How To Survive Deleting Characters #AmWriting #WritingCommunity – Written By Lucy Mitchell

Thanks so much for this very educational and supportive article on your blog Blonde Write More, on how to survive deleting characters. So far I haven’t had to do that yet – but I admit, I had to kill one of mine which nearly broke my heart.


Writing the death of a much-loved character can be demanding and can leave you emotionally wiped out.

Did you know that there is another literary situation which can be just as challenging and one which can cast a nasty gloom over your writing life – deleting a character from your story.

I am not talking about deleting a random minor character; a fictional person who you created one day after too much coffee and inserted into the middle of your novel, just to beef it out (technical literary term) and then deleted them the following day after realising your stupidity. *Sigh*

No. I am talking about those major changes to a draft which result in you deciding to get rid of a key character.

I guarantee this fictional person will have been with you since the start of your story and someone who you have history with. You and this character will have been through some stuff; your rocky first draft, that dreadful second draft which no one liked, your third draft where you felt all hope was lost and the fourth draft which resulted in you wondering why the hell you had ever taken up writing.

You and this character will have shared story in-jokes. They will have been there for you during the bad times. You know them inside out and they are like a good friend.

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How To Survive Admitting You Cannot Commit To A Genre Because You Want To Explore Other Things #MondayBlogs #Writer

Lucy Mitchell of Blonde Write More provides us with an interesting post about not committing to a genre. Thank you Lucy.

 

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I feel like I owe the genre of romantic comedy an explanation as I am not currently writing stories from it and I have no intention of returning just yet.

Admitting you cannot commit to a genre because you have urges to write stories from other genres can be tough, especially when those around you believe you should be staying true to your genre roots.

I didn’t make a conscious decision to write stories from other genres. I wasn’t looking for stories from other genres. Some characters turned up inside my head one day and persuaded me to follow them.

We’re not married to our genres so why do we sometimes feel obliged to only write stories from them?

I know quite a few good writers and authors who have stuck to their genre and remained devoted. I admire them for this.

However, I want to go explore other things…

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It’s a jungle out there – watch out for the vanity presses #wwwblogs #amwriting #selfpublishing

Read this very important post, written by Alison Williams on vanity presses.

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I had a phone call the other day from an elderly gentleman who was trying to find an agent. I explained the process to him and then he said that he’d already published a book, but he still couldn’t get an agent. Digging deeper, it seemed that he was under the impression that if he had a book out on Amazon, an agent would come calling.

He’s published with a small press. I took a look on Amazon. His book has been out for almost three years. The blurb and the cover are terrible. He has zero sales and zero reviews. Getting a little bit cross now, I decided to dig a bit further.

It turns out that he paid money to a vanity press that seems to masquerade as a publisher. This organisation states on their website that they open to submissions. They give the impression that they are…

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12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2017 Writing Journey #SundayBlogShare #Writer #NewYear

Lucy Mitchell of Blonde Write More has published a list of things writers should pack for their 2017 writing journey. Thanks so much for the humor Lucy!

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Before we all buckle up and head off on our 2017 writing journey, let’s agree on some useful stuff to pack. I don’t want us to get into our journey and discover we forgot some important items. We don’t have time for tears!

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How to make your own video

Jean M. Cogdell published a video on her blog to demonstrate her process on how to make your own video. I think there’s quite a lot to learn from her. Thank you Jean!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I’ve made a little video to explain the program I use for my tutorials.

A few readers have asked about my process.

My videos may not be Emmy-ready, but they get the job done, so here you go.

Did this help anyone?

Let me know if you’ve found a better mousetrap for making videos.mouse-1027873_640

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or click the “write me” tab or look for me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jean.cogdell and Amazon.com, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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