Monday, August 3, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--August 3, 2015--Developing Your Characters

A Step in the Write Direction

August 3, 2015

Update: Enjoying the coolness inside our mobile home with the new air conditioner installed Monday. He said it should help with the utility bills too as the other one was 17 years old. This Thursday men will come and remove the mold from our house. I have to be out of here for 3 days so thought it would be a good time to visit my brother and wife near Nashville. Haven’t seen them in several years….Good news on the new Step in the Write Direction Book. The publisher has lowered the price from $24.95 to $19.95. With the assignments throughout, this will be good for home schoolers, Christian schools, and writers’ groups….Note from this morning’s sermon: The preacher was asked where his church was. “I can give you the address where it is on Sunday,” he told his friend, “but I don’t know where the church is the rest of the week.” This reminds me of one of my nephew’s songs, when someone asked the minister when the service began, he replied, “When you go out the door and turn out the lights, that’s when the service begins.” I hope we all do our part in serving the Lord this week!

Thought for Today: “I am who I am” God said in Exodus 3. Some Jewish scholars translate this phrase as “I shall be as I shall be.” This gives us hope for the present and the future. What God was yesterday He is today. What God is today He will be tomorrow. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So be encouraged. God was, God is, and God shall be (Ed Dobson, Prayers and Promises,111,112). (Wesley Tracy’s “Manna Morsels,” 7/26/15).

Song for Today:
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His name!
Glory to His name! Glory to His name!
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His name!
            “Yesterday, Today, Forever,” Albert B. Simpson, 1943–1919

Laugh for Today: A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she asked, “that the medication you prescribed me has to be taken for the rest of my life.” “Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor said. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering then just how serious my condition is as this prescription is marked NO REFILLS.”

Good Description: I want to share this descriptive line from a book I just read: “The woman had a perpetually puckered mouth, looking like she’d sucked on a lemon for too long” (Debby Mayne, Deck the Halls [from the series Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, Minneapolis, MN: Summerside Press, 2011, p. 45]).

Writer’s Tips:             Developing Characters (continued)

Make a list of all the characters in your book. Draw a family tree. Give the ages of the characters when you begin writing and keep track so they won’t age three years in a two-year span.

Develop character sketches. What color is their hair? Their eyes? What is their height and weight? What are some of their personality traits? Their faults? Their strengths and weaknesses? Their likes and dislikes?           

Get to know your characters well enough that you would recognize them if you met them walking down the street.

The following assignment was given in a fiction workshop taught by Mabeth Clem of the Nazarene Publishing House.

 1. What does my character most sincerely believe in? (example: honesty)
 2. Noticeable mannerism? (faltering step)
 3. Music? (old gospel hymns)
 4. Attitude toward person closest to him? (17-year-old grandson, protective)
 5. Comment made habitually or favorite saying? (“Honesty is the best policy.”)
 6. Favorite entertainment? (fishing)
 7. Fear? (to be left alone)
 8. Pet peeve? (loud music)
 9. Attitude toward opposite sex? (old-fashioned)
10. Favorite foods? (meat and potatoes)
11. Greatest psychological need? (to be loved and needed)
12. How does this affect his actions? (He does what others think he should, rather than what he really wants to do.)
13. Present problem?

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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