Author: Redfinding

And Sharing Dark is Hard

And Sharing Dark is Hard

Continuation of last week’s post.  In one of the first versions of the story I wrote about in last week’s blog, the kidnapper had an addiction to porn. This was in one of the very early stages, where the protagonist was still a Christian me who helped him change his life for the better. The …

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I Write Dark

I Write Dark

In the post Evolution of a Story, I detailed the transformation of a plot from a dream. Those changes all happened in a relatively short period of time and show more about how one certain plot changed than how I have changed as a writer over time. To see my transformation over time, it’s better …

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Same Old Story, With New Twists

Same Old Story, With New Twists

I like werewolf stories, even though most of them are predictable. At the end, the shy girl and the big bad alpha will be in love and whatever enemies from the dark past will be vanquished. It’s the same plot, over and over, with practically no end in sight. Yet, it’s still entertaining. In writing …

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Little Hints, Big Surprises

Little Hints, Big Surprises

One of my favorite plot tools is foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is a warning or indication of something that will take place in the future. In my experience, the most common example of this plot tool in use is the existence of prophecies within a story. Prophecies also give the character they refer to the “chosen one” …

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Finch’s Thoughts

Finch’s Thoughts

My favorite book to write so far has been A Curious Mask, the one I am currently editing in hopes of getting it published soon. Whilst reading through it, I noticed something that I did that in hindsight, I’m very proud of. Throughout the book, we see into the main character’s thoughts. His name is Finch, …

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The First Draft

The First Draft

A scene in A Curious Mask was bugging me, so I decided to rewrite it. In the original scene, Finch and Rianna were forced together on a raft on the underground river of Montevia. The underground river is the capital’s main source of water, since it’s built into a mountain and surrounded by dry savanna. I decided …

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Coloring Breaks

Coloring Breaks

One test taking tip that I really liked using in school was reading a question thoroughly and then if I didn’t understand it, I would skip it. I was told that this gives the question to the subconscious, which works on it in the background until you go back to it. This helped me with …

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Music

Music

Most of the time, I listen to music as I’m writing. One part of my brain likes to sing along with the song whilst the other part is typing the words I am thinking. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to the rock artist Shinedown. It’s a great life hack for me because it helps …

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Evolution of a Story

Evolution of a Story

On Wednesday night, my husband and I both had fitful sleep and kept waking each other up. For once, I’m actually grateful for fitful sleep, because it helped me remember the dream I was having. The dream was so great, I decided that it was going to become the plot of a book. Here is …

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For Whom do I Write?

For Whom do I Write?

I create stories first and foremost for my own entertainment. They help me go to sleep and give me something to think about when I’m staring off into space. I write them down so I can remember them and enjoy them later. The second person I write for is the reader. This is why I …

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