Would you hire this character?

If a character doesn’t feel quite right, here are some questions you might consider. They are meant to help people on job interviews. Think of your character as your potential employee and of yourself as the boss. How would you answer? 8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews | Inc.com. http://www.inc.com/jerome-ternynck/8-questions-every-candidate-should-ask-during-job-interviews.html?cid=ps002ros

Merging traffic

One of the projects I’m working on — the one I dubbed my “10-year book” the other day — has me stuck. I’ve been working on adding another viewpoint, and it’s been awkward. One of Claire Fuller’s suggestions is working on them separately and merging them later. I’m trying it. If you’re stuck, maybe another Continue reading “Merging traffic”

‘She just doesn’t get me!’

What happens when someone who really understands people has to deal with someone who doesn’t? This article is about working with people who have low “emotional intelligence.” But it also describes some of their traits and those of high “EQ” folks, all of which can be used in character develpment. How to Work with PeopleContinue reading “‘She just doesn’t get me!’”

‘A voice of one’s own’

Working in journalism, I’ve learned a lot about writing in the “objective” style of the news. I’ve gotten pretty good at removing myself from stories. So good, in fact, that when I returned to fiction after a long hiatus, I couldn’t remember my own voice, my style. Here’s a nice piece, via Ryan Lanz, thatContinue reading “‘A voice of one’s own’”

Ideas from Idaho

Every now and then, a visual prompt is just the thing to get me out of a writing slump. These photos of Idaho — yes, Idaho — have already generated some ideas. Pick one and write its 1,000 words. 14 images that prove Idaho might be the most underrated state in America – Matador NetworkContinue reading “Ideas from Idaho”