All posts tagged: character driven plot

Write on, Wednesday: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Talks about Character-Driven Plot

By Leslie Lindsay Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, a Spanish writer, depicted with the tools of the trade. (image retrieved fromWikipedia, 5.30.12) I will admit that I am not one to fall in love with a romance novel.  It’s not that I don’t like romance–I do, it’s just that I would rather be the heroine than read about her.  Who wouldn’t, right?  But, I can appreciate a good writer when I see one…or know one…or take one of her workshops at a conference.  Which is exactly what I did about a month ago. Susan Elizabeth Phillips may be tiny, but she is big on ideas and big on being sassy.  I mean that in a good way, SEP.  She has a wit about her that is infectious.  And if you have ever read her books, you will soon come to realize that she talks just like her characters–razor-sharp, funny, and a little saucy.  She had us in stitches several times with her personal stories.  And stories, are after all, what makes us write. In “Drawing Plot …

Write On, Wednesday: Knuckle Cracking and Time

By Leslie Lindsay So, I just got back from this writing conference.  Let me tell you, writing is so much more than cracking your knuckles and sitting down to your keyboard, coffee cup nearby and a blank slate on which to pound out the world’s best novel.  Oh, no! Here’s a quote from a session I attended:  “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”  Yep. I am still trying to get my bearings after being back.  It’s overwhelming in a sense.  You take a step out of your “real life” and surround yourself in the throes of writers and the writing life and it all becomes a little bit…well, suffocating.  But I say that in a good way.  You eat, breathe, and sleep writing.  Really.  I dreamed about all of the crazy interactions I had over the course of the two days I attended the conference.  Lunch and dinner is with the same group of people.  The topic of conversation:  why writing, of course! My totebag is full of notes, goodies, and loads of free books …