In 2016, Veterans Day is Nov 11th which is also the first day of NerdaCon in Columbus, GA. As a US Navy veteran myself, I celebrate this holiday. This year, I’ll be celebrating it at NerdaCon as a guest author. I’m presenting three panels on writing. Science Fiction authors owe it to their readers to create believable worlds. World-building is an essential part of what I do. But the most amazing planet in the universe won’t hold the attention of a reader unless the people on the planet are interesting. For this convention I’m sharing panels on how to create great characters.
I’ll be leading the following panels. All will be open for question and discussion. See the full schedule of all panels here: http://nerdacon.org/panel-descriptions/
Adding Action and Emotion to Characters
People respond emotionally in every situation, even if it’s only reading a list of workshops. Should they take this one? That one? Why did they choose a particular topic? What influenced them to make the decision? In a story, characters should make the same kinds of decisions, influenced by their needs. The secret to writing a great story is to let readers inside the character’s head to experience that emotional response.
Creating Characters Readers Love
In any story, plot is the spine, the various settings are its bones, conflict is its muscle, and characters are its flesh and beauty. Together, they create a framework on which to build a beautiful story full of living, breathing characters. Here are some basic tips on how to make characters readers will love.
How to Critique Yourself
How do authors re-read their own writing and find typos, point of view changes, continuity issues, and character inconsistencies? This panel will discuss tips.
Want a personal critique?
I’m setting aside six half-hour sessions for personal, one-on-one critiques, with any type of writing. Here are the requirements:
One read through of the material plus a quick overview of grammar or typos; discussion of character development; use of active or passive wording; and an overall impression of the story. I will offer my opinion only — it is up to the author to accept, reject, and decide how to proceed.
Authors must submit the manuscript in print format with these criteria:
Any topic, up to PG13 rating, up to four (4) pages, single-sided, double spaced, 12 points, in a simple font such as Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial, with 1″ margins. Using these parameters makes it easier to read and add notes.
Fanfiction or Writing for Publication
No matter what you write, you need more than a great idea. Just as veterans have what it takes to succeed: dedication, skill, and commitment, so authors need the same qualities to complete a great story. Never let anyone take away your dream. If you want to write, begin now. Read good writing. Study the craft. Write, write, write. Come to NerdaCon and attend some panels. Talk. Listen. Learn. But always write.
Even a military and veterans discount!
All the NerdaCon info you could want, including a discount for military and veterans, and for children. http://nerdacon.org/