Something Wicked Tour: C.S. Boyack Discusses Main Characters in Team-Ups

Ciao, amici! Welcome to the third day of Story Empire's Something Wicked Tour. Today, I am delighted to welcome C.S. Boyack, who is going to talk about Viral Blues, his first foray into a team-up story. Take it away, Craig! Thanks for having me over, Staci. This is my daily stop on the Story Empire … Continue reading Something Wicked Tour: C.S. Boyack Discusses Main Characters in Team-Ups

7 Tips to Crafting Emotionally-Meaty Monsters

Ciao, amici! I have a treat for you today. This week, I'm giving you not one, but two new-to-this-blog authors. On Tuesday, we spent some time in a soft and sweet genre. Now it's time to bare our fangs and get down and dirty. I've got Charles E. Yallowitz here today, and he's excited (as … Continue reading 7 Tips to Crafting Emotionally-Meaty Monsters

What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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How Do You Picture Your Characters?

When I first picture my characters, they're kind of faceless, perfect specimens. I can see their eyes, but not in their faces. Or their noses, but not on their faces. The jawline, the full lips, the wavy hair... whatever. Each perfect individual characteristic, but not the whole picture. I kind of like it that way. … Continue reading How Do You Picture Your Characters?

NWA Writers Group

Originally posted August 5, 2011 Last night at writers group was eventful. It started with Dusty, one of our group leaders, giving us a quote to ponder. He said it was the best advice he ever heard, and it was written by a man Dusty says is a fiction genius: the late Dwight Swain. "A … Continue reading NWA Writers Group