Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author

Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author
Welcome to my blog—a writer's musings on characters, stories, and life

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Character Sketch

Meet Dodger, aka "Dodge." His name is an alias, and so is his life. He lives in a world without memories. His life before is just a shadow. He doesn't know who he is or where he comes from. Kate says he is her "guardian angel" but disturbing dreams and visions have him wondering if he even wants to remember…

Web of Time: When Shadows Gather — Elizabeth D. Marie

I first met Dodge in a band of misfits hiding in the desert in Web of Time #2. I didn't know who he was anymore than he did, and he really didn't strike me as a man to attract attention. I didn't intend to draw him out or ask him questions. He did that for himself. He was quiet and distant, but he made his presence unavoidable just the same.

I'm glad he is a determined character or his story may never have seen the light of day. As I tell his story, I hope you will join me in his desperate search to know the truth of his past, and the man beneath the alias.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Trouble with Perfectionists

One problem writers can struggle with is our inner drive for perfectionism. We are our own worst critics. Sometimes this perfectionism can be a good thing, and sometimes it can actually be damaging to our writing. Mainly because we will never get anything done. That is why there is an editing stage. If we can't learn to let go and just write, we could spend weeks on just one paragraph and never accomplish completing the story itself.

Sure, there is always room for improvement and that will come. But how can you perfect something that hasn't even been written first?

It can be a battle of wills for the perfectionist to look at a scene that just didn't come out the way we wanted it to, and be able to force ourselves to keep writing past it. Finish the story. Fix it later. Don't dwell on it. Often, the answer comes when we learn to move past it. Otherwise, we can waste hours agonizing over one paragraph in a million others that make up the whole of the story.



I know it's not always easy. This is often one of my most difficult feats. If you want to learn how to write a novel in one month like in NaNoWriMo, learn to get past the nagging need for perfectionism.