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Many people say they would like to write a book.  That statement is usually in the form of “I have this great book idea”, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel” or “I will write it when I have more time.”

I used to say things like that.  I kept promising myself that I would write a book someday.  Then I realized something important.

There are seven days in a week, but someday isn’t one of them.

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I undboutably find this one of the hardest things when creating a new character…this should be of some help.

50 Lyric Titles As Writing Prompts

Posted: January 14, 2014 in Ideas, Writing

Exercise: Answer the question by free writing for five minutes.

  1. Am I Going Crazy? – Korn
  2. Are You The Hypnotist? – Flaming Lips
  3. Baby Can I Hold You Tonight? – Tracy Chapman
  4. Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’? – Rolling Stones
  5. Do You Believe In Life After Love? – Cher
  6. Do You Believe In Rapture? – Sonic Youth
  7. Do You Know The Way To San Jose? – Dionne Warwick
  8. Do You Love Me? – The Contours
  9. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? – Culture Club
  10. Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? – Ramones
  11. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? – Bryan Adams
  12. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  13. Have You Seen Her? – Chi-Lites
  14. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby? – Rolling Stones
  15. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? – BeeGees
  16. How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life – Fred Astaire
  17. How Long Has This Been Going On? – Van Morrison
  18. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? – Patti Page
  19. Life On Mars? – David Bowie
  20. Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? – The Clash
  21. What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted? Jimmy Ruffin
  22. What Does TS Eliot Know About You? – East River Pipe
  23. What Happened To You? – The Offspring
  24. What If God Was One Of Us? – Joan Osborne
  25. What Time Is It? – Spin Doctors
  26. What You Waiting For? – Gwen Stefani
  27. What’s The Frequency Kenneth? – Rem
  28. What’s My Age Again? – Blink 182
  29. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, And Understanding? – Elvis Costello
  30. Where Does The Ocean Go? – Katie Mellua
  31. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  32. Which One Of Us Is The Fool? – Robert Palmer
  33. Who Are You? – The Who
  34. Who Do You Think You Are? – Spice Girls
  35. Who Makes You Feel? – Dido
  36. Who Wants To Live Forever? – Queen
  37. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses? – U2
  38. Who’s Your Daddy? – Toby Keith
  39. Who’s Crying Now? – Journey
  40. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? – Shania Twain
  41. Why Can’t This Be Love? – Vanhalen
  42. Why Can’t We Be Friends? – War
  43. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? – Diana Ross
  44. Why Do I Keep Counting? – The Killers
  45. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? – Moby
  46. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? – The Beatles
  47. Will You Marry Me? – Paula Abdul
  48. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? – The Shirelles
  49. Would I Lie To You? – The Eurythmics
  50. Wouldn’t It Be Nice? – The Beach Boys

These 10 Tips for Writing Antagonists will help writers when they are creating this vital role in their novel.

  1. The antagonist is the character who MOST stands in the way of the protagonist achieving the story goal.
  2. He or she is known as the villain but need not be evil.
  3. The antagonist’s goal is in direct conflict with the goal of the protagonist.
  4. It is better if your villain is a person, not a force of nature (earthquake, flood), a group (gang, big company) or a general life condition (poverty, corruption).
  5. The antagonist should be equal in strength to your protagonist in order to fight a good fight.
  6. The best antagonist is someone who already plays a part in your protagonist’s life.
  7. Create a character whose motivation for opposing the protagonist’s story goal is as strong and logical as the hero’s reason for opposing the antagonist’s goal.
  8. The antagonist does not have to work from a negative motivation. If the roles were reversed the villain could become the protagonist.
  9. A great antagonist believes that his motivations are valid and his actions justified.
  10. Never create an antagonist who exists merely to obstruct the lead. You will end up with a shallow stereotypical character.

Working title:

Genre:  Romance, drama maybe a little scary or???

Tense/POV: third person


Part One

Inciting Incident:

What happens to the protagonist to put her unavoidably in the path of the antagonist?

Internal Initial Conflict (call to action):

What does your protagonist most want? Why can’t she have it? How will she try to get it?

External Initial Conflict (call to action):

What does your protagonist want to accomplish or obtain (physically)? How will she go about it?

Woven-in Backstory, Vital Information:

What happened before the inciting incident that we must know to understand the story?


Part Two

Internal Conflict (obstacles):

Why is your protagonist hesitant to strive for her goals? What (emotionally) makes her falter?

External Conflict (obstacles):

What stands in the way of your protagonist’s goals? What will happen to her if she fails?

Internal Higher Conflict (obstacles heighten):

Why should your protagonist turn back now? Why doesn’t she? What’s at stake?

External Higher Conflict (obstacles heighten):

Who or what is trying to stop your protagonist? Why?

Internal Highest Conflict (obstacles intensify):

What makes your protagonist realize the unavoidable importance of her original goal? What gives it new meaning?

External Highest Conflict (obstacles intensify):

How does the antagonist get the best of your protagonist? What could make it worse? What happens to make her believe that there is no way to win?

Internal Point of No Return (stakes):

What happens to change your protagonist so that she’ll never be the same again?



External Point of No Return (stakes):

What makes it impossible for your protagonist to go back, to give up?



Darkest Hour:

What is the worst possible thing that could happen to your protagonist?

Turning Point:

How does your protagonist realize she must continue to fight? How does she decide to risk everything? What new approach or idea has she come up with to battle on?

Part Three

Internal Climax:

What does your protagonist realize at the crucial moment? What does she learn? Overcome?

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External Climax:

How does your protagonist defeat your antagonist?

Resolution (external):

What does defeating the antagonist accomplish? How are things different?



Character Growth (internal):

How has your protagonist changed?

Idea… in progress.

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Ideas


Gay male character(s), Wiccan, past life comes to them when they meet someone new. Instant connection, love, romance.

Past life: …

Present location: San Francisco, California