appears empty...

What happens next? Do you go away? Do you look in a window? Maybe you turn the knob and the door mysteriously opens! What then?











Have fun, and thank David Jace for the idea!

Friday, June 11, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage 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 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

It unrolled slowly, forced to show its colors, curling and snapping back whenever one of us turned loose...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, it's that time again – time for our midweek update – and while we've recently allowed everyone (author and character alike) the chance to reveal his/her/its current whereabouts, I thought it might be fun to return to our roots and keep this a characters-only discussion!

So, let's hear it, characters! What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any vengeful demons? Found yourself in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill the details about all of your latest adventures – and hopefully, by revealing where you are in your story, you'll help inspire your authors to keep moving forward with theirs.

Remember, this day is for characters only!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Fun!

Today, we're trying something new. Here's the scene:

There is a knock on the door and your character goes to answer it. Instead of what he or she had been expecting, (girl scouts? the alien next door? a wizard with a few gnomes for tea?), there is a messenger with a very important letter for you. This letter has the potential to change your character's life.

What does it say?

And more important, what happens next?

Have fun, and be sure to thank David Jace for the idea!

Friday, June 4, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage 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 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's Happening Now?

Well, folks, it's that time again – time for our midweek update. Now, normally, this would be our characters' chance to reveal their current whereabouts, but given our recent effort to pick the authors' brains, I've decided to open up this discussion for all creatures!

So, let's hear it, everyone! What have you been up to lately? Seen any interesting places? Encountered any vengeful demons? Found yourself in a spot of trouble, supernatural or otherwise?

Feel free to spill the details about all of your latest adventures – including, of course, any progress on your ongoing projects.

Remember, this day is for authors and characters alike!