It seems forever since I wrote a blog post and it probably feels that way to anyone who follows this blog. It has been a long semester with five classes and the long commute between home and school. But I survived it so I should try to post again.
I have a joined the website Patreon(https://www.patreon.com/BHeatherMantler) and am hoping to put out a short piece on it weekly as a way to generate some money to pay bills. According to the e-mails, I should ask people already interested in my writing to support me on the site, so this is it. If you chose to help me, thank you. If you chose not to, that is okay.
The last thing I will mention in this post (and my next post will be back to discussion on writing) is a request. If you have read one of my books, I ask that you put up a review of it on Amazon or Goodreads. All reviews help authors, even if it is just a rating and one sentence. It takes only a moment of your time and costs nothing, but it helps me out a lot.
And I hope to have another post up next week about writing.
Sometimes characters quit behaving and decide they don’t want to do anything. This can be a problem when you are trying to get the story finished. But there is a solution if you have tried everything else. You just kill all the current characters off. This doesn’t get the story finished though as it stops things in their tracks, so you put in new characters to finish the story. You pick characters who are willing to talk to you and pick up where the last ones left off.
This solves all of the problems. The characters who are giving you issues are gone as well as fueling the continuation of the story. You get to work with new characters who could be a lot more fun than the original ones. Also the story will get finished, likely will be better than if you stuck to the first set of characters.
So, if you are having problems in your story kill off all your characters and start again with new ones. This should help move the story along. After all the new characters have to figure out what happened to the previous ones and finish what they started.
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