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New Website and Character Flaws
12/21/2008 4:00:31 PM
About my updated website. Character flaws in novels or why I like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum (writing)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
New website and character flaws

Hi all.

First off, I have my new (and old) website up now. The web address is the same: You'll find some added pages, some pages that are no longer there--but will be added as time allows. I hope you enjoy the site. There will be a page for the writings of other authors. short stories, articles, poems or excerpts from books. I will be rotating them as I get new ones. Please have the works polished, after all this is another venue for your work and you NEVER KNOW who may read the website and/or blog. Also, as you enter the site, would you kindly add a "hello" onto the guest book. The link for that is on the front page.

Second: I figured out why I like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I'm starting the whole series over. Yep, from the beginning. (I haven't read 14 yet. I'm hoping to get it for Christmas, if not that, I'll wait until it's on Kindle)
I love these books because her characters are so flawed and human, and they make their way through life getting around those flaws, or picking themselves up from the mistakes they make along the way.

Now, you may say, "I knew that." So did I. But, I realized I wasn't fully utilizing this to the fullest in my own characters. No, the story doesn't have to be funny (although I read funny pretty well) My suggestion would be to list the characters flaws either before writing the story or soon after. That way, in your first draft you can already be adding situations that might not arise if you didn't know your characters that well.

I think that might be what I've been waiting for in my third book "Legacy" (temporary title)I'm missing several middle chapters, but I'm still dwelling on something that's missing in the characters. (Like not enough pepper or garlic in a stew.)

It's freezing here in the Midwest. Minus two. Windchill of minus 35. The wind is howling outside, and I'm out of hot chocolate, tea, and almost out of milk. Am I going out in this? Nope.


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More Blogs by Patricia A Guthrie
• Review: Destiny of the Divas by Ernie Johnson - Tuesday, March 03, 2009
• Review: Shadow Walk: The Gathering by Erin Collins - Tuesday, February 10, 2009
• Review: And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso - Tuesday, February 10, 2009
• Depression and adopting a new collie (not connected) - Sunday, February 08, 2009
• Good News--bad weather - Thursday, January 15, 2009
• Help need votes - Tuesday, January 13, 2009
• Preditors and Editors Poll Vote - Tuesday, January 13, 2009
•  New Website and Character Flaws  - Sunday, December 21, 2008  
• Bad news on all fronts - Friday, December 12, 2008
• New Group: Authors and Book Event Center - Monday, December 01, 2008
• Santa Claus Came to Town and How He Got Here - Saturday, November 29, 2008
• Regency author: Joanna Waugh talks about her website and new novel "Blind Fortune." - Tuesday, November 25, 2008
• A darn good story - Saturday, November 22, 2008
• Loss of dog/loss of family - Monday, November 17, 2008
• Making the perfect Apricot Stone Sour - Sunday, November 16, 2008
• sinus infections, book sales and apricot sours - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
• New: Waterlilies - Friday, November 07, 2008
• Waterlies coming out. New AKC rules. New rescue facility for horses in Illinois - Friday, October 24, 2008
• - Thursday, October 23, 2008
• Marketing - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• New Release and butterflies - Saturday, October 11, 2008
• Greetings from the Cottage of Blog - Friday, August 22, 2008

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