Getting to Know Your Characters

I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with my WIP for the past 4 or 5 years. I can’t hardly believe it’s been that long!  I now see why it takes some authors Years to write a novel.

I’ve let myself get bogged down in the details.  I’ve struggled too long to try and create an interesting back story for my protagonist.  I’ve discovered that I wasn’t letting HER tell me who she was.

With just the heart of the story in mind, I sat down and just let the words flow.  I know where she will end up eventually, at the climax of the story.  But in the meantime, I’m getting to know her.

This story just begs to be told.  I guess that’s why I keep coming back to it again and again.

Relaxing and just letting the words flow without any real background to worry about has been so freeing!!  I’m starting to see small bits and pieces of this woman’s background.  Just as we get to know a person’s history in real life, my character is beginning to reveal herself a little at a time.

In the past, I never knew that she loved to sketch and draw.  I also didn’t know that she had a college sweetheart.  Tiny fragments that help build and develop this person into something, that hopefully, my readers will connect with and cheer for.

THIS is the way writing should be.  It doesn’t happen often enough, but when it does, it’s pure magic.

Let the story go where it needs to go.  Let the characters develop their own life!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson





You Can’t Make a Plan on “What If”

You can’t plan your life on “what if’s“.

This is the first time in my life that I’m looking out and planning my life for me.

If you are in a committed relationship, there are always compromises.  As it should be.  I get that.  But I have spent way too much of my life focusing on the what if’s.  I’ll give you some examples so that you understand what I mean.

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R – Reflection


R – Reflection

The last few years have given me reason to pause and reflect on my life and the direction I’m headed.  My life is SO different now than what it was just a few years ago.  In a good way.

I’m also getting older, which certainly beats the alternative!  This has made me think about my future as well.

Man, I never thought I would live this long!  Like they say, I would have taken better care of myself!  I’m pretty lucky in that regard.  I’m in very good health.  A few aches & pains.  But we all have those, right?

For the first time in my life, I am putting my future needs number 1.  I think that in the past, I had a “what will be will be” kind of outlook.   Now, I realize that I have the ability to make a positive difference in my future.

So I’m getting my ducks in a row.  It will take a couple of years, to get where I need to be.  It feels really good to have a Direction, an Outline, a Path!!