Faleena Hopkins — Too Big To Fail…Not


Faleena Hopkins – Too Big To Fail…Not

I Know What It Means When I Say No Mas


Read about the opening Faleena’s day of reckoning in court.

Wait…wait…wait…the witch burning is off.. Sorry…you can all go home.

Faleena Hopkins quit, and will take down her Trade Mark of cocky.

And, as a writer, I really wanted to grieve for her, for she might have genuinely wanted to protect her stories. But all that stuff with Take Down Notices, acting totally snarky, branding her readers with insufficient discernment to figure out which books she’d written and those by other authors. Still, some of the writing greats have behaved dreadfully to other human beings. Papa Hemingway may have won a Nobel Prize in Literature, but he wasn’t ever going to win Best-Loved-Writer-By-Other-Writers.

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Revising Characters – Yellow Brick Road Time


Revising Characters – Yellow Brick Road Time

On A Tread-Mill

Read about updating my MC’s Prologue and First Scene.

Picture The Wizard of Oz with Dorothy skipping along the swirl and singing with the Munchkins…

…until she gets to the edge of town.

And, like her, I’m at the edge of town, looking at that road leading off into the distance, over hill and dale.  Only, I’m not skipping and singing.  I’m trapped on a treadmill.

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Revising Characters – Prologues and First Chapters


Revising Characters – Prologues And The First Chapter

No…No…No…They Are Not The Same Thing

Read about updating my Main Character’s personality traits.

I finally did it…

…start, that is.

I’ve revised my MC in the first four scenes…with thirty-six to go. And I’m averaging 250 new words per scene. At this rate I may reach 100,000. And, planning this story out, I wanted 12,000 words. Amazing.

Starting with a prologue.

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Revising Characters – Ooops…I Had Her All Wrong


Revising Characters – Ooops…I Had Her All Wrong

A Blinding Epiphany

Read about struggling with one of my characters.

Lightning struck last week with my most important non-MC character, Mera.

I had put her through a lot of bad things.

For instance?

Things like her murdered father dying in her arms, fleeing through a city convulsed in riots with a guy she only just met, a kidnapping and escaped a fate worse than death by a last second rescue. After that, the MC tried to force her into a role in his grand plan…without asking. And…she’s struggling to keep her feelings to herself because she and the MC grew up in different religions.

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Revising Characters – A Work In Progress


Revising Characters – A Work In Progress

One Step At A Time

Read about revising important characters.

Done yet?


Before starting, I went through all forty scenes, and recorded whether each of my ten characters contributed to that scene. In all, I came up with 452 instances. And they ranged from three for my MC’s father, to forty for the MC.

So…though twenty-four days have expired, I’m not ready to guess how much longer I need.

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