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by Kat Lieu
Thank you very much, Vera, once again for providing me with an opportunity to guest blog. As an indie author, I appreciate having the opportunity to write guest posts and give away my new publications.
I always thought that I was doing something wrong whenever I was writing my stories. I don’t plot or plan. I don’t use the Snowflake method. I don’t brainstorm. I rarely jot down little notes about my characters. And yet, 55,000 words easily flow from my fingertips to the keyboard. For me, the best way to write is to let my characters speak to me. I let them do what they want to do. If the sentence feels strange or the dialogue doesn’t flow, maybe my character isn’t happy with where the story is going. I try to feel what my characters are feeling. I actually get sad when my characters are sad. When I’m happy, my characters are happy.
And I feel terrible when I kill off characters, even super-meanie-witches. I grow attached to all my characters, like they’re my friends. Well, my imaginary friends. I guess that is how you can breathe life into a story, by writing about characters you care about. If you don’t care about your own characters, don’t expect your readers to give a hoot about them either.
I also find that when you fall in love with other authors’ characters, you are inspired. You emulate your favorite writers. Of course, you don’t want to jack their style or copy their stories word by word. For example, see what works about J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or Suzanne Collin’s Katniss Everdeen, but don’t clone them. There’s a formula to creating memorable characters. Famous protagonists have catchy or special names. Heroes and heroines are often relatable, flawed, quirky, and brave. Rarely do authors write about chickens. If you do write about a chicken, make sure this character is the coolest and best chicken ever. A brave chicken!
At this point, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and Happy Writing to all the aspiring writers out there. Don’t think about writing. Don’t tell people you’re writing. Just write.
Kat Lieu was born in Montreal, Canada many moons ago. At present, she is a busy New Yorker with a passion for writing young adult romantic comedies. Since 2009, her novella, Maid for Me, has been an Amazon Kindle category bestseller. Winning Third Place in Seventeen Magazine’s Annual Fiction contest in 2006 sparked her love for writing.
Kat received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2008 from SUNY Downstate. Currently, she educates physical therapy students across multiple New York universities and is also a national lecturer on the topic of lymphedema. During the daytime, she works as a healthcare recruiter. By night, she runs her popular teen/tween online empire, Nummyz Productions.
Check out a free preview of Maid for Me, Too here