Revising Characters – Arc Lights


Revising Characters – Arc Lights

Shining a Spotlight – An Approach

Read about the quandary after revising my scene structures.

Read about hand wringing after revising my scene structures.

From a craft perspective, how many things do we need for a good story?

In no particular order, I would vote for an interesting plot, memorable characters, and enjoyable prose.

But the right order will lead to less rework. Fix the plot, continue with the characters, and finish with writing style. The quickest way to lose material is by making huge changes to the scene order. With that set, I can bring characters to life without worrying whether their scenes will survive…usually.

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Revising – What Now?


Revising – What Now?

Send It Out To The Critters…Or Fix The Characters?

Read about final scenes.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Finished with my final scene’s structure finally shipshape, I sat, facing a choice. Should I fix the worst SPAG errors and send it out for crits…or…go and fix the character arcs?


…drum roll…

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Revising – The End Of Time


Revising – Those Special Snowflakes

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

Read about climaxes.

There and back again.

The quest complete.

But when does our tale end? Might we write THE END after the climax, or does unfinished work remain?

Personally…I hate stories which end with the bad guy vanquished. But it took me time to understand those things I should do in advance of bringing the curtain down.

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Revising – Epiphany’s Lightning


Revising – Those Special Snowflakes

How Could I Have Been Such a Ditz?

Read about revising openings.

The MC finally gets it.

Of course, we all saw it coming. How smug and smart we all feel…and devastated.

You know, the part where the MC hits rock bottom after they wrecked everything. And they set this, feeling sorry for themselves, wondering how it all happened. Then…click. They finally understand that thing everyone tried to tell them.

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Faleena Hopkins — Her Day In Court


Faleena Hopkins – Her Day In Court

How Did It Taste?


Read about the opening shots in #Cockygate.


How does it really taste?

Faleena Hopkins, of #Cockygate, whom I blogged about in another post, escalated her war to enforce her recently awarded Trademark, by suing three people.  A Federal judge in New York held a preliminary hearing, summarized here.

Her most immediate loss was removal of Kevin Kneupper from the suit, thus allowing him to independently proceed with his challenge to awarding the Trademark.  And this may present Faleena with her biggest long-term peril, especially if the Trademark Office determines she made false statements, most notably her claim that she was the first to use Cocky in a series title.

Another pending loss is the suit against Jennifer Watson, who assembled an anthology of short stories called Cocktales, with the only stipulation that they contain Cocky in the title. Almost all proceeds will go to writers ensnared by Faleena Hopkins. As an aside, I had an opportunity to contribute a short story. Why did I elevate my WIP above a chance to strike a blow for underdog writers everywhere? Shame on me.

Meanwhile, many questioned the appropriateness of suing the publisher at all. Should not Faleena have gone after the authors?

Faleena’s best chance rests in her suit against Tara Crescent. And who knows how that will turn out? Because, though the judge seems to have made comments about the weakness of the Trademark, if it goes to a jury, anything might happen…especially if Tara Crescent counter sues for damages and court costs.

I think the next court date falls at the end of summer…a long, hot summer for a bully.