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Finding the Character’s Pain 0

… Pain and suffering also suggests your character has a basic flaw that leads them to more pain. A character weakness that they must hide or tackle in order to move the story forward. Allow the character to show they have the strength to overcome their weakness. The whole goal is to make the story move from scene to scene. The best way to do this is by finding the pain. [plain]What are your thoughts about character development? Post your comments below.[/plain] …
 

Second Writing: Proofreading and Editing Skills 0

… those in there to show you how I am editing and re-writing the story. Of course, I would appreciate your feedback too. [plain]Do you write like a whirlwind, or do you carefully consider each word? What are your thoughts on getting words on the page? Post your comments below.[/plain]   …
 

Character Introductions: Backstrom 0

Bones is one of my favorite police procedurals, although not as dark as the richly-disturbing Criminal Minds, with humor, well-written characters, and charm. Last night, Bones writer-producer Hart Hanson brought to life Detective Everett Backstrom, a Fox-TV series titled Backstrom based on a Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson. Backstrom has a bit of a House feel to it, with the lead character, played marvelously by Rainn Wilson (The Office), and full of wonderful writing. For instance, …
 

The False Ending 0

… Another excellent midpoint is to have the hero face ultimate disaster; the singing cowboy movies called this a cliffhanger. Finally, a midpoint should provide the ultimate obstacle in the story. What happens to give the antagonist the upper hand? What is the chink in our hero’s armor? Midpoints add conflict, which is the main reason anyone reads a novel or watches a movie; they want to see the hero defeat the antagonist. They want to see the hero survive the midpoint. [plain]How have you …
 

The Bedwell Curse 0

I am sure she really meant no harm when she said, “You will never be a writer.” The shock of the statement caused me to burn inside and I ached to prove her wrong. My sophomore English teacher failed to understand my punctuation and short sentences that often lacked complexity or my fascination with Tyburn poems. “Rat-a-tat-tat,” she would write on my papers. “Less poetry, more exposition,” she scrawled in big red letters. [plain]Rhyming Timing Quaffing …
 

On the Path from Small to Large 0

… margin notes. Each is carefully stacked next to the poems and dime-store mysteries. The free classics will find a home electronic and portable. Words stacked neatly alphabetical in my library virtual. I will sneak in some Steinbeck or Holmes. The rest will be donated for free. To give others pleasure or pain. The words will worm inward. To plant a seed. An inspirational spark. To think. Large. Copyright 2015, Michael S. Sommermeyer. All Rights Reserved. [plain]This shape poem works from one to …
 

The Devil Knows You’re There 1

Tom was stuck and hanging 100 feet above Fremont Street, angled like Superman, and tethered only to the narrow ribbon of wire in a harness. Unable to twist and look up at why he was stuck, he looked down at the street instead. A sea of tourists moved below him as if he was just another attraction. A small boy let go of a smiley-face balloon and started to cry. A bald dude stared at him in a peewee muscle shirt. A ragged homeless man bumped the crowd begging for a dollar. A topless brunette in a …