Writing Prompt: Characterization and Empathy

Writing Prompt: Imagine your protagonist looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist.  What details stand out that make your protagonist truly empathize with the other? In my current WIP, my heroine Ima DeCostas is a woman of mystery and dangerous secrets.  Her mistake? Falling for the wrong man. Ima discovers, far too late, that her […]

Entangled Publishing Pitch Event

For those interested in real-time exposure to editors, keep reading . . . Sharpen those pitches and bring them to Rockville8’s Entangled Publishing Pitch Event on Sunday, January 22. Next Sunday, Rockville8, at http://rockville8.blogspot.com,  will host a one-day pitch event. Six Entangled editors will take blog pitches for the following lines: Flirt (10k-15k words) Ever […]

Understanding Mental Illness for Fiction Writers: Schizophrenia Part II

Welcome back to Part II of our discussion on Schizophrenia.  In Part I, we defined the illness and how a real life person may present in a mental health clinic or hospital.  Today, the discussion will focus on how the illness is presented in film and other works of fiction. One of the great things […]

Writing Prompt: Dialogue and Characterization

Using dialogue only, write a scene between two people having an argument.  Do not allow either character to mention directly what they’re arguing about. “Hey, sweetie.” “Hey.” “Am I going to see you later?” “Sure.” “Well, when?  I was hoping we could check out that new movie.” “Oh, yeah? What time does it start?” “Around […]

Understanding Mental Illness for Fiction Writers: Schizophrenia, Part I

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help […]