Monday, February 27, 2006

Dee Carey Blog Guess what it's March. And I've promised a simple easy way to outline on a single sheet. First you need supplies: a ruler, several different colored markers, a manila file folder and room to work. I believe almost everyone is familar with a flow chart. This is the basis of this method. First assign two different colors to your two prime characters. Turning the file folder inside out so there is no writing on the surface you will be using, write the title on the tab. Next set one prime character on the right and the other on the left, assigning each a strong color. ie him red her green. Then with your ruler draw a line slightly below the name on each side. At this point write what has attracted these two. The lines from each character should meet at this point (remember to draw the lines from each character in that character's color). At the converging point briefly state the scene where they meet. Now this is the beauty of this method, if you want to change how or where they meet simply place a post-it note over the scene. Then you must progress to the point they are repelled by each other. (draw those lines apart) Usually at this point I introduce secondary characters assign them colors and draw them to the scene where they meet a primary character. Usually there are two secondary characters one who is his ally and one hers. By drawing the lines of each character in their seperate colors you can see at once where you are in your story. This is especially helpful if you have a character who has two forms. This is the reason I developed this method. I write about shape shifting foxes and I needed to know if the character was human or fox. Simply by following the colored line I knew where she was and what she was. I put a second line along side the first if she was a fox at a certain point. By drawing lines to scenes and introducing new characters/.colors you will be able to quickly assess what you need to do to flesh out your story. As lines cross write a simple note describing a scene. As you get further into your story you will see a pattern emerge. If there are two few colored lines that are assigned to your primary characters, you need to go back and give them the emphasis they need. This does not need to be perfect it is just a road map, side trips are allowed. I always start with the first and last sentence of a book. Only the bare bones of a story need show up on this flow chart. You need to see where you are going. And, as I said earlier that is the beauty of this system. Post its can save the day. When I learn how I will post a diagram to show you what I mean.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Dee Carey Blog I've spent this week in class. It's not been that long since I studied (I took a law course when I was 50) but I cannot believe the amount of material. I'm glad I'm on the tail end of this train. The information the kids in school have to process is staggering. What they are studying as history was current events when I was in school. The world is shrinking but the volume of information is huge. What staggers me even more is the intelligence of these young people. Kids were not that smart when I went to school. Hell I was a wiz back in the day but compared to most 10 year olds today I'm an idiot. Anyhow folks once you stop learning you just waste away. I am anxious as I have a book coming out next Wednesday. Of all that I've written, this is the first that the male character is the shape shifting fox. It is entitled The Fox and the Swan and will be available at www.wings-press.com come Wednesday.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Dee Carey Blog Came across a post on someone's blog berating historical writers who are not dead on accurate with history. Well, folks this is fiction. I move my characters through centuries and I don't believe any person has actually done that. If I want accuracy in history I'll read a text book, on second thought they are not always accurate. History is just an agreed upon set of facts. They leave out a lot and embroider more. Fiction is meant to be fun. If someone writes a compelling story and they move the Battle of Hastings to 1069 who cares? If anyone is foolish enough to believe all novels are historically accurate and uses them as reference, well, then I suppose you might get a bit miffed. There is too much in the way of criticism in the world today. You like what you like and I'll like what I like and guess what I ain't gonna shot ya fer it!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Dee Carey Blog
I think someone should come right out and say the current crud that passes for entertainment should be flushed. I do not want to see you fight tooth and nail against someone for money. I do not want to see anyone belittled for their attempts at singing or dancing. It is not necessary for any viewer to see the exact track a bullet is taking on its way to death. Embarrassment is not entertaining, at least not to intelligent individuals. I do not need to see defication, fornication or even flatuation. It doesn't add entertainment or education value. Nor is it funny to see someone fall, get hurt or humilated.
Okay so that is today's soapbox comment.
Now on to funner (yes, I know that is wrong) but I often do things that will make a reader go "What?" A book is a best friend, a teacher, an adventure and an education. They must be treasured. Books are the most important things of civilization. The written word is the thread that brings us closer to peace.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Dee Carey Blog Another attempt to get on with the business of blogging. Strange day, raining a bit, more like spitting. Hubby finished putting in two new windows in our bedroom and I finished the galleys for my newest book The Fox and the Swan, which comes out in March. I started writing it without the presence of Merlin and Arthur, however they had other plans. It seems whenever a shape-shifting fox comes on the scene so do Arthur and his friends. It is a fun book and one I believe will appeal to readers of all ages. The book has a high moral tone and as always a lesson in how to get along with those you don't agree with. However, we must not forget this is a LOVE STORY. Everything humans accomplish is done in the name of LOVE. Be sure to check back for March's tip How to write an outline on a single page.
Dee Carey Blog Well, this is a strange day. I finally finished my galleys on The Fox and the Swan, which comes out this March. I started writing it as a pure fairey tale, but Arthur, Merlin and the Druids insisted on playing a part. Somehow they hound me whatever I write. People often ask how I can keep writing about Foxes and Arthurian legend. Well, folks there are at least a thousand books about Arthur and Merlin, so several more won't hurt. Besides the foxes make it different. Check back soon to learn an easier way to outline.
Well, here we are just moments away from February. The month of the groudhogs and valentines.Do remember to send a card to your favorite groundhog. They are sensitive and will be hurt if you don't.I love February. It is usually a punk month here in upstate NY, but this year it's been a pip. Yesterday it was 47 degrees. Good thing too as hubby decieded to replace a window.Now lets get down to the nity gritty. The Tip of the Month for February.Point of View.This is somewhat tough for a new writer, as we tend to think everyones input is important. You have probably read books that head hopped, some can do it beautifully, but it is a rare talent. Nora Roberts has the lock on it. However, most of us are not Nora, so we have to play the hands we are dealt.SOGo and purchase several colored markers and a copy of your favorite book (get an extra copy if writing in your favorite gives you the willys)Assign each principal character a specific color. Also assign a color to the important secondary characters.Just for the sake of demonstration we'll use Little Red Riding Hood.For Little Red- red of courseFor the Fox - blueFor the Woodsman - yellow.For Grandma -green.This is just to point out who is who.Now take your favorite book and do likewise. As you hgihlight each character's POV (point of View) that is what they say and what they think, you will note there is a pattern of a certain color in each paragraph. That is the point of view of that particular character. Going on throughout the book you will see one or two colors more prominent that the others. These are the important characters. Now do the same to one of your manuscripts. Do you see many colors in a single paragraph? Too many points of view. You should see a rhythm of color throughout the work, as you saw in your favorite book.When I first heard of this method I thought it might be just silly (which is what led me to try it) however seeing the colors simplified what to that point had been complicated. Hope this helps those of you wonder what in the Sam Hill is POV. Feel free to question me through my e-mail.Come back often and look for March's Tip.