Building character

I like to find less common sources of character-building inspiration. This post from Writer Unboxed provides several. Read one, pick a trait and use it as a writing prompt when you feel stuck on a character. Writer Unboxed » The Science of Creating Authentic Characters http://writerunboxed.com/2015/02/28/the-science-of-creating-authentic-characters/

LLP

As I told some friends earlier today, I’m going to miss Leonard Nimoy. I remember being inspired to write one of my first science fiction stories because I liked Spock on Star Trek. I’m glad he, Nimoy, was able to live long and prosper. Here’s an interview with him. Leonard Nimoy: What I’ve Learned http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a33392/leonard-nimoy-what-ive-learned/?spr_id=1456_152373401

Girls only?

I’ve spoken at a few schools over the years. Perhaps because I’ve visited as a journalist and not a book writer, I haven’t run into any gender segregation problems. But I think it’s something all writers should consider when offering to speak to students. Perhaps there is a good reason occasionally to speak to boysContinue reading “Girls only?”

Varied learning

Adding both authors and genres we don’t ordinarily read is a great way to learn as writers. I found Sunili Govinnage’s article from The Guardian intriguing. I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/20/i-only-read-non-white-authors-for-12-months-what-i-learned-surprised-me For another list of blackContinue reading “Varied learning”

Your one-liner

Did the Oscars — and all the other recent movie awards — inspire you to finish the screenplay that’s been buried in your hard drive for a while? Well, first ask yourself, “What’s my logline?” I heard of loglines from Laurie Scheer at the Madison Writers Institute a few years ago. If you want toContinue reading “Your one-liner”

Good night, good doctor

Stictly speaking, this piece isn’t about writing. But its prose is a beautiful example of well-chosen and well-placed words. Oliver Sacks, who is a doctor as well as a writer, has bid us farewell. He should know he will be missed. And that he continues to teach those of us who would try to touchContinue reading “Good night, good doctor”