When in Rome, don’t use the toilets

I have homework I’m not motivated to do.  It’s almost bedtime so I can’t really get into serious writing.  So I’m blogging.  Yes, some may argue with the “serious writing” thing and blogging.  I’m too tired to get into it.

However, I had a good friend tell me he was going to publish his LTUE notes on his writing blog.  Not all at once of course, talk about brain dump overload.  I decided this was a good idea and so I am stealing it, sort of.  I’m going to read through my notes and share the highlights and insights.  Let’s face it, no panel is a non-stop treasure trove of brilliance.

My first class of conference was called Complex Narratives and the first point that I want to share is this:  a complex narrative can be created by simply repeating a simple formula with multiple characters.  Just remember that each character does not need to be in the part of the formula at the same time and some characters will linger in one part while others will linger in another.  The formula may not even start for one character until half way through the book.  But applying the formula will give you something to work with and create depth in your characters.  Depth makes readers care.  Caring readers send you hate mail when you kill off a character.  You know you’ve done it right if you can see the tear stains on the hate mail.

This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*


About markminson

Mark Minson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys playing games with his wife and five kids. He loves to sing and can often be found whistling as he walks. An avid shoe-wearer, you might run into him strolling down memory lane -- either his or somebody else’s. He brings humor to life through his many accents and movie quotes. He found his magic long ago, in a high school far, far away and now happily shares it with you. May you find your magic and share it with others.
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