Yesterday, my adorable Daddy and I walked around the city in 90 degree heat! Then, we ended up in my non-airconditioned apartment, where we baked even more. Oh, the joys of summer.
A good rain is refreshing every once in a while; the world needs to be cleansed and renewed, just like all of us.
Some people prefer the rain over sunshine...some enjoy curling up inside and hearing the rain on their windows...others love working during the rain
We sauntered through Union Square, where hundreds of vendors set up their tents, selling everything from organic honey to kittens. I saw a stand of sarcastic women posters and loved this one:
After he left, I sat in the very well air conditioned Borders to escape the heat. (I have a terrible habit of reading 3-4 books simultaneously, which also indicates my utterly present A.D.D.) Anyway, I was thinking about whether our books are plot driven or character driven.
Which, if either, do you prefer? Do you know your endings before you even construct your beginnings?
Over these past months, I have learned little ways that help me make my work character driven:
*Fill out a fictional character chart
*Ask, what would he or she do, before plotting the next chapter(s)
*Give them distinct traits that set them apart from anyone else, including their manner of speaking
(I read that if you were to take different pieces of your dialogue and present it to someone who has already read your book, they should be able to tell which character it came from.)
*I also received incredible gifts from an incredible person. I have babbled about my office supply obsession before, but these two top them all:
A fountain pen and a feather quill pen!!!
(Even though most of us type out our manuscripts, there seems to be a timeless charm to handwritten notes.)
Some things just make writing more fun.
Do you have special writing instruments??