4 things authors should consider concerning unlikeable characters

Originally posted on Creative Writing with the Crimson League:

1148655_vintage_fountain_pen_3What makes an unlikeable character unlikeable? Especially a main character? Why should we authors care?

I’m taking a brief break from preparing my second edition of the Herezoth trilogy to reread the twenty pages or so I’ve written of a prequel, which focuses on a character who’s a pretty miserable human being. She’s kind of petty and self-centered, and makes a huge mistake at the start of the book out of fear and a desire for revenge.

In this character’s case–her name is Verony–what makes her unlikeable is fairly obvious. It’s her attitude to life and the way she focuses entirely on herself, at least at the start of things. I can’t wait to see her grow and change as I get to work more on this story. I have no idea what will end up happening to her or what role she might take in supporting or opposing a…

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Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 28 of 31

Originally posted on TWO WRITING TEACHERS:

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It is Day Twenty-Eight of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Hooray!

At this point your kids have generated a ton of stories. Why not teach them that another way to create a story is to revise something you’ve written into something new?

Some ideas for major revision:

  1. Take a favorite line from an old post and use the old ‘explode the moment’ strategy. In a new post, start with the line you chose, and then close your eyes and picture the moment that line came from. Write down everything you see, hear, and feel. Create a picture with your words.
  2. Go to an older post that you loved and highlight all the key words, then create a poem from all the words you highlighted. You might even decide to add on more!
  3. Reread some of your favorite posts. When you…

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Weekend Edition – Writing When You Don’t Feel Creative plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Writing from the Gray Space

fog riverI had an entirely different post planned for today. I outlined it while watching my daughter ride, jotting notes during the down time between jumps and canters. I was happy with the way the ideas were coming together on the mind map and in my head. I was really looking forward to writing my first draft. That was Tuesday.

Today seems a world away from Tuesday.

It’s not that anything awful happened, but my energy has taken a bit of a nose dive, and I seem to have lost the wonderful groove that had me dancing almost effortlessly through the early part of the week. Now, my mood and outlook match the sluggish gray that hangs on the world outside my window. The crows that usually appear full of mischief and mirth now hunch along the telephone lines wearing a foreboding countenance. Their calls sound…

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Friday Cover Reveal: Hunted (Sinners Series #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki


Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing Chapter 3 of

Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

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HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

But can anyone really be trusted?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Lives will be lost.

Dreams will be crushed.

Fears will be realized.

Secrets will be exposed.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.


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Publication date: March 31, 2015
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Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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Making It Rain: Taraji P. Henson To Host ‘SNL’

Originally posted on Bossip:

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Taraji P. Henson Hosting “Saturday Night Live”

Taraji P. Henson is set to become the 10th black woman to host “Saturday Night Live.”

Cookie will make her hosting debut April 11 with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest and she confirmed the news via Instagram…



while “SNL” confirmed it via a tweet.


Congrats Taraji, continue to make it rain!

Will you be watching???

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What the Healthcare System Taught Me About Persuasive Writing

Originally posted on TWO WRITING TEACHERS:

Recently, when my family moved, my husband and I were faced with finding a new pediatrician for our son. After much careful research and discussion, we chose one that felt just right. Since my son is in the throes of the immunization months, I knew I needed to get his records transferred from our previous pediatrician quickly. I had already secured a Request for Records form at his last appointment. I diligently filled it out, requesting that the records be sent to our new doctor, and sent it off.

I was quite surprised and dismayed when, several weeks later, I got a call from my old pediatrician’s office, explaining that I’d need to pay $20.50 ($0.75) per copy to have the records sent. Thankfully, I have $20.50 to spend. However, that was beside the point. The point was, I didn’t understand how the office could possibly hold my records hostage, could to send them even to another…

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Five Tips for Writing Good Dialogue

Originally posted on The Weaving Word:

Many writers struggle with dialogue, maybe because there is so much pressure to get it right. Speaking in someone else’s voice isn’t always easy, yet as writers we end up with a whole cast of characters who all need distinct, unique voices, and it is up to us to provide them. Who would want to read a book where all the characters sound the same? Boring…and confusing.

But creating our characters’ voices is only the beginning—they still need something authentic and interesting to say, not to mention the writing itself must have all the correct grammar and punctuation.

I thought this week I might share some tips for writing dialogue, and anyone who wants to add their own in the comments section is welcome. No, I am not an expert. These are based on my own experience as a writer/editor, and on advice I have received from others over the…

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