around the store, so I haven't had much time for research. We don't have online access at home so I've been reading two books. I'm almost done with Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing. I'm really impressed with this book and feel I'm coming away with a lot of great information. Some of which I'm contemplating working into my writing schedule. One thing I learned is that the more you write the better you get and until I got to the essay Zen and the Art of Writing, I hadn't really thought about the fact that practice makes perfect. He says write 52 essays a year and soon you'll have pieces you can submit. I know there isn't anything that I'm good at that didn't required repeat attempts. So why should I think my writing would be perfect right from the start. Anyway, I really like the idea that he says not to look at the money, but to enjoy the writing. The money will come when the writing deserves it and it'll be a great benefit of the fun. So I'm going to keep writing for fun.
I'm also working with the book 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. It's really interesting. If you remember, shortly after starting this blog I posted the characteristics I try to discover about my characters. This book brought out some questions I hadn't considered so I've added to my list the ones I felt were relevant. I really like the way this book is set up with the many archetypes. I learned more about Kate and how to make sure she stays true to the character she's become over the years of working on Second Chances. I'll explain more about archetypes and how I used this book to round out Kate's character. I've started on Theodore's as well and he'll be giving us some insights in the future as well.
Since my husband is gone I've been spending the evenings reading through the various archetypes and have totally finished my characterization of Kate. There are a few small things I haven't learned, but I'm sure she'll tell me when they're needed. I also had a talk with her this weekend and she told me about her childhood, loss of her sister and how she met David. This information is posted or will be posted at our facebook page for Second Chances. As soon as the cover for the book is done, Tori is working on it, I'll start a blog for Second Chances and put the materials about the characters and the trilogy there as well. My author website will be up and running soon too. Check back for details.
Happy learning, bringing your characters to life and have fun writing.