Using People You Know

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! :)

Assignment time-Use it , Don't abuse it ..use LJ cuts where necessary!

Useful Sources of Ideas

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...

What is your answers to these?

Thanks irisheyes77!!! Respond as comments.

1. Packrat or minimalist? Minimalist all the way!

2. Computer: desktop or laptop? Desktop

3. Seashore or mountains? Mountains

4. Carpeting or bare floors? wooden bare floors

5. Drinking water: bottled or tap? Bottle Water

6. Shopping websites: eBay or Amazon? Amazon

7. Cute little kitties or big scary tigers? both

8. Front door or back door? Front door

9. Lots of jewelry, or little/none? Little

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 :) 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 :)

(no subject)

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
why is this world so cruel?

written age 17....after...something bad...

Young Headstone

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...

leaving questions

(no subject)

A man sits alone in an
old tattered cardboard box
the only thing he has to
show for his life

A woman sits alone in her
fancy condo with many
trinkets she's collected
during her life.

He thinks he has nothing

She knows she has shown

But, The two of them unite as one

Building a future
for them and the
rest of the

Hell Motel

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

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

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.


Tyger-William Blake

Tyger ! Tyger !
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze thy fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And why thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors grasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake.

Haiku Poetry--Give it a try... I did....and still am ! :)

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.

Delicate Sun
Floating Upon the water
Spring is beginning