If we were having a nice cup of coffee, I would be saying, “Wow, between wandering, working and writing, I haven’t had much time to stop and blog.” I have to tell you that I’ve started a new job, done a bit of weekend wandering and entered a short story contest at our local senior center writing club. The group has two published authors in regular attendance so I don’t feel too bad that my work came in fourth. Realizing my manners, I would quickly offer a beverage of your choice, hot or iced. Thus begins the Weekend Coffee Share busy edition.
I hope things are going well with you and yours. What projects are you working? Any new and interesting developments? Me? Well, I’m still chipping away at my book, Forging Character. I have another in the “thought stage.” The new book is a work of science fiction. I may blog a bit about when I have more than a couple of pages of notes. Working the new job of course is a huge time consumer. I have a lot to learn and some really great opportunities. What’s going on with you? Is there anything that I can do to help?
Speaking of everything that is going on, what do you want to see more of from this blog? I have many interests, hobbies and thoughts. All of which I am happy to share, but if no one really cares, then I have other activities that I can purse. What do you want to see here?
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Shawn Griffith, author of Do your characters have character.
Today we bring you a guest post from one of our newer blogging friends, Shawn Griffith. Shawn runs a blog called Down Home Thoughts, and his site is packed with old-fashioned wit and wisdom. He’s on WriteOnSisters to talk about character, a topic near and dear to his heart. In fact he’s conducting a survey on character over at his blog. Make sure you head over there next and lend him your own down home thoughts on what character means to you.
When outlining your main characters, you think about their purpose in the story, you contemplate various names, physical traits, habits, etc., but do you think about their character? By character, I mean those traits that make up how an individual, in this case, your character, reacts to the ups and downs that life (or an author) throws at them. Traits like the ones described in the Knight’s Chivalric Code; honesty, self-discipline, courage, justice, mercy, generosity, faith, nobility, and hope are great examples. Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics is also an example of a fictional code. The First Law states that “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” What kind of character do your characters have?
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What a busy week. Let’s sit down and have a chat over coffee or tea or whatever your favorite beverage is. How was your week? Sorry I missed the weekend coffee share last weekend. My lovely wife and I were on a six state road trip where we hit five more state capitals. Photos of the capitol buildings should get updated next week. The week itself was a little busy. I found some code that adds the Follow Blog button back on the website and wrote a note about that.
Weekend Coffee Share You can sleep when you’re dead.
The blog’s security got an upgrade, so if you see or experience any oddities, please let me know. I wrote a little about that adventure. Traffic is slowly creeping back up to BHG (Before Host Gator) levels. (WARNING: Shameless begging follows) If you find the opportunity to mention Down Home Thoughts in a post or a comment, I would greatly appreciate it. There are a few original followers that have not “found me” after the move. I hope your week is going the way you had planned, or at least reasonably close. There was a nice article on getting motivated, if you missed it.
The Grand Experiment
My lovely bride and I have gotten up Oh Dark Thirty and going for a two-mile walk every weekday morning for the last two weeks. This is an experiment to see how hard it is for us to establish a new habit. Make it stop! Seriously I think the 3rd and 4th days were the worst. Thank goodness for weekends! We sleep in for a while before our walk, but we still walk. This is part research for the character book and part being healthier. Speaking of the character book, it’s over half done! If you have not taken the survey on “What’s important to you?” please follow the link and take it. If you have thank you and please share it with your friends. The survey will be closing late on June 15th.
There is a guest blog coming out Sunday at Write on Sisters. It has a bit different spin on character development. Stop and visit the Write on Sisters Sunday and please leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about the post. The Write on Sisters have many great articles on writing character development and many other aspects of writing. It has become one of my favorite go to blogs for writing information and inspiration. Robin and Heather have a great writing style. They are friendly and easy to work with on guest blogging articles. That being said, they are also brutally honest about your writing, which I think is great. I’m a new writer and as such lack a certain polish that their readers have come to expect. The edits and suggestions they made for my upcoming article were very helpful and made my writing better.
Thanks For Improving My Writing
Thank you ladies! You have given me a great deal of food for thought. As I continue my writing development journey, I look forward to your writing posts. Thank you for providing the opportunity to share my thoughts with your readers. I wish you continued success and happiness in your journey through life. I know because of your kindness and willingness to help, that you will go far.