First, both developed a strong focus toward building their rural kingdom (it's just a setting, damnit!), and before long, having children and raising a family became a huge issue, especially for my heroine. How do characters take over like that? Soon I found myself searching for photos of the perfect redheaded boy to enter the story (perhaps in book #3 after the heroine suffers some fertility anguish?), instead of teaching readers about the dangers of GMO crops, fracking, and other really important stuff.
Children add elements to fiction that completely change the dynamics of a story, just as they do in real life. This month on the Blood-Red Pencil, we'll explore the topic of children as related to writing, publishing, and even teaching. With back-to-school themes on many minds, it's perfect timing.
We're also welcoming a new member to the blog - Jason P. Henry - who has contributed two posts recently, and now will share his journey to publication every month, as well as information about the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, which he is heading up this year.
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