The Fire In Fiction


fictionAs I start to write a new novel, I ask myself: Who is at the center of my novel? Is he/she a hero, or a villain?

In The Fire In Fiction by Donald Maass, says: “Every protagonist can be a hero, even from the opening pages. That quality is essential if readers are to tag along with your main character for hundreds of pages.”

I hadn’t thought of making any of my protagonists heroes, just characters showing us how they deal with and learn from their difficult life experiences. Maass also says, “you need only find in your human being what is strong, and in your strong human what is real. Even greatness can be signaled from the onset.”

That sounds good, but I wondered how do you find your protagonist’s strength?

Step one: It depends on how you created him/her! Depending on the personality they have, you can find any kind of strength, even something small. Ex. Caring about someone, a longing for hope or change.

Step two: Provide a way for that strength to be demonstrated within your protagonist’s first five pages.

Step three: Revise your character’s introduction to your readers so they feel this story is worth their time, that it will greatly stir and impact your readers and stay with them.

It has taken me a while to determine my protagonists strength, but I think I’m getting closer to showing it in the first five pages.

Have you had success with finding and showing your protagonist’s strength in the first five pages? Any tips you wish to share?



Wednesday Writing Prompt #6

Wednesday again, and the month of June is progressing a little faster than I want it to. When did the years start moving so fast? It’s surreal at times.

The weather is warming up, but despite that, a little comfort food still helps me get through the really rough days – and with 6 kids, 1 on the way, and a busy business to run, those days seem a little more often than I care to admit.

This need for the occasional serving of comfort food has inspired this weeks writing prompt, without further ado, tell me what you think, feel, experience, when you consider:

Red Beans & Rice


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Wednesday Writing Prompt #5

Welcome to a new month and to yet another Wednesday, I’m so glad you came to join me. Did you have fun after I let the cat out of the bag last week? I sure hope so!

I love seeing what other writers come up with when given a simple prompt. It is amazing to me how many things we have on our mind and what fire these sparks can create. You are all very talented writers and I’m glad you’re participating in these weekly writing prompts with me.

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Without further ado, these week’s writing prompt:



Writing Prompt #4

Yet again, Wednesday has arrived. Quite predictable she is. With Wednesday comes our weekly writing prompt, and I’m so glad you’re here to join us. This weeks writing prompt will either make you “aww” at the cute thoughts in your head, or make you curl up your nose and turn away. I’ve rarely found someone to have an in between opinion of these critters – they are either love ’em or hate ’em.

Without further ado, this week’s writing prompt:

You walk in to find a cat on your couch…

A grey tabby cat relaxes on the couch.


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Happy Writing!

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Writing Prompt #3

Wednesday is upon us again, and as such, it is time for our weekly writing prompt. I am going to work on expanding my ideas of what constitutes a writing prompt, and while some weeks I’ll still just give a word, other weeks I’ll give an idea, or a setting, or something to enjoy or explore.

I look forward to reading what you these prompts inspire you to write, so as always, comment below with a link to the post this prompt inspires or find us on Facebook and leave your link on our writing prompt thread!

Without further ado, this week’s writing prompt:

A warm cup of tea

A clay tea cup and tea pot with steaming hot tea.

Happy Writing!!


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