Learning to write!

Welcome to my new blog. It’s about learning to write because that’s what I’m doing. I’m not published yet but I write. I have a point of view, therefore I write. We’ve all heard the someone say, “If you want to learn something, teach it.” I’m not sure how true it is but we’ll all find out.

Here’s my first insight for my first blog. Sometimes I have a hard time figuring my characters out. Part of my difficulty is that the process is too academic. They aren’t real people. In order to give them flesh and blood, take them out for coffee.

Yeah, that’s it. A lot of us write in coffee shops anyway. And many of us have met a friend¬†with a problem in a coffee shop. It is my belief that more therapy goes on in coffee shops than anywhere else in the world. We can all solve the problems of the world over a cup of coffee.

So create a conversation with a character. It’s not part of the story exactly, but you’re trying to get inside their head, like you would with a friend.

“So what’s going on?”

“It’s my wife, man. She’s driving me crazy.”

“Crazy how?”

And on it goes. Let the character tell you what’s happening. Hear their voice. Hear how their vocabulary is different from another character.

Then listen to your answers. We always try to find the easiest way for our friends to fix their situation. That would be the first thing your character should try. It won’t work because you won’t let it. Then they try the second idea and the third until you finally decide they have learned whatever life lesson it is they need to learn.

Have a great one.

It’s a great day to be alive!