Snow (Writing) Lessons: Part Two

I’m pretty sure I live in Georgia. But I’m wondering if I’ve slipped into some alternate universe. I mean, there’s STILL a couple inches of snow on the ground and brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside. So, I bundled up to take a little trek, seeing as how I’m stuck in this freezing universe at the moment.

It wasn’t horrible, I suppose. I dressed in layers. That’s the trick. Which brings me to Snow Writing Lesson, Part II: Layers.

Without layers, I can step outside for the journey, but I won’t get far before I give up. Better to be prepared for the adventure. Pull on that thermal shirt, and then a flannel shirt, and then the toasty, knitted scarf, and finally my extra-thick, winter coat. Maybe even that goofy stocking cap. All those layers make a difference.

What about your adventurous novel? Or your short trek of a story? Have you added all the layers you need to make the difference between a richly woven, complex tale or a one-dimensional, static fizzle-out? You might want to start with your characters.

Characters can add a ton of texture. Multi-dimensional characters are interesting, believable, and keep the reader hooked. Flat characters, not so much. You might want to check out Darcy Pattison’s Checklist of 17 Character Qualities (and maybe even the related posts.) I heard Darcy speak at a conference; she’s a pretty multi-dimensional character herself.

Or take a look at the Character Workshop offered by Holly Lisle. Lots of interesting story paths to consider when answering those questions.

Bottom line: Bundle up your writing in warm layers. Then, your readers will follow your story anywhere. (Um, maybe not into some freezing alternate universe where it’s crazy cold like Georgia. But that could just be me.)

9 thoughts on “Snow (Writing) Lessons: Part Two

  1. Brr, it could be worse. My friends in Boston have 12 inches on the ground and expecting 15 more. Lock me away if that ever happens here! Who would have ever thought you guys would have snow? Brr with it and wait for spring. thanks for the writing tips, by the way.

  2. Tanya, you said that as if I would get in a bathing suit…:-)Linda, I KNOW. It's so crazy and so much worse in the northeast!But as long as there's power, snow makes for good writing tips. 🙂

  3. Hi Cathy,Your advice and links are really cool–errr make that hot–sorry for the poor choice of words.It's ccccooooold here in Missouri, too, but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, so life is good.Donna

  4. Oh, I'm just thankful I have a warm house! Donna, I hope it warms up soon for you! And Kathy, you're right-the ice is a problem but tomorrow should be better.Hope those links make your characters warm and cozy! 😉

  5. Good links, girl! Man I have cabin fever!!!! I've ventured out on my front walkway but not down the stairs in 5 days. I'm thinking I might get someone to take me to the grocery store today!

  6. Are they wearing little Falcons sweatshirts, Madeline? I know I am. :-)Gail, you must be going crazy! To be honest, I work at home so this week has been kinda same old, same old for me. Well, except for the sledding down my street and the Beneficent Mr. Hall bulking up as if he's preparing for hibernation. 🙂

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