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According to Ayelet Waldman

Most writers  spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, ‘Aha, here is the story.’

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June

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Join me on June 1, Hillsboro, Oregon for From Idea to Story

I’m thrilled to help kick off an exciting new lineup of speakers in Washington County. Join us on June 1 for the first Writers Forum at Insomnia Coffee, 317 Main Street, Hillsboro. I’ll be speaking from 7-8 on From Idea to Story Writers have long grappled with the problem of taking a flash of inspiration through […]

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Why Your Characters Do What They Do, part 4 goals

Goals push characters to act and strive because fiction characters are more goal-driven than triathletes. They can be: need desire ambition want purpose A goal will always be some kind of a test. Goals always mean everything to the protagonist. Subplots also require goals and conflict. Aim to make it as hard as possible for […]

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Quick Take: Characters are all about Goals

I’m in the midst of renovating a house and yard. This hadn’t been in my game plan, but there you have it. Life, truth demanding to be heard. Demanding a big change. The yard has been around for almost 30 years with almost no landscaping done during those years. The house is beat up. As […]

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Why Your Characters Do What They Do, part 3

Motivations create full-blooded characters. The Portland area is dressed in a hundred shades of green. Dogwoods are now flowering, graceful blooms umbrellaing amid the spring greens.  Rhododendrons are splashed gaudy amid yards and parks. Nursery centers are burgeoning with plants spilling over, lined in rows, artfully arranged. The garden center parking lot full, patrons pulling […]

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Be a good steward of your gifts.

  Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular  hours. ~ Jane Kenyon

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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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