Category Archive: Writing Workshops

A Week of Writing in the Woods

I attended my first life-changing writing workshop.  I say first because I already suspect there will be more in my future.   The Out of Excuses Writing Retreat was everything it promised to be… Continue reading

Becoming a Habitual Writer: My New Year’s Resolution

I am trying to make this my habit.  I don’t want to stop-and-go with my momentum.  I want to be serious about my writing. I look back over my last year at my… Continue reading

First Scene: Introducing Characters

This is the result of my homework assignment in Creating 3D Characters.  The story has 4 main characters – 2 in Jarra and 2 in Thoradin.  This scene is a few chapters into the book… Continue reading

Creating 3D Characters: Week 4

The Character Arc By now we have made some decent characters, explored those characters, created bios, interviewed them and written scenes.  Now we have to think about how our characters are going to… Continue reading


This is a scene from Fragments of the Soul, a novel I wrote in 2011.  I used this scene as a dialogue scene assignment for my Creating 3D Characters Workshop.  It was critiqued… Continue reading

Creating 3D Characters: Week 3

Week 3: Interview Your Character Interviewing my character has probably been the most insightful exercise so far.  Wow.  I wrote her answers to the interview questions as if no one would ever read… Continue reading

Creating 3D Characters: Week 2

Week 2: Make us Care Well, how do we do that?  Make someone care.  What makes YOU care?  Why do you like certain people and dislike other people?  What is it that attracts… Continue reading

Biography of Sorcha

My first attempt at a Bio for one of the main characters in my novel. CHARACTER BIO TEMPLATE Name:          Sorcha  Torteval Age:      22            Birthplace:  Thoradin Height:      5’ Weight:        115lbs Hair color:           black Eye… Continue reading

Creating 3-D Characters: Week 1

Week 1: Characters & Dialogue We learned a lot about creating original believable characters.  There were a lot of great insights on things to consider when creating characters.  Some of those gems included: Study people… Continue reading

Writing Workshop of my Dreams!

I am a big fan of Writing Excuses.  I love the authors and I love their attitudes, sense of humor and helpfulness.  The podcast is short and sweet.  It always gives me something to think… Continue reading

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