I hope you take up your pen and write along with me, even if you only have 15 minutes!
This week I started out by creating a Heroine Frame for the main character from last week’s Write With Me. A Heroine Frame is a one-page character building method I teach in How to Be the Heroine of Your Own Story. It really helped me to understand this character and the people around her. If you’re enrolled in the course, I’ve shared pictures of the completed Frame in the forum. If not, you can still read the finished story here.
I worked on character building until 22:26, then I took some time out to develop the plot (and decorate the cover), and came back the next day (with coffee) to do some writing until the end of the session.
I’m also putting my washi tape collection to good use, as you can see. ;)
We’re accustomed to seeing elaborate maps of fantasy worlds in books, but the plan of a single building or room can tell you just as much about how a character lives and about their world as a whole. Or about how you used to live, when you look back on your journal a few years from now!
Spend some time to fill in this worksheet and consider what your home reveals about you or your character.
Imitation is the way to learn anything. Copy out a passage from an author you love on the left-hand side of this worksheet, and try to imitate their style on the right-hand side. Use the sidebar to make notes on vocabulary and syntax that you notice the author using, and look for patterns.
Consider, for example…
Their use of adjectives
Their use of adverbs
Their use of conjunctions
The way they start their sentences
Their word choice
The length of their sentences
The length of their words
Their use of punctuation
Their use of tense
How they develop…
How they transition between…
You may also like to annotate the original text by highlighting or colour-coding the elements that interest you.