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Things NaNo has taught me…

  1. I am a plotter. If I think about my story and characters ahead of time, use one of the many plotting methods out there and complete it before I start, I do not get “stuck”. The story flows really well.
  2. I cannot complete a book in one draft. I am more of a four-draft person. I think I have to write the whole book to really even understand the story. Then I can go back and layer the emotions and motivations back in. One more draft to polish and tighten and the last one, I’ll put away and come back to later to clean up the errors I missed the first three times.
  3. I can write an entire Harlequin length novel in 30 days during my regular writing time, while also focusing on my Golden Heart entry and doing regular family things. If I were to put my entire life on hold, I could write it in half the time. Or less.
  4. It’s ok if it’s not perfect the first time. Getting it down on the screen in the critical part. I gave myself permission to write something not so great just to get the words out. This is big for me because I’m such a perfectionist.

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Australia Character Study

We just finished watching the movie Australia and I was so impressed with the character development.  The villain in particular struck me as very well drawn. 

Fletcher wasn’t trying to steal Lady Ashley’s land; he wanted to pay fair market value.

He didn’t want the land just because; It was a part of his heritage.  He was a third generation rancher.

His hatred of Nullah stemmed from his inability to deal with his own weaknesses.  Additionally, he had been raised to believe the half and half people were inferior. 

He never came right out and threatened Lady Ashley.  His comments were much more sinister and full of innuendo, such as noting the spear collection on the fireplace and saying “Oh, look.  One is missing.”  The missing one had been used to kill her husband so the intent was clear.  Fletcher would either kill her too or implicate her in the murder instead.   This makes his threats much more believable and scary.

His obvious love for Cathy is what puts him over the edge.  I would not have expected him to truly care for his wife, but I believed it because he had me convinced he wasn’t completely evil.  Then deciding the “creamy” had cursed him was brilliant and fitting in his character, as well as the cultural norms.

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Can I be a writer without a pseudonym?

I have been wondering what it means for my future as a writer that my screen name for online communities is always my name. Why can’t I be more creative than kkw or katrinawilliams? Even my email address is katrinakwilliams. I tell myself it’s because I like to maintain professionalism. Also because the first thing I usually think of is too…personal. I don’t want all those cyber-strangers to know intimate things about me the second they view my screen name. You have to wonder about someone who thinks likes_big_butts doesn’t cause others to make snap judgements. And would those judgements even be wrong? Then there are the times I actually think, “This time, I’m gonna go for it. Figure out the most deeply rooted part of myself and put it out there.” Only to find I’ll have to be stargazer12564 because its just not such an original part. My name turns out to be the best identity I’ve got. And I spent most of my life not liking my name. The hurricane did not help, BTW. Now what am I going to do if a publisher wants me to write under a pseudonym? Any suggestions on a good pen name? I’m sure I’ll be scouring the phone books looking for something, anything to define not only myself, but my career. Oh, the pressure…

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