The third part of the series: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS is now available. You can join in at any time with the Words of Love as all the parts will be available at my site: or at the Night Writers blog:

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Here you are sitting in your cubby, poised over the keyboard or with pencil in hand; Sassy and Grant are staring at you from that fabulous setting…waiting. That’s right your main characters are waiting for you. They are ready to expose all if you are ready.

I can hear you saying, hmm, Jewel’s lost her cookies, but I haven’t, not yet. You see--you need to open those eyes right now and visualize your novel pages.

All the insight you are going to begin to feel, sense and see must come to you through your characters. They are the way all and see all of the story. You need to forget what you think and allow yourself to see the story through the eyes and senses of the people in the story.

You may be asking how can I do this? You see, you are going to write a story about these characters and unless you see it play out through their thoughts, sight, perception, and feelings, you will only be telling not showing. Yes, the old adage, show don’t tell. Well, it is true, writers need to paint the picture right down to the finest detail and all the while make it appear effortless.

So, how can you do this?...