characterization, novel, this is how I write, work in progress

True North and The Korean Drama: Lessons in Romance Writing

Allow me to explain: The plaid-covered hottie featured above is Lee Dong-Wook, best known to K-drama fans as Grim Reaper on Goblin. As you can see, Dong-Wook is a snack-and-a-half, though not nearly as dish-worthy as he is in his black-and-white Reaper wardrobe. (I mentioned on Twitter that I now know how fangirls feel when they see pictures of Tom Hiddleston…

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about me, books, characterization, NaNoWriMo, novel, this is how I write

The Road to NaNoWriMo 2016: Building Characters

One of the weaknesses that I’ve noticed in my writing comes from characterization: judging from the reviews that I’ve gotten for my books, it seems as if my characters don’t seem to fall in line with the other beats of the story. I understand where this is coming from–in a way, it’s a leftover from my days as a pantser–but…

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characterization, rants, writing

Pick and Choose

This post is brought to you by Love Is Not A Triangle, a blog for readers who don’t like love triangles. I had the chance to think closely on what I said about the love triangle trope in last month’s book review round-up, and why I’ve been tolerant about them in the past. Yes, it does seem like the ultimate…

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characterization, crushes of yore, screenplay

Today’s Dispatch: Once Again, Crushes of Yore

This post is brought to you by the movie Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel… and THIS GUY. Screencap from The Daily Beast.  Look, I know what you are all thinking: Several entries ago I already “ruled out” Michael Stuhlbarg for the “role” of Adam in my screenplay, partly because he didn’t seem…

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characterization, grunge, screenplay, this is how I write, work in progress

The Great Big Jump Presents: Right Here, Right Now – The Casting Notes

Yes, I know, I write too much about writing, but sometimes it cannot be helped. Here’s another glimpse of the thought process I’m going through while writing Right Here, Right Now; after this, I promise to shut up and move on to my other work. For best results, read this after going through the Excerpt of the Week. —- First things first:…

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Updates: Guest Blogs, Screenplay Shifts, and Novel Goodness

This post was brought to you by Daniel Matsunaga. Part Brazilian, part Japanese, has appeared on numerous advertisements, and very much single. Way too skinny in person, though; the camera does add 10 pounds after all. (Photo credit: me.) Okay, now that I’ve gotten your attention, here are a few updates on what I’ve been doing, writing-wise (and not counting…

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