Guest post: Creating a Functional Family Within Fiction

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful P.C. Zick, who discusses revamping her contemporary romance series. Enjoy!

AuthorPhotoNewCreating a functional family within fiction

By P.C. Zick

“I’m from a dysfunctional family.”

We’ve all heard this statement so much, it’s a cliché—overused and meaningless.

However, as an author, I can turn the cliché into something meaningful. But first, I must make my fictional families as dysfunctional as possible to create the necessary conflict and tension. Once I’ve done that, I can turn them into my ideal version of functional. I don’t mean the vision of what we’d been told a “real” family looks like. Those ideas were created with the 1950s sitcoms, and probably messed us all up when we realized we didn’t have Donna Reed in an apron in the kitchen cooking dinner. Or Mrs. Cleaver greeting the Beaver and Wally with homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk when they came home from a perfect day of school. Fred McMurray wasn’t in the recliner in the den with a pipe waiting to dispense down-to-earth advice to his three sons on how to ask a girl out on a date.

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How do I find time to write?

Manage your time, organise your time, organize your time, get organisedI thought I’d write about it finding time! I have done articles on time-management before, but there’s always more to say.

Finding Time sounds so strange, as if rooting between the sofa cushions may yield a few extra scraps of time we didn’t know we had. 🙂

Someone recently asked whether they could make money from writing full time. In truth almost all writers want to write full time. Who doesn’t want to get paid doing what they love?

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Guest Post: To Speak with Temperance

This week’s guest poster is the awesome author Icky who, with his lovely muse Miss Persephone Plumtartt, discuss some writing wisdom! I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did 🙂

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Icky and Kitka (the cat)

To Speak with Temperance

by Icky

“Eek! Dig it, Miss Plumtartt! We are guest hosts on Ari Meghlen’s highly touted writing blog, ‘Eternal Scribbler’!

“Quite so, Mr. Temperance. Miss Meghlen is very kind. Is there a purpose for our being here?”

“Oh, yes Ma’am! Miss Ari wants me to share some writing advice!”

“ . . .

I beg your pardon, sir, but did you say that you were consulted for writing wisdom? Tell me, why did you not explain your lack of understanding on the subject and make your apologies, eh hem?”

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Fine tune your writing with detail

cal-0814-va4-detect_07I thought I would do a quick article about ‘detail’ in writing. I think it can be one of those things that gets overlooked.

While we can wax lyrical in our descriptions we can still end up missing something and that can often be extra detail.

But why is detail so important?

Simply because detail adds an extra layer to the writing to help draw the reader deeper into your world.

Maybe you’re sat there thinking “well I add detail, I fill my writing with description.” Great, you should make sure there is strong description. But too often writers can end up using notion rather than detail.

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Writing a large cast of characters

People sitting in an audienceYes… I am back to writing tutorials and actually getting them out on the right day! Huzzah!

So today I want to talk about large casts! By large casts I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again.)

The fantasy novel I have left floundering in a drawer (at 220,000 words… I really should get back to that) had a large cast. It followed several groups of people through numerous subplots (I promise to get to a subplot tutorial soon!) and when I eventually return to it, will have more coming in by the second book.

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20 great quotes and memes

 

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As I am still struggling with some things I haven’t been able to get myself sorted with a proper blog post. However I did want to get back to a schedule of Friday posting.

So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite memes and quotes that are either about writers or at least could be 🙂

If you have any great quotes, please share them in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Have you any specific quotes that have been inspirational to you during the writing process?

Do pop back on Tuesday for our next Guest Poster 🙂

Happy writing

Ari

About Ari Meghlen

I’ve been a writer since I was given unsupervised access to pens and can’t write anything shorter than a trilogy. I live in the greener part of the UK with my awesome boyfriend, 3 mad cats and 1 overly-confident budgie. I spend my time lost in imaginary worlds, making jewellery, taking nature photos or watching bad movies. Connect with me on: Facebook or on my Website or just leave me a comment on this blog. I love comments 🙂

Guest Post: Why Writers Should Also Be Readers

That’s right people, we are back with guest posting! More awesome people have agreed to share their thoughts and ideas on this blog. This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Justine Alley Dowsett from Mirror World Publishing. Enjoy.

justineWhy Writers Should Also Be Readers

by Justine

It’s not a coincidence that most people who like to write are also big readers. Besides providing entertainment and that window into lives other than our own, there’s a lot that reading can teach us about how to be better writers. To do this though, we have to learn to read critically even as we read for enjoyment. Here’s a few techniques you can use when reading to improve your writing.   Continue reading

How to deal with invading story ideas

invadingstoryideasI’ve talked about ideas before – you may remember my Song of the Muses post. However I want to discuss the invasion of stories.

I don’t know about you, but my muse doesn’t wait until I’ve finished a novel before she bashes me over the head with another idea.

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Case in point, while driving to work this week, I was suddenly accosted by a whole new story. The protagonist was fully formed and named (thought I wasn’t keen on the character’s surname…every attempt to rename her failed and so I have kept it as it came to me).

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Guest post: How to write in a foreign language

MS Harris.jpgThis week’s guest poster is the wonderful M S Harris who discusses writing manuscripts in a language that is not your native one.

How To Write In A Foreign Language

by M.S. Harris

I have been writing for a long time and I’ve been making stories in my head for as long as I can remember.

Not only do I write and I make stories, but I write them in English. English is not my first language, Greek is and through a lot of thinking I decided that writing in English is the better choice for me.

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Avoiding Deus ex Machina

Ex Machina.jpgDeus Ex…what?

Originally this term meant “God from the Machine” and was in reference to when a “god” character in a play was lowered on stage via a cable device. The god was often brought in as a divine intervention for a situation that was unfixable.

The term has changed now and is used as a negative connotation to explain a sudden illogical plot twist used to completely alter a situation. Sadly this sort of thing happens in fiction whereby someone or something is introduced into the plotline just to create a contrived solution to an unsolvable issue / conflict.

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