But I thought I'd take a short time-out and share a few things I've been picking up in my warp wake recently that might just be of some interest.
As part of my Rhetoric of Social Media class (about which you can read on my class blog, Media(ry)), I've been responsible for getting more familiar with Twitter. And I'm kinda liking it! There are some interesting writerly types out there and I'm liking the idea of microblogging. If you want to keep up more closely with what I'm currently working on, follow me @electricdidact.
Via Twitter, I discovered Aidan Moher's e-zine/blog A Dribble of Ink with fiction cover art, book reviews, and other articles with contributed content also. It's a beautiful little publication and I'd highly recommend it to writers and readers alike.
As I wrote about fairly recently, Writing Excuses has framed this year's season as a genre-fiction master class, and episode 5, titled "What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?" is a really really helpful discussion about what makes characters boring or interesting.
I'll let you listen to the 15-minute podcast yourself (you should), but it boils down to a couple simple rules of thumb:
- A character needs to have a stake in the story (i.e., he/she/it should desire something).
- A character needs to be held accountable in the story (i.e., there need to be consequences for fulfilling/not fulfilling that desire).
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.