Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thursday...Things I Love, In No Particular Order and Writing Tips

...Dreyer's Smoothies. Bought a couple just to try. Sippin' "Sunrise Blend" right now and it's nummytastic. Mmmmm...

...Scrabble...

...Intelligent discussion about current events...

...NCIS...

...Re-reading books by my favorite authors...

...My kids and husband...

...Open-minded people...

...Men with deep voices...

...Pedicures and polish colors that say "PPP~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!" to my age...

...Baseball...

...Writing...

...Reading...

...Reading while taking a bubble bath...

...Bats...

...My dog, Pikachu...

...My cat, although her love is whimsical...

...Falling asleep with the TV on...

...A clean house (but I detest cleaning it)...

...Star Trek, in all its incarnations...

...Chick flicks...

...Strawberry Margaritas...

...Burying my toes in the sand...

...The scent of rain...

...Chocolate...

...My friends...

...The scent of orange blossoms...

...Lake houses...

...My grandparents (whom I miss every day)...

...My parents...

...Christmas...

...Shoes...

...Music...

...Mountains...

...Traveling...

...Golden yellow paint on the wall...

...Houseplants...

...Strawberries...

...Scented candles...

...Watching rain storms, but not being out in it...

...Babies...

...The sound of happy kid laughter...

...Science fiction/fantasy books and movies...

...History...

...Back rubs...

...Making people smile and/or laugh...

...Being a good friend...

...Being a woman, most days ;) ...

...Sunshine...

...The notion that we aren't alone in the universe...

...The circularity of life...

...The blueness of the sky...

...Being an American...

...Having friends all around the world---Australia, Sweden, England, Canada...

And...last, but not least...

...Flowers...

So what does this have to do with writing and writing tips? From that list, and it's not at all an exhaustive list, you have a glimpse about me, what I treasure and value. Yes, I could add more---perhaps make a list of things I don't like, although a little of that could be extrapolated from my "Love's List"...My likes and dislikes may not be unique to me in that I realize I'm not the only person on the planet who loves chocolate, but you could probably draw some conclusions about me based on that list. These, in addition to my life experiences, make me Laura. These are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, however. We all are 3-dimensional---living, breathing, thinking, loving, laughing, crying, etc...And because of that, we are interesting, worth getting to know. As a writer, I want my characters to be as alive and vibrant as I am, as my friends and family are so that my readers will want to get to know the character and continue reading my novel.

Without further ado, here are some links for you to peruse on the topic of character development.

Character Development Tips for Fiction


Tips for Naming Fictional
Characters


Character Creation: page of many links on several topics under the creating characters umbrella.

2 comments:

Kitten said...

I'm a regular reader of your blog; I just don't comment that often. It's nice to know more about you as a person, and keep inspiring us with these meaningful quotes. I love them. Cheers!

Laura Hamby said...

Hi Kitten, and thank you for your comment, and for being a regular reader. :D Glad you enjoy the blog, and I will absolutely keep up those quotes. I love them, too. :)