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Wednesday Writing - Brainstorming Your Ideas

(Formerly a FFQ Article) Most fledgling writers believe that the process of writing includes an inspirational moment where an idea strikes and … poof, the story comes to fruition in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Yes, we as writers will sometimes get an inspirational moment where an idea comes to us and it’s better than sliced bread. However, it doesn't come to us as a full story, nor does it come to us as a fully fleshed out idea. The best thing to do is to get the idea down on paper/word processor. Come back to it later to begin the process of turning it into a workable notion. OK, you've got the spark of a story, the most basic notion of what your story is going to be. Now what? Brainstorming is a great way to get the plot and story arc worked. And, this doesn't have to be a solitary construct. Lot’s of people brainstorm with a group to help figure out what works, what doesn't work, and interesting concepts that the you or I wouldn


(Formerly a FFQ Article) Anti-heroes provide an alternative to the run of the mill heroes in fiction. While your typical hero grows and changes throughout the course of the story, anti-heroes are flawed, and the flaws are usually permanent within the story. Anti-heroes are usually defined by their flaws while the typical hero must overcome their flaws. The anti-hero provides a hero that can overcome obstacles in their story by means that would typically demean or lower the status of a regular hero. It allows the anti-hero to straddle the line that separates the light from the darkside. Riddick, in the movie Pitch Black , is a perfect example of an anti-hero. An imperfect hero is always more interesting, add the hero that has a far more loose moral compass, and you have a hero that possibly has no barriers to prevent him from succeeding. Anti-heroes are always more fun.

Friday 5 - FFQ/FFM Interviews Reposted

1.  John Lenahan John Lenahan began his career as a magician before tipping his hand into the writing arena. His series, Shadowmagic, has shown increasing popularity. John’s use of the Celtic myths, legends, and heroes is imaginative and fun for readers of all ages. I had the opportunity to interview John. [FFQ] Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m an American, with an Irish passport, living in London who as I write is currently on a cruise ship in the Bay of Bengal 500 nautical miles from Thailand. Writing isn't (yet) my day job.  My day job is entertaining.  I’m a magician/comedian and these days do a lot of work on cruise liners.  It’s a great job if you are a writer.  They cook and clean for you, the phone never rings and I only work two nights a week.  Yes it is as good as it sounds. I've made it into my fifth decade without ever going bankrupt and I have a 21 year old son whose name you will find in the dedication page of my