Fun(ish) Fact Friday

I discovered this wonderful infographic in my email and had to share with all my writer friends! Originally posted on Global English Editing’s blog The I Love Writing Blog, it offers 8 reasons why writers make great, excuse me, incredible friends.  I suppose we could use some of these tidbits in the way of a personal résumé when trying to make new friends, or to help us feel better about all those random things we know, or how OCD we may be. :)


Do you agree?  Are there other reasons missing?

Have a great weekend!

Writing Prompt #60

Today I thought I would switch up the Writing Prompt Challenge a bit.  I recently found a fellow writer-pinner on Pinterest that saves wonderful lines of dialogue and story related words/snippets of inspiration, and it has caused me to branch out in order to find interesting, inspiring new things.  So for today’s Writing Prompt, I offer you the following:


I look forward to reading your creations!  Happy Writing!

A Discrepant Writer Reviews: The Quest

The QuestI am not a reality show watcher.  Other than RuPaul’s Drag Race, I have only seen snippets of shows, mostly through The Soup.  Randomly searching through the Netflix options, The Sis and I came upon a reality competition show called The Quest.  We turned it on out of curiosity, but not only were we hooked, we’re ready to sign up for next season.

Here’s a quick synopsis: Contestants are transported to a magical realm to help a kingdom under attack from a dark force.  Through a series of adventures where new skills are learned and tested, one will rise above the others to wield a magical weapon that will help them defeat the impending evil.

Now here’s what I liked about the show.  It’s a fantasy world created and filmed in a castle in Austria.  The queen of the realm, her advisors, and her kingdom played their roles wonderfully.  They had backstories and stayed in character, adding an authentic feel to this world.  It’s a combination of role playing and competition where the contestants, aka paladins, actually helped one another to succeed.  There was very little in-fighting or backstabbing, something I generally expect from most of these “reality” based shows.  Also, there was never any mention of prize money.  A trip to Europe to live out your childhood fantasy of saving a kingdom as a worthy knight is prize enough.  This is another reason I feel the competitors were inclined to be kinder to one another.

The elimination round is judged by the Greek mythological Fates (and you know how I have a soft spot for them), and you’re guided and mentored by a knight of the realm.  Now for my cosplayer friends and fellow fantasy genre enthusiasts, doesn’t this sound like the ideal competition for us?!  *A spoilery bonus, the eliminated contestants return for the final fight, so there is an honest sense of teamwork and camaraderie.

There is no telling who will be the winner.  Size and speed don’t necessarily give you an overwhelming advantage, as some rounds required a variety of skill sets.  Overall, the show is a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it to those who prefer to spend their time in the books and movies of other worlds; where dragons rule the sky and heroes are created, where you can live in a castle, make friends with the queen, and save the day.5stars

It makes me want to cosplay all the more and join the Society for Creative Anachronism, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

Give it a watch, or if you already have, share with me your thoughts.

A Little Shameless Self-Promotion

AllAboutMeBunnyHappy Wednesday!

I’m breaking from the norm because it’s technically my Saturday and I’m feeling a little lazy after a hard week, and because I received my final rejection from this year’s round of submissions, ((sigh)) so I’m moping, just a bit.

I was going to post a Writing Prompt, but nothing quite struck me today, so instead, I thought I’d do a little self-promotion and hopefully find new ways to connect with all of you and find interesting new sites, creative resources, etc.  I’m also hoping it will make me seek more things out in order to be useful and resourceful myself.

The following is a list of social media sites and the like and how I currently use them.  I’m open to suggestions on how to utilize them better or any others you would like to recommend.

I use Facebook as a means of sharing quotes (y’all know how I love me a quote) and any helpful writing tips, submission deadlines, or other writing related info I come across.

I started out using Twitter as a means of connecting with other screenwriters and people in the industry, but at the moment, I really use it to just geek out. I share Dragon Age and other gaming related topics of interest, Captain America, Doctor Who, Star Wars, etc. and the occasional screenwriting tidbit.

By now I’m sure you’re all aware of my Pinterest fixation.  I currently have 34 boards (and counting) that include everything from writing to cosplay to castles to fandoms and so much more.

For screenwriters and industry people, Stage 32 is an organization for networking, promotion, and employment I’m a part of, although I haven’t utilized it to its fullest.

I recently joined Wattpad, but am unsure of how I want to utilize it so far.  I was thinking about uploading my fanfic(s) and maybe my flash fiction pieces to get a little feedback…are any of you using this site?  Do you have any tips?  Do you like it?

I’m planning on updating my YouTube channel to offer more/better playlists you can write to, so stay tuned for that.

If you decide to connect with me on any of these, please send me a message that you’re a fellow blogger, and I’ll be sure to follow you as well!

Wishing you all the best in your endeavors!

Writing Prompt #59

Today’s prompt continues the running theme of character.  I feel a visual representation of the images you have in your head as a writer are a great source of inspiration.  I always find a few pictures that help me visualize characters or places better, especially since I can not draw, at all.


If you are interested in finding images that help you better tell your story, Pinterest is a great resource.  I have created a number of boards for creative purposes, such as Character, Environment, and one entitled Inspiration for a variety of images that peak my interest, as well as a board for each of my screenplays.

Take a look and maybe you’ll find just what you’ve been looking for to help in your storytelling.

Happy Writing!

*Image by artist Eve Ventrue, who is quickly becoming a favorite!

Developing Your Characters

CharacterQuoteIn Sunday’s post, I mentioned how I’ve been struggling to get to know the protagonist of my space odyssey pilot.  I have nearly every other character worked out, backstories in place, and even a number of future episode ideas plotted, but this one character, the main character, still sort of eludes me.

I decided to find ways of getting to know my character better and found two useful tools.  The first is a list of personality traits ranging from positive to negative from MIT.  The second is a list of questions to answer that will help you create a fully fleshed out person, not just a character.  I found two separate sources:

1) Gotham Writers has two lists.

2) Is a link to a page entitled, The 100 Most Important Things to Know About Your Character.  This page incorporates many of the questions from Gotham and then added on.

I have found both tools rather useful.  I went through each character and assigned them all a handful of positive, neutral, and negative traits each to encourage diversity and to better understand them individually.  Not all characters are all good or bad (I’ve written a bit on this before.  Click here.), and this helped me to learn more about them and how they might respond in a given situation.

The questionnaire is a bit more daunting, at 100+ questions, but even just looking over the list allowed me to take other facets of my character’s life into consideration.  There are big things to consider, such as what were her biggest fears or her dreams before arriving in this new world? And there are trifling matters, such as did she secretly have a crush on someone?  Will she be upset that she’ll never know how Game of Thrones ended?  I know I would.  Okay, I threw that one in just for giggles, but you can see my train of thought and how these questions will shape your character.

Novel writing and screenwriting vary in a great many aspects, but knowing your characters is not one of them.  Although many of those personal aspects will not find themselves on the page of your screenplay or even on the screen, and some of those topics may never be visited within the pages of a novel, but as the writer, understanding your characters will help you determine their actions, their feelings, and their responses – and sometimes it’s with this understanding that they help us write the story.  If we know how they will react to a certain situation, it makes the writing that much easier, because we are writing what is in their nature, and not trying to force a situation to work a specific way because it’s what we want.

I hope you find these tools useful, and if you have any other sources or tips, please share!

Happy Writing!

Quote Monday-ish

I was scrolling through my quote board on Pinterest and came upon the following.  Not exactly a quote, but as writers, it is something we should have prominently displayed, pretty much everywhere.


Have you ever been in the midst of a conversation and suddenly had an idea of how to fix a story problem?  Did you overhear people talking and think, “I am so stealing that line!”  Yeah, we all have.  :)

Have a wonderful and productive week!

Writing in Character (Even If They Aren’t Your Own)

TypewriterFontWriterI’ve been struggling to get into the head of my protagonist for the pilot I’ve been working on.  I have a few big decisions to make, but have yet to settle on anything definitive.  As the story is about sisters who have been separated – set against a space odyssey backdrop – I had this idea to begin or end each episode with the elder writing letters to the younger.  I thought of it as an exercise, in the hopes it might give me more perspective on these characters as a whole.

While I’m at work, I often find I have large blocks of time to make notes, write scenes, story ideas, etc. and it was my plan to utilize this time for this specific purpose, instead I have begun to write letters from Dragon Age characters to each other.

Yes, yes, I know.

I’m currently on my second play-through of Inquisition, so I suppose it was just a matter of time.  I had this random idea of what some of the current characters might say to their old friends from the first game, specifically, the hero, who is referenced in each game, but has yet to make another appearance.  A number of other characters make appearances throughout the series, a few becoming major characters in Inquisition (game three, and the most recent).

Leliana(Inquisition)My first letter is from Leliana.  In Inquisition she is one of your advisors, but she was previously a companion, and possible love interest, and her growth as a character has been noted throughout the series.  Her letter is a companion piece to the fanfiction I’ve been writing, so the letter is addressed to the mage of that tale.  The second letter I’ve been writing is from Cullen, a Templar who, although has had only small parts in the previous two games, has become an advisor and love Cullen(Inquisition)interest in the current game.  As my protagonist of the fanfiction knows Cullen from their time together early on in the first game, I developed a story in my head that they have remained friends all these years.

I’ve written quite a bit in just a few days, and although it’s not truly relevant to my own portfolio, it’s a fun exercise to get me out of my head, and it helps to break up the monotony at work.  I may post them, I haven’t decided yet.

As writers we have dozens of characters roaming around in our heads at any given time, and sometimes it’s difficult to know them all intimately.  We have to figure out techniques to bring all their traits and quirks to light.  In regards to my pilot, I’ve discovered I know some of the characters I wasn’t even focused on entirely much better than I thought.  As I’ve been concentrating on figuring out the protagonist, I found a couple of interesting sites and tips to help understand our characters better and will share those in the next few days.

In the mean time, if you are struggling with character development, try having them write a letter.  They could write to an old friend, someone they admire, a teacher they’ve always meant to thank, or maybe a letter to their past/future self.  Who knows what you’ll discover.

Good luck and happy writing!