Eric M Witchery on agendas …

“…at any given moment in a story, every character is working
on at least three agendas—three levels of desire: An overall agenda,
which tends to consist of broad hopes—life goals. A scene agenda,
which is the result a character hopes to achieve in a scene. A
compulsive agenda, which is a deeper, hidden need.”

-Eric M. Witchey in an article in The Writer, September 2007

A Question from a blog comment

I received this question the other day and thought everyone would like to read it and my reply:
“This topic is quite hot on the Internet at the moment. What do you pay the most attention to when choosing what to write about?”

Hmmm..I dont think I choose what I will write about, I think that my topics choose me! Or rather, they seem to jump out at me when I sit down to type. For some people choosing what to write can cause them to be blocked. There are so many topics and plots and story lines to choose from. How could I possibly pick just one! I don’t; I write about whatever strikes me at the moment. The thing is to learn enough discipline to finish a project once started. If I am not careful, I can bounce around from project to project and never complete one. Its a struggle! lol. For instance, I currently have 5 different stories in different stages of completion, from being in the plotting stage to being 2/3rds of the way fininshed. I guess the most important thing is to figure out a way of working that suits you and then the ideas will flow!

Quote for today!

> “Put your butt in the chair and write. > And never mind feeling blocked. > Everyone feels blocked all the time. > Madeline L’Engle once said, > “Inspiration usually comes during work, > rather than before it.” > > -Anna Quindlen in an interview > in Writer’s Digest, October 2006

Launch Party Reminder

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Date: Tuesday April 7, 2009
Time: All Day
Repeats: This event repeats every month.
Location: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/
Notes: Eternal Press is excited to announce seven sizzling new titles released this month. We invite you to join us for our launch party on the 7th over at our Reader’s email group. Here’s the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/ We’re partying all day so come chat with our authors; you might win some free stuff!

Quotes for frustrated writers

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
– Douglas Adams

There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
– Brian Aldiss

A writer should say to himself, not, How can I get more money?, but How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)?
– Brian Aldiss

The story…must be a conflict, and specifically, a conflict between the forces of good and evil within a single person.
– Maxwell Anderson

When a man publishes a book, there are so many stupid things said that he declares he’ll never do it again. The praise is almost always worse than the criticism.
– Sherwood Anderson

You know how it is in the kid’s book world; it’s just bunny eat bunny.
– Anonymous

Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions – what we do – that we are happy or the reverse….All human happiness and misery take the form of action.
– Aristotle

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
– Matthew Arnold

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
– Isaac Asimov

No one suggests that writing about science will turn the entire world into a model of judgment and creative thought. It will be enough if they spread the knowledge as widely as possible.
– Isaac Asimov

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.
– Isaac Asimov

To most readers the word ‘fiction’ is an utter fraud. They are entirely convinced that each character has an exact counterpart in real life and that any small discrepancy with that counterpart is a simple error on the author’s part. Consequently, they are totally at a loss if anything essential is altered. Make Abraham Lincoln a dentist, put the Gettysburg Address on his tongue, and nobody will recognize it.
– Louis Auchincloss

Eternal Press Launch Party !

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Date: Saturday February 7, 2009
Time: All Day
Repeats: This event repeats every month.
Location: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/
Notes: Eternal Press is excited to announce seven sizzling new titles released this month. We invite you to join us for our launch party on the 7th over at our Reader’s email group. Here’s the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/

We’re partying all day so come chat with our authors; you might win some free stuff!

Writing what you know…

Any writer who has been around has heard this piece of advice. So, what does it really mean? Well, let’s explore…

Writing what you know can mean several things. First, there is writing what you have personally experienced. This does not necessarily mean writing your memoirs or a biography. This could mean basing a fiction story on your experiences or even writing a fiction story in a setting you know well.

This could also be taken to mean, know what you write. In other words, research, research, research. Make sure of the facts. Yes, there are still facts to be dealt with when writing fiction. Say you wanted to write a story about a mythological creature. Let’s say the unicorn. Well, we all know that there is a wealth of fables and mythologies about unicorns. So, if you wanted to write about them, first, you need to read about them. It’s that simple. Take notes as you read and keep your research organized either in your computer or in a file cabinet. This way, it is easy to double check while writing your story.

So, keep on writng and be sure to write what you know…or know what you write!

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