Details matter to characters

Details underline character’s personality

I find that details like clothing matter in any story, just like they matter in our own lives.

I always dress for the occasion, why shouldn’t the character do the same. Dressing also reflects on personality.

In one of the stories in my new book Shifting Sands Short Stories math professor Martin Duggan always wears pinstriped suits, preferably gray.

Why?

Because the pin stripes remind him of geometrical lines. After all, Martin is a math professor at the university in Rocky Rapids.

Here is an excerpt from “The Temptation of Martin Duggan.”

To match the white shirt that Rose bought him at JC Penney, Martin wore his favorite gray pants with pin stripes reserved for special occasions.

There was something about lines that had always comforted him. Lines commanded respect. They could be lines vertical, horizontal or curves. And then came symbols, and Martin’s love for them; like pi or the toppled 8 symbolizing infinity. He traced the origins of his love for numbers and symbols to his childhood and later growing up in the strict austere atmosphere of the seminary in Brest.

The details in Martin’s clothing bring out his character and his growing up in the austere atmosphere of the seminary.

The lines create the platform for his character and to move the story in and out of the classroom.

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Come & See What His Dark Deeds Have Done

Melinda Kucsera - author of epic fantasy adventures

Hi Readers!

We hope you had a great week. Thank you to all who bought a copy of Curse Breaker: Faceted. We hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are. And now back to where you last saw us–on our way out of a scary castle after an equally scary dude appeared.

(Said hooded man appears in Curse Breaker: Faceted, where he shows off his sickle-smiling mug and lures just about everyone to their doom. What game is he playing? How does it affect me and my dad? You’ll have to read Curse Breaker: Faceted to find out.)

Yes, the Adversary somehow made a cameo appearance in our newsletter. We’re still not sure how that happened. This is supposed to be a heroes-only zone. I blame Jerlo. The Commander should protect more than just the enchanted forest. He should police this newsletter and keep out scary characters!

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How to finish your writing project

I was surprised at one of my recent book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories
by the following question:

“I am on chapter six, how do I finish my book,” a woman asked me at Girls Night Out on Oct. 19 in downtown Lowell @Sweet Seasons.

Here is what I have gathered over the years about  finishing​ any big writing project like a book or a script.

Writing tips

How to finish your book or script

1- Set a target finish goal, something that’s important to you like your birthday, a national holiday or Mother’s Day.

2- Write every day a quota of pages, for example 5 pages.

3- Always have an end in mind for the final book or script, but also for each chapter or scene.

4- Ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish in this chapter?

5- A loose flexible outline always helps.

6- Establish a reward program for yourself after each chapter.

7- Create a cover or poster early on even as a draft. It will help you visualize the book, play or film and the entire process.

8- Have a color theme in mind for the characters and the book overall. Some colors are harmonious, others create conflict.

9- Be cohesive.

10- Explore, observe, discover. I especially like these three verbs that I found on a sign by the Wittenbach nature center. They will continue to feed your inspiration and motivation. And in turn, the reader will keep turning the pages.

11- Use character compass to balance out your stories. That means the right amount of thoughts, appearance, action and dialogue.

12-Don’t forget about the location and tension.

 

13-Don’t let any project become your Ghoulish project that will haunt you.

 

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Emma’s book signing in Lowell during GNO

Emma’s booksigning event of Shifting Sands Short Stories comes to historic downtown Lowell

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Emma’s booksignings come to downtown Lowell

Come and visit with local author of Shifting Sands Short Stories Emma Palova on Oct. 19 from 5 pm to 8 pm @Sweet Seasons Bakery and Cafe during Girls Night Out in beautiful historic downtown Lowell.

Bring a book for autograph. You get a brownie bite with the purchase of a beverage.

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