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Motivation: Why Your Characters Do What They Do, part 2

  Motivations are the reason characters attempt any action in a story. Think about it. It’s morning here and I’m drinking my first cup of tea with the windows open. Been waiting months for a mild, sunny morning because I like to listen to the birds. They’re chirping and tweeting and making a ruckus. One […]

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Why Your Characters Do What They Do, part 1

You might have noticed it’s been quiet around here.   A few weeks ago my lower back went to hell and has been spasming and freezing up on me at the most inconvenient times. Sheesh. But onward.  On April 4 I gave a talk at the Willamette Writers meeting in Portland about  goals, motivations, and […]

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Fed on Language

A mind fed on such words as heaven, earth, dew, essence, cinnabar, moonlight, stillness, jade, pearl, cedar, and winter plum is likely to have a serenity not to be found in minds ringing with the vocabulary of the present age–computer, tractor, jumbo jet, speedball, pop, dollar, liquidation, napalm, overkill! Who would thrill at the prospect […]

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Dance around the Maypole, Pieter Brueghel the Younger

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Frederick Goodall, Raising the Maypole

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Nail it

If I show you my character has great hair, you will not see her. If I tell you she has a tiny scar at the upper left corner of her lip from which protrudes one gray whisker–you will make up the rest of her face with absolute clarity. If I tell you my character is […]

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Writing as Resistance

April 29, 1:30-5:30 Multnomah Village, Portland, Oregon Is the daily assault of politics and world news interfering with your peace of mind? Are you searching for ways to make a difference? Explore  strategies for talking back to the noise, find some quiet within, and propel your concerns onto the page. Because some times especially call […]

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Stretch as Far as You Can

I’ve worked  with hundreds of writers over the years and if there’s one thing I learned is that writers need to stretch as far as they can. As in take the biggest risk.  Stage a madcap scenario or the bleakest dystopian future. Imagine the weirdest, most difficult character. Write about a topic that truly scares […]

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April is National Poetry Month

Find 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month here including a free poster designed by Maira Kalman. {Consider signing up for Poem-A-Day. So  easy.} Or memorize a poem. Better yet, write one. Then another. Keep writing, keep dreaming, support poetry    

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The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone. Martin Amis

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