Many scripts have been written with a particular actor (or at least their screen/ stage persona) in mind. The obvious drawback is that if your character is recognizable as a real person, you leave yourself open to litigation. This might occur because the real person feels you have invaded their privacy or even slandered them. It is worth noting that we never know anyone as well as ourselves, so throughout the course of your story, no matter how well you think you know that person, there will be blanks to fill in. The potential to cause offence is enormous. If you feel you must use a real person as a template, it is safer to incorporate traits from additional people so that you have a composite. And above all, make sure real names are changed.
Creating and Developing a Character from Scratch
This is the best option. Get to know your characters, everything about them. Their pasts, family, occupations, hobbies, upbringing, physical appearance and so forth. You may never use a quarter of the information you have generated but your characters will be more three dimensional and credible for it.
Break them at your peril. Don't give minor characters names unless it is necessary to the story. This is particularly applicable to short stories, in which there is little enough time to develop the main characters let alone supporting ones. Short stories should have no more than three main characters. More than this and readers may become confused or fail to develop the emotional response to the characters. Be clear in your own mind when writing the story of the varying relationships between the main characters. For example, how does a interact with b in c's presence/ absence, b with c in a's presence/ absence and so forth. Try to ensure each character has a function. Don't be tempted to add one to pad out a story. Be clear on their roles within the story. If you're confused, it's a safe bet your readers will feel the same. Make them believable, give them dimension. Readers are willing to suspend their disbelief when it comes to plot, provided the characters are credible. A great plot is nothing if the people within the story are cutouts or caricatures. Above all, make your characters behave in a consistent fashion whatever happens to them. Characters tend to take on a life of their own some time into a story. You need to know when they say or do something 'out-of-character'. Of course, at certain times you may wish this to happen, in which case make it clear to the reader that they are acting 'out-of-character' for a reason, not simply because you've lost control of them. The more interesting characters tend to be flawed. Telling a lie is always a useful flaw. The main characters should develop during the story although this personal growth is necessarily limited with short stories. Make sure you know which characters you want the readers to like. You must develop an empathy for these characters in the early stages of the story. Equally, ensure your villains are hateful especially if they have a nasty comeuppance in store. Establish the identity of the hero(ine) of your story. These characters usually undergo the most change.
Submit these as an entry....entries due May 31st w/the other assignment. Give you some time to work on them. Can't wait to see what you all have in mind! :)
Ideas are everywhere. Some of them come naturally but it's worth knowing where to look for that extra piece of inspiration. Newspapers - especially the news-in-brief columns Magazines - especially letters to the editor or agony aunts Other people's conversations - eavesdrop shamelessly Other stories - remember, there's no copyright on an idea, just the finished product. That said, don't go 'borrowing' characters or large wads of print from other people's work. Jokes - most of them are mini stories in themselves
Making the Most of an Idea Once something catches your fancy, interrogate it. For example, if you see a young girl running for the bus in the rain, ask yourself plenty of why's. Why is she running, why is she catching a bus, why does she look sad/ angry/ happy, why doesn't she have an umbrella, why is she carrying a suitcase, why is she alone? Then you can go on to ask yourself; Who is she? Where is she from and where is she going? What is she planning to do once she gets there? Approach the idea from all perspectives and let your imagination run riot with the what ifs...
With all this in mind.....use one of these ideas and write something from it...Newspaper article you read you can write a poem from it, or a short editorial. Use your imagination by using one of the suggestions above.
Submissions due by May 31st. You have some time. :) Start getting cracking on writing and have fun...
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: At the last minute, you obtain tickets to an event you're dying to attend. However, you have to work that day! Do you ask the boss for the time off, or just call in sick? Depends on my boss ....lol :) no seriously, I would call in and tell her I obtained some tickets to that event and I couldn't work that day. If she told me no, I probably would wind up going to work... :( putz~! LOL :)
my tears filled with mental anguish see the hurt in this babarous world they fall onto the bloody mess beneathe my swollen feet Bugs crawl all over my heart as I try to hold myself together i shake at the thought that another human being could do this to me My tears flow thick as blood solemnly down my flooded face and I think to myself with wonder why is this world so cruel?
As I stand at this headstone and stare at the words inscribed I wonder why Why was your life taken from you so early Why did your killer show no remorse? and why did the one person who Loved you never even show up for your funeral I leave the single red rose on the newly soiled ground wipe the single tear from my eye and walk away feeling the spiritual wind upon my face...
I wrote this a few years ago, when Shannon and I became w/o a place to live and had to be in a pay by the week motel. We weren't getting nowhere with saving money because we needed to pay to live there. It sucked. But, We got thru it. We always get thru everything. :) Hell Motel Sitting here painting my toenails black listening to Pink Floyd and praying for a prayer to be answered
All there are is lunatics around us
There's a momma's boy who has a high technical degree yet he can't figure out why his Ford leaks.
Then there's a guy on house arrest with a girlfriend only 16 years old who's cheating on him in Flora Park with an old boyfriend.
We're having a bad case of luck that's called hell in a motel
So, I sit and wait and pray for an answer away out of hell just me, My husband and a life to live.
Haiku is a small poetry with oriental metric that appeared in the XVI century and is being very popular mainly in Japan. It's been disseminating in all around the world during this century. It have an old and long story that reminds the spiritualist philosophy and the Taoist simbolism of the oriental mistics and Zen-Buddhist masters who express much of their thoughts in form of miths, simbols, paradoxes and poetic images like the Haiku. It's done to transcend the limitation imposed by the usual language and the linear/scientific thinking that treat the nature and the human being as a machine. It's a contemplative poetry that valorizes nature, color, season, contrasts and surprises. Usually it has 3 lines and 17 syllabes distributed in 5, 7 and 5. It must register or indicate a moment, sensation, impression or drama of a specific fact of nature. It's almost like a photo of some specific moment of nature.
More than inspiration, it's need meditation, effort and perception to compose a real Haiku.
Example Delicate Sun Floating Upon the water Spring is beginning