In going through the editing process, part of it is making sure my characters maintain their particular habits such as Silver toying with his braid. It’s something he does and doesn’t necessarily realize he’s doing it.
And then I start to laugh at one of my own: having my sunglasses on my head whenever I’m out. Either on my face or up on top of my head. I just grab them with my keys on my way out the door and don’t really ever think anything of it.
Until now of course.
What are some habits you have? Or habits of characters you like?
A friend of mine posted in our local NaNo Facebook page a while ago about a letter writing challenge from another group. Now, I think the original challenge was to write a letter to someone every day in February. She proposed to use it as a writing challenge and write letters between characters (just with the individual, not trading to another writer).
My thought started out as a single character writing letters he would never deliver. Which then somehow warped into journal entries/letters after being reminded we were in February and this was happening. I finally managed to get caught up.
So I’m giving it a go of writing Silver’s journal. The project is becoming more involved than I initially figured, but it’ll be fun all the same. A few times he’s turned it into a letter format partway through and I like how it’s working out so far. For now I’m going to just play around since my main focus is getting Shattered Illusions finished. I’ll still aim for an entry a day for him for the month.
Oh gosh, I feel a little guilty taking time away from all the things I need to do to write this post. But first, some fun news: Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise is now carrying copies of Twisted Magics. I’m so thrilled to be working with them. I’ll also be doing an event there on March 4th from 11-1 so if you happen to be in the area, come on down and say hi!
I’ve still got some work to do for them before the event. I swear I’m trying! On top of that I’m working on the final edits for Shattered Illusions and gearing up for the run to put it all together and get it out. Still aiming for an early summer release.
Then there’s all the other normal stuff, but no one wants to hear about that. XD
This month’s IWSG question is a little ironic given that it has been something I’ve been thinking about over the last month or so: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
I kind of have 2 modes: writing and editing. If I’m in editing mode, I’m being hyper-critical and I generally try not to read for fun (at least nothing large) because I’ll be picking it apart instead of enjoying the ride.
I think I also posted about this semi-recently in that I’ve found a difference in my beta readers. Some are just readers and tend to have different views on things than the people who I have who are say part of critique groups. Sometimes it’s polar opposites and it makes me wonder if I still get hung up anyway on things even outside of editing mode. It also makes me confused as to who to listen to.
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