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5 Ways To Make the Relationships in Your Story More Compelling

While working on Out of the Forest, I’ve come across a bit of a conundrum: Hatch and Kennedy.

What I can tell you is that they’ve been friends since middle school, and they’re seniors now. Kennedy broke some kid’s nose -possibly Adam’s- for harassing Hatch, and they’ve had the other’s back ever since. Hatch refuses to talk about his family, or why he spend so many nights at the Hammond household. Kennedy and her mom don’t really bother to ask. Instead, they buy a futon so that he doesn’t have to sleep on the couch after a few months of regular visits. For me, there’s a lot of temptation to push this into a romantic relationship, but I also think that this would be a distraction from what they are both about to go through, which I won’t spoil here.

Relationships are a source of emotion in a story. They help to created realistic, vivid characters that readers will invest their feelings in. They are often the driving force for your plot. That’s why figuring out how Kennedy and Hatch fit is important to me: because they are part of what makes my story work.

Considering how important this is to me, I thought I’d share a few tactics when I’m trying to create and understand character relationships.

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A Few Quick Annoucements

This week, I’ve been focusing on doing a bit of blog maintenance in between shopping, making, and wrapping presents. Just to keep everyone updated, here’s what I have done so far:
1. New blog email:

Feel free to email me with any of your ideas or comments. This will also be where you can send pieces from my weekly writing invitations, which I will discuss more below.

2. New Twitter Account: SpunFromInk

Follow me there to keep up-to-date with any news about A Soul Spun from Ink. I’ll be tweeting daily about various writing-related things, like writing prompts and book recommendations. I will also link to various places on the web that I think can help stimulate your creativity.

3. Updated About Page

Not  much to say about this one, except that I will update it to reflect any changes in the blog or myself as time goes by.

4. Established the Weekly Writing Invite

Each Wednesday, I will post a writing invitation that readers may respond to via e-mail. I will choose on or more pieces to feature on my blog. For more information, visit the Weekly Writing Invitations Page

That’s all for now! Feel free to make suggestions in the comments below. Have a beautiful Christmas, everyone!



12 Holiday Writing Prompts

Good news is that my exams are over. I’m done with school for a month, meaning that I will hopefully be able to start planning for next year, while also getting through the holiday season with at least my sanity in tact.

Of course, with everything going on, it’s hard to even find the energy to write. My mind is wrapped up in gift lists and moving and Christmas parties and work schedules and…yeah, I’m a wreck. Inspired by my holiday-induced daze, I thought I’d give you some writing prompts inspired by the season. There’s prompts for several types of writing in there, but feel free to use each to suit your needs.Read More »

10 Simple Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Writers and Readers

I struggle with Christmas shopping. I get lists, but I don’t always want to just go and arbitrarily pick a couple of things out to use up my budget. This is especially important for people who I care and know a lot about. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to some less-than-stellar gifts from my family. As a writer and reader, I’m a bit of an outlier.

Because of this, I came up with a list of gift ideas for people like me, in the hopes that it can help somebody find that perfect gift for their favorite readers and writers (including you).

Gift Ideas

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