The Great Snowflake Killer

The Great Snowflake Killer

I don’t know about you guys, but every day I grow more and more sick of Pop Culture. It’s this large “General Audience” crafted so companies have a large base to sell to. A developed taste of the times, so people will keep spilling the contents of their wallets to keep up with “What’s in Style”. Paying magazines to stalk celebrities – a sort of weather check of our culture. And once something strikes a cord with the public, Pop Culture will just keep regurgitating it, hoping for more and more money.

Lady Gaga is just a rerun of Madonna. First Auction Hunters, now Storage Wars, first Pawn Stars, then Hard Core Pawn (I’m sure there’s better examples out there, but I don’t watch much television anymore). Writers, you all know how plot lines become “archetypes” – a dignified way of lacking creativity. Sure some things work, but aren’t artists supposed to CREATE. Meaning, make something new? Sure, it’s said every story has already been done, but I don’t want to believe that. At least I want to make something that is told in an original way.

It’s easy to slip into unoriginality, I realized, though. A writer friend of mine once told me “the first thing you come up with is always cliche”. So keep rewriting. Here’s an interesting link I found, and as I read through it I realized I’ve been making some writing mistakes. Falling into the cliche.

It’s Reddit, of course.

A Gift for Y’all

Really, why is “Ya’ll” only used in the South? It makes total grammatical sense for any English speaker. There’s a “Them” and “Their”, why not a ya’ll? I’m going to bring it to Southern California. Ya’ll bring it back to your places of residence as well. Time for a revolution!

Ok, down to business. Here is what I have for ya’ll. It’s my character bio format. I use this for every character of depth in my stories. It’s helped me tremendously, and I hope ya’ll find it useful as well. Once I gave it to my boyfriend. Now ex, because as this story will show, he’s a ninny. Claimed to be a writer. But he didn’t like my character bio format at all! And it was because, as he said, “Such-and-such writer thinks you should know everything about your character right down to the stuff in his pockets. I don’t like writing like that and disagree with him because….” Actually I forget what his explanation was. My brain probably blocked it out, since it was toxic advice. I can’t call the ex a lazy writer, but I can say he was more interested in quantity rather than quality. Well, I’m not, and I’m sure ya’ll fine people aren’t either.

We can’t know everything about a character, just like we can’t know everything about ourselves. Consider, every experience you have, every person you encounter has changed your life in some small way. From your mother, to your best friend, to the cashier at Lucky’s (May it rest in peace). Each human being, to different degrees, has shaped who you are. And every person they’ve met has effected them. Millions upon millions of connections and events! It’s unfathomable. Our stories represent this complex world, but we should still try to delve as deep as we can into our characters. Make an effort to understand them, like how we make an effort to understand ourselves.

In my experience, I’ve found a bit of myself in many of the characters I’ve written. It makes me feel a little vulnerable every time I allow someone to read my writing, but one should not shy away from revealing their truth. After figuring out some characters I realized I was figuring myself out all along. All the pains my character’s faced were my own. Writing fiction is an art good for your soul. So I hope these bio sheets will not only improve your characters, but lead you to some of your own personal discoveries as well.

The first link is the explanation link. Some of it is a little redundant. Not because I think people are too stupid to understand, but because I was incredibly bored at the time.  Second ones a clean sheet for copy and pasting.

Love ya’ll and thanks for reading!