Monday, November 19, 2012


 I realize that the whole world is about to collectively pass out over the retirement of the Twinkie, but I was thinking we might focus on other issues today.

Like thankfulness.

And your characters.

And where and how they do and should intersect.

Particularly this week, since it is Thanksgiving week, I'm busy thinking through the characters in my newest WIP. Are THEY thankful? How can I, without getting onto a preaching kick, show a thankful heart in my characters?

Here's a fun little Monday writing exercise for you: Take one of your main characters from your current WIP, convict them of needing to be thankful and put them in a not-so-pleasant situation.

What happens? Do they change, grow? Do they become bitter? Do they remain unchanged or stagnant? How did you allow the scene to unfold by showing and not telling? Read back through it - were you ever preaching (either as the narrator or as another character)?

I'm thankful for so many, many, MANY things this year but one of the things I'm definitely thankful for is YOU, dear reader and the wonderful privilege of writing on this blog with my beloved Scribble Chicks. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving!!


  1. Awesome! I'm not working on anything at the moment. But I did lose hot water a few weeks ago (a very long story that involves a very leaky pipe). So this Thanksgiving week, I'm VERY grateful for running water. :)

  2. Good post! Unfortunately, my next book is almost done. I do like the idea though. Too bad they don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the Middle Ages... :)

  3. I'm going to have fun with that challenge! :)

    I am thankful for this blog - for the encouragement and support and friendship I've found here. It's my favorite place to check in and see if there is something new. May you all have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!