September 28–A Month of Monsters
FROM THE GRAVE!!!
#8: Save your meanness for when it matters!
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FROM THE GRAVE
Monster Writing Prompts: Part 1
Creating MONSTER CHARACTERS: Likes & Dislikes!
For the month of January, I’ll post some pointers on Creating Your Own Monster Characters. Be sure to come back next week for another quick writing tip!
When I started writing FROM THE GRAVE (Book 1 of the MONSTER OR DIE trilogy, from Jolly Fish Press, coming October 18, 2016), I thought it would be fun to make the monsters basically the opposites of humans. For example:
Monsters hate: sugar, neatness & cleanliness.
Monsters love: sludge noodles & the smell of rotting anything.
But as I began to know my monsters more, I realized that monsters truly love ORDER and RULES. They only allow “mayhem when appropriate.” Hmmm, being a monster isn’t as easy as it looks—which is a very good problem for a writer to have with her characters. Never make it too easy for them. It’s much more fun and exciting to provide plenty of problems.
Now, if you were writing a monster story, what would your characters like and dislike? Make a Word Web to jot down your ideas. Write your character’s name in the center and some LIKES above and DISLIKES below.
Here is a link to a Word Web you can print out if you need one.
For a list of FRIGHTFUL READS, visit my website. What’s your favorite scary story?