Creating Characters: An Author’s Inspiration #writingtips #creativity #writerslife

Ask a writer if their characters are real, and they will probably say, “Define real.” Characters are real in every sense, except being flesh-and-blood. They become a writer’s constant companion even when the writer isn’t hunched over a computer screen tapping furiously away. See that faraway look in a writer’s eye when you’re talking to them? They’re probably thinking about these characters and what they’ll put them through next. So how do these characters walk into a writer’s life and become as immediate as flesh-and-blood friends? Are they constructed through a writing exercise or is there an organic method to…

The Art of Daydreaming

Have we lost the art of daydreaming? I ask myself this as I make my through my daily commute. I see people checking their smart phones on the way to the subway, standing in the elevator, or waiting for their next bus. There’s very little talk happening on these phones; no one is speaking to one another. With each ping, our brain fires, turning us all into Pavlovs who crave that next notification from Facebook or Twitter. I remember when my commute included time for daydreaming. It seems like so long ago. I’d listen to my music, with my head…

An Ode to Mary Stewart

On my 16th birthday, my best friends pooled their funds and gave me a couple of books, one being Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave. This book was my first introduction to Mary Stewart, and it sparked a lifelong admiration for her work. If I had to pick one author who inspired me the most as a writer, without hesitation it would be Mary Stewart. Over the years, I collected the rest of her stories, including the remaining books of her Merlin/Arthurian series, by haunting second hand book stores and combing through yard sale bins. I have them all, including a rare…

Gone editing

Or should that be gone to edit, or better yet, I am editing… Just to drop everyone a brief line, for the next month I will be on my own hero’s journey, deep in the land of edits and searching for the holy grail of polished manuscripts. In the meantime, for the writers and artists out there, I’d like to suggest some articles on writing to inspire your own journey: Storytelling makes us human examines how our creativity sets us apart. Don’t speak to Bob is a reminder to keep close and personal to your main character NaNoWriMo is the marathon of the…

In honour of the Bard

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on bond pomegranate tree, Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.  I love these words from Romeo and Juliet. They’re haunting in their longing–to hold onto a cherished moment for as long as possible, even if it means holding back the dawn. And they’re timeless, not just because they were penned over 400 years go, but because they tap into a primal force–to love and be loved. I’ve always been a…