by Lillian Csernica on April 2, 2014
Today I have for you a bouquet of flowers constructed entirely from Belgian chocolate:
When faced with a choice between flowers and candy, why not go for both? Better yet, throw another favorite into the mix!
There is, of course, the more conventional approach that is no less delightful for the chocolate lover:
For your next celebration or “sweet occasion,” a chocolate bouquet might be a fresh new delight!
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by Lillian Csernica on April 2, 2013
B is f or Back Story
The back story is everything that has happened to your main character leading up to the story you want to tell. Many writers believe that the more you know about your main character’s back story, the better you’ll be able to show him or her on the page. Spend all that time figuring out all those dozens of little details and you’ll come up with the one or two that make all the difference in the story.
All you really need to know about your main character’s past is what affects him or her in the context of the story you’re telling right now.
In my historical romance novel SHIP OF DREAMS, all I had to know about my hero Alexandre de Marchant was that he blamed himself for the destruction of the French naval vessel he served aboard because he didn’t kill their incompetent commander when he had the chance. If he’d done so, the much more qualified officers would have defeated their English adversaries and Alexandre’s shipmates would still be alive. His guilt and the pathological hatred of all English sailors that arose from it made writing his actions and reactions much easier.
Speed counts for a lot in today’s marketplace. Yes, you need those telling details to bring your story to life, but if you get bogged down in those details and don’t finish your story, it may never get the chance to live.