Journal Work in Progress

The Terrifying Reality of Fork People

My wife the elementary school art teacher used to do projects with kids involving ordinary objects. The point was to get them to look at everyday things from a different perspective. She’d hold up a fork, for example, and ask them what else it could be. They’d yell out things like “the devil’s pokey thing” […]

Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Coming Up with Character Names

There was a time when I owned an extensive collection of baby name books. Coming up with character names was a time-consuming process. Now I use random name generator websites, which has sped up the process considerably. For incidental characters, where I might just need a first or last name, I’ll generate 10 or 25 […]

Journal Work in Progress Writing

Setting Up Your Antagonist

As I mentioned in the previous post, I believe that the seeds for all supporting characters should be planted in the first act. Call it foreshadowing, call it whatever you like, but when that character appears it has to feel both organic and inevitable. The same applies to setting up your antagonist. For Cold Sunset […]