Removing the Cliché from Your Characters

Guest Posting today is Jennifer Slattery

Author Jennifer SlatteryEvery first draft I write seems to be crammed with cliché characters. The Sunday school teacher with silver hair pulled back in a bun. The buff and burly loan shark. The alcoholic husband who burps and slurps and does all sorts of other crude things unfit to share in a blog post.

With four novels in print and two manuscripts in waiting, I’ve learned how to create strong yet unique characters—in drafts two through eight. This includes allowing ugly into the first draft, swapping the expected for the unexpected, and delving deeper into the human psyche. [Read more…]

Ready for Repurposing?

The Repurposed and Upcylced Life

My life is a good example of what my guest Michelle Rayburn has to share today. We all have bad experiences and hurts in our lives. Whether we allow God to work in, through, and with them is up to us.

At the age of 42 I started life over. And piece by piece God has created a new me. I use my skill as a writer to encourage and teach other writers so they in turn can share what God has done in their lives and shine the light of God into a dark world. Are you …

Ready for Repurposing? by Michelle Rayburn

I love trash to treasure and shabby chic decorating. In the decorating world, I would describe repurposing as the process of giving a worn out or abandoned object a new purpose—usually something imaginative and clever—despite it being too broken for its original use. One of my favorite repurposed possessions is the vintage bicycle I have in my flowerbed. The tires are flat and the gears shot, but it holds a basket of flowers in its rusty “arms” and the whimsical presence makes me smile. [Read more…]

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