The Writers Circle: Seeking Inspiration

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

We all have our favorite places to write, whether it’s a special spot at home, a specific corner table in the nearby coffee shop, the non-fiction stacks at the local library or a grassy hill overlooking a quiet lake.  What places inspire you to write and where do you go when you need a place that you can just keep writing?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.

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The Writers Circle: Inspiration for Characters

TWC
One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Last time we asked about your inspiration for settings.  Today we want to talk about characters.  When you are creating characters, do you base them off of real people you either know or have seen in books, movies or TV shows? How do you change the characters so that you keep them realistic but do not run the risk of them being easily identifiable with the person you based them on?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.

Just for Fun: Politics

One day your main character makes a passing comment that he or she would do a better job than the any of the people running for office in the next election.  As a joke, your character’s friends start a secret effort to get a lot of people to write your character onto the ballot and on election day he or she actually wins the election.  Your character, of course, has no true political aspirations and had no real desire to hold this office. What happens now?

Write a few paragraphs in the comments or on your blog and let us get to know your characters a little better!

 

 

The Writers Circle: Building Your Characters Outside Your Book

TWC
One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

We all work on our character development within our books and stories. But sometimes that’s not enough. Some authors create social media presences for their characters, create extra stories for the characters and do other things that help to define and build the character into a more complete individual. What, if anything, do you do outside of the context of your books? When your character started being defined did they begin outside of a story and then come into their own in the context of a story?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.

The Writers Circle: Holidays and Celebrations

TWC
One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Do holidays and celebrations play a big role in any of your stories?  Do you stick with well-known, modern holidays or do you create new ones to fit the universe of your story? When creating a new holiday, do you follow any specific rules in terms of defining the day’s meaning, festivities and focus?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.

Just for Fun: Technical Failure

Just for fun, write a scene in which all technology suddenly fails to work (perhaps for an extended period of time). How do your characters react to the sudden lack of technology? How does the world in your story change without modern technology?

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Discovery

Just for fun, write a scene in which you describe your character’s reaction to a big, new discovery. There are no limits to what this discovery could be — perhaps it’s a scientific discovery, or a medical breakthrough, or a discovery during a criminal investigation.  Does your character buy into the initially available information? Or is he or she skeptical?

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Places Unknown

Just for fun, write a scene in which you describe your character’s first impressions upon traveling to a place he or she has never been before.

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Life of the Party

Just for fun, write a scene with one of your characters in which the character attends a party. Perhaps the character will have a great time. Perhaps they’ll be miserable. Perhaps they make a complete fool of themselves.  Whatever they do, capture it on the page today!

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Bad Mornings

We’ve all had bad mornings where things simply kept going wrong.  Today let’s put our characters into that situation and write about a morning which leaves them wanting to just go back to bed and start over. Share your ideas of how your character would deal with a morning like this or even share some of your writing for the scenario here in the comments or over in the forums.