What Literary Character are you?

What Literary Character are you?

So I was directed to this quiz by the English Department Facebook page of the university where I attend. Here’s my result:

You are Galadriel from the trilogy the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Recently played by Cate Blanchett in the epic movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, you are a strong woman and you know what you want. You are a visionary with grand ideas.

The Lord of the Rings is an epic trilogy which is often considered to portray the mythic past of England. Published in three volumes in 1954 and 1955, the story is part of the mythology that Tolkien had been working on in 1917. Another well-known work that precedes this is The Hobbit.

Comment with your results!

Something to Make You Laugh

Here’s a little something to make you laugh. Almost every first line of a novel can be made hilarious if you tack “then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” Try it out! Here’s an example from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. “Once upon a time, many years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs, then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” 🙂 Have fun trying this out!

Novel Hopping

I’m currently working on a trilogy but have been focusing on one book in particular. Today, for some odd reason, my ability to stay focused on the one disappeared. I’ve worked a little on all three novels today. It’s great to get some work done on the ones that aren’t my focus but I do need to move forward on my current project. It’s a little frustrating. In some ways this seems like writer’s block but at the same time I’m able to work on other projects. I’m not quite sure what to do to get back on track.

Interesting Thoughts

Yesterday I was at physical therapy and the therapy student who was working on my hand asked about my writing. I brought up a story that I heard from a favorite author. When she was writing one of her novels she had a villain who was not redeemable. Then she realized that a female character was falling in love with the villain. The therapy student stopped me at that moment and said, “Don’t you choose who falls in love with who?” My response: “No.”

To be a good writer, you need to listen to the characters. It is their story, not yours. You are the care taker of the story. It shouldn’t matter what the public says. Be true to the characters and to the story. By so doing, you stay true to yourself.

For those who would like to read the experience I spoke of, here is the link:

http://anitastansfield.blogspot.com/2012/10/back-history-gables-against-sky.html

Slump, Page Turn, Scream

Odd title I know but it’s something that came out of my writing group. Writing is about keeping the reader going. I try to make it so my chapters end in such a way that the reader wants to keep reading.

Each writer does it in a different way. One group member, Julia, ended a chapter with the main character facing a nemesis without a weapon. I got excited when I read it because I knew that something good was coming up.

That should be the goal of all writers. Write in such a way that when people read it they have a hunger for more. That’s done by building great characters and a great plot. When you have all those elements together, you have something worth reading.

Corset Problems

Liana, the main character in Book 2, is struggling to get dressed on her own when her maid goes AWOL. Regular clothes are not a problem but corsets? Oh dear.  It’s possible she’ll have to ask the husband for help haha.

I love writing this book. The characters are so much fun.  The backtracking is coming along slowly but surely (cliche I know). The first full day of the one week back track has begun.