Pau Helps: Writing Characters’ Thoughts


Great writing tips from Stephanie Morrill on expressing character thoughts in a story.  Also Pau’s picks on other helpful sites.

Originally posted on Pau's Castles:


Hi! I’ve been browsing A LOT of helpful websites for writers and I just want to share with you this site I’ve stumbled upon about writing the thoughts of our beloved characters. You see, thanks to the finally having some leisure time, I’m back to writing again and although I’ve been wanting to start with a certain dystopian plot I had been planning around for months, I realized my characters from a previous work-in-progress won’t allow me to start on a new one if I haven’t finished theirs. Because of that, instead of jumping from one site to another on how to properly craft a dystopian plot, I decided to browse through some character-related tips. I’ve taken down notes on the basic stuff about what to initially conceptualize for a character and when I thought I already got myself covered, I encountered this article about how to properly write their thoughts…

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Land of I Can’t


Positive thinking can move mountains…

Originally posted on Musings by Melanie V. Logan:


You’ve probably heard of the land of I Can’t.  It’s  near IwishIhadadone and on the other side of Wouldacouldashoulda.  The citizens of I Can’t are known to be frowned up, looking down on the inhabitants of the City of Dreams.  They often tell them what they can and can not do, should or should not accomplish.  There’s a lot of opinion in I Can’t – and most of it is on the negative side.

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Writing Tips from Jodie Renner


I love Jodie’s advice.  Especially items 1 and 2 about staying in character and out of your own head when writing.  When I look back at some of the things I’ve written here, I can clearly see the difference between times when I felt, thought and experienced the story as the character as opposed to just writing about what I thought the character would feel or think.

She also has good points on pepping up story dialogue.

Originally posted on [weird n-arrations]:

Jodie Renner, a freelance fiction editor specializing in thrillers and other fast-paced fiction, has published two books to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: WRITING A KILLER THRILLER and FIRE UP YOUR FICTION. I bought the second one and it’s awesome. Below, an article she wrote, in which she shares very interesting tips.

A woman writing with her feet and hands, contorting her body

1. Get into your character’s head – and stay there.

Start right out in the point of view of your protagonist and show the events through his eyes, with his internal reactions. Forget omniscient point of view – it’s no longer in favor, and for very good reason. Readers want to get “up close and personal” with the main character, so they can become emotionally engaged and sucked into the story.

Show your character’s thoughts, perceptions, and inner reactions to what’s going on right away, so readers can identify with her…

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Is Age Just a Number? What’s the Best One?


Late last week an acquaintance and I were discussing how we envisioned life in our early twenties.  As I reflected on my own expectations from that time, I realized that I’ve accomplished much.  Many of the things that I set out for, I’m accomplished such as finishing college and working in my desired field.  I’ve wanted to travel across this country, and I’ve done that.  I’ve even worked on some of my “isms” that back then I thought would last forever.

It would be a lie to say that I didn’t wish for anything to be different.  Of course there were low points that I would have liked to skip over.  At the same time, those experiences helped me to be who I am today.  So, am I unhappy with myself or my life?  Not at all.  In fact, I’m trying to think of more things to add to my bucket list. :-)

As you look back over your life, do you greet the journey with joy or regret?


Originally posted on Musings by Melanie V. Logan:


“Write about one thing that is special about being your current age and why.” ?” (Tiana Lopez, Zealous Scripts)

As a young’in I used to think that anything past the age of 25 was just old. Once I reached 25, old seemed like 50 and beyond. Now that I’m 40, I’m not so sure what old is anymore.

Watching people like Betty White and others in their 90s and centennial years shows that being youthful is not just an appearance, but a state of mind as well.   In recent weeks, I’ve seen a 98 year old woman break the record for the 100 meter dash. Mind you, it was for her age group, but still. Then there was something on tv where two 80-somethings discussed the fads and entertainers of the present. They knew a lot more than I did.

So to stay on track with the writing…

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Write and Keep Writing


One of the things I read from different writers and bloggers about writing is that one should create a routine and stick to it.  For awhile I did just that – making sure I wrote something down each day.  And then life happened.  Time and focus were at a premium.  But…I still tried to make sure I wrote something each day.  I’d love to tell you that it relaxed me and brought peace to the chaos.  Instead it added to it in a way.  Let me explain…

Sometimes I wrote about the thoughts in my head about the things going on.  And sometimes it would refuel the fire that I thought had calmed down.  Then there were days that I didn’t know what to write about so I’d try to work on more chapters of my book.  It was great that I was making progress, but there were times when I got so caught up in my writing that I had to rush on other things.  This caused more stress and ultimately I had to make a decision.

Writing is important to me and I enjoy it.  However, I cannot sacrifice my physical and mental health for it no matter how much it means to me.  What good would I be to anyone, including myself, if I’m at a severe deficient?   In that state, would my writings be any good or just desperate ramblings?

Don’t get me wrong. Routines may work for most.  I agree with Cana that writers write, but does the frequency make them more or less of one?

On another note, I did like Cana’s suggestion to find a writing partner.  This can be a win-win for bouncing ideas off each other, proof-reading, resource on writing, and a motivator for those moments when we may be off.  In addition, it’s good to have someone who loves what you love who doesn’t mind talking about the thing that you love. :-)

Originally posted on Magic and Words:

How can you tell if you’re a writer or just someone who enjoys writing? A writer writes. It may sound frivolous now, of course a writer writes! But we all know those days where we’d rather do anything but write, the days where even cleaning the garage looks interesting. That’s fine. Every writer I know has bad writing days. What really separates a writer and someone who likes writing is the will to pick yourself back up again.

Here are my tips for how to write and keep writing.

Establish a Routine

Whenever I feel like I’m not writing enough, I establish a routine. Writing consistently works wonders. If you write every single day, the quality of your work grows, you’re writing every day, and over time it becomes weird not to write regularly, which is a great position to be in! The best part is that it’s not even…

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Comfortable in My Own Skin


In memory and honor of the women who used their wisdom and experience to help me grow.  Thank you for sharing your heart and courage.  ~Melanie

Originally posted on Musings by Melanie V. Logan:

pixabayI was born on a Tuesday…no, wait….a Thursday.  Well I guess at my age now, it really doesn’t matter.  Hi, my name is Anne, and I’m 74 years young.  I used to not say things like that because my mind wasn’t right.  Well, not in a mentally disordered sense, but just my way of thinking.  My only regret, is that I didn’t learn about thinking better, sooner.  Would have made a lot of different decisions if I had.  I know you didn’t come here to hear about my problems.  But I’ll share a piece of my life with you.  Maybe it’ll help some youngins get it together before their bones turn brittle.

When I was a little girl, we lived in a small clapboard house.  Nothing special.  Two bedrooms, a tiny bathroom, and an even tinier kitchen.  I know this was the best Mama and Daddy could do, but I…

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Writing Tip: “Sense” Your Scenes


I have to agree with this post in so many ways.  Just because colorful words are used, they may not be structured or written in a way that helps the reader get a good feel for the scene or even the character.  This can leave an otherwise great story, limp and lifeless – like Ben Stein’s character from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

What I appreciate from this post are the questions and insight provided to help writers create more sensory scenes – the type that engage reader’s 5 senses and can provoke thoughts.  I’ve always loved books and movies that could do this.

Image: Five Senses – Tomesia Ingram

Originally posted on Stephanie Huesler:

I try to read a book a week; it’s usually on a Saturday, when I have time to sit down and read a good chunk at a time.  This past weekend I read a book which prompted thoughts around this concept of “sensing” a scene, and reading it aloud to hear any howlers that might have crept into the writing.  The author of that book obviously did neither, though her editor might have told her to beef up descriptives – so they were clumped all together, staggering me as a reader to a halt while I tried to figure out the context of the pages of descriptives before remembering what the characters were doing there in the first place, and often the dialogue sounded very stilted (e.g. using “vocalized” instead of “shouted” – the latter of the two would have fit into the character’s time and place far better) – a…

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