Character Vs. Role, & How to Apply One to the Other

Excellent character and character role lesson in this post.

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There are two elements that make up every character ever – character and role.

Character refers to personality and nature, whereas role refers to the function and purpose that characters have in the grand scheme of things.

The two are of equal importance when crafting a literary character, and can be used to compliment or deflect each other in your writing.

For example, if you’re writing a suspense or mystery and do not wish to reveal who is the antagonist until toward the end of your story, you wouldn’t weave the antagonist’s vices and malicious intent into the literature in a way that blatantly exposes his/her role; not until you want to expose him/her. You would hide the antagonist’s purpose by masking his/her true character until a climactic confrontation is due, and you’d do that by sugar-coating the antagonist’s behavior and actions or completely keeping him/her out of the spotlight…

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Book Review: Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarions by Melinda Camber Porter

LuminousLuminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarions: Volume II, Number 2 by Melinda Camber Porter

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Blake Press; Hardback 8.5 by 11, Illustrate ed. edition (September 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942231490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942231493

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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The Horizontal Coffeemaker

When I am sleepy, as seldom as that is, I have a struggle.  Once I lay on my left side, my right brain becomes as fluid as coffee.  A stream of thoughts images and plots pour into the carafe that must be residing in my left brain.  The horizontal coffeemaker once again stirs me out of bed where I write down the stream of consciousness before it cools.

 

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3 Books in the Works, Fun time in my Head and on my Computer

I had a little book, it was the merest thought, the merest character until it blossomed into a full-fledged idea and a full fledged story.

I said I would be working on a new genre and I am happy to announce  I am well into the story and I am very excited about the characters and their interactions.

I started with one type of book in mind and took it up a notch. I am so glad I did. These characters had so much more going for them than I at first imagined.  I do love when a character shakes me up and says “Hey Listen!”

I am listening Dolcey, I am listening.  Hurry up and tell me what I need to know. Hiram needs to get his story out too.

Don’t worry Hiram, I have you started too. Hold on, hold on, you are about to be set free. Keep feeding me your backstory. I am listening.

Two strong characters with a lot of appeal coming soon.  Oh, what a time to be writing!

 

Making Goodreads a Partner in your Success Story

Goodreads is a site I go to on a regular basis. Both as an author with books listed and as a reader with reviews showing. I created my account before I became an author and I write under a pseudonym so I didn’t think to check and see if my book was up there. Then one day I checked.  It was there!  I had to make a new account to attach it to the author page. From there, it was a  race to learn as fast as possible how to make Goodreads a good fit for me. Me the author, not me the reviewer.

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A Lovely Award Nomination!

 

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Thank you, Robbie Cheadle from Robbie’s Inspiration for nominating me for this award. Robbie was sweet enough to nominate me for this as I was recuperating from Mystery Thriller Week.  I really appreciate you thinking of me.
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An Hour with Vicki and Sojourner McConnell. Fun with Yvonne Mason

I was so honored to be asked by Yvonne Mason to be on her online radio program. She is a mystery/thriller writer in her own right, and I was excited to say yes.  I am starting her book The Mad Hatter this evening and I can’t wait.

The hour-long event was so fun. Once I put my nerves aside. I am not the most outgoing person, but I am in line for the most talkative award.  The interview was about my writing as Sojourner McConnell and I was able to share the story behind The Path of the Child. I was also able to discuss Mystery Thriller Week and my WIPs .

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Why? A Guest Post by Participating MTW Author, J. Schlenker

Once someone told me that could do an excellent impression of me. That took me by surprise. I don’t even think I could do an impression of me. I said, “Okay?”

He said, “Why, why, why?”

I guess he had me pegged. I do question everything. For me life is a mystery. I have so many questions, but I guess the big one is why am I here. But, then, a string of other questions arises from that one.

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Authors Choose Your Hour For This #MysteryThrillerWeek Showcase!

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Shine Mystery Thriller Experts Shine!

Mystery Thriller Expert Hour  is a live interactive hosting event that will run 24 hours a day during the #MysteryThrillerWeek. The events start February 12, 2017, and will conclude at midnight February 22, 2017. Choose the date and time that you want to shine.

Authors personally share your new book, book cover, book trailer, answer questions from your fans. This is your hour to promote your book. Hold a live chat, make a video and present it live during your hour. The floor is yours to do with as you choose.

Publishing experts can mentor  unpublished writers with hints and tips on getting published. Instruction on self-publishing as well as tips on finding an editor, agent, or publisher. Editing mentoring or your very own brand of special instruction. This is an opportunity for you to help those with what you know.

Unpublished writers share your work and build an audience. Mystery and thriller readers that are all looking for new writers to chill them and entertain them in their favorite genre. This is a golden chance to be “discovered.”

If you are daring, choose several different dates and times. Meet new readers, hold contests, give away some swag.

Sign up while there are time slots available!

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As this is a Facebook Platform, you will need a Facebook account in order to host and participate. This is the perfect time to join the Facebook revolution if you have not already.  For more information on the #mysteryThrillerWeek, go to the official website and learn more about the opportunities. Then sign up.

Beloved reviewers, I have not forgotten you, check out the recent books for review page. This is how you can find those mystery and thriller books to review for #MysteryThrillerWeek.

 

 

 

Two Lovely New Amazon Reviews for The Path of the Child

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Today a new review was submitted to Amazon and Goodreads for The Path of the Child, and it meant so much for me to read it.  Thank you for the wonderful uplifting review. It touches my heart to hear that Melanie’s  life and actions were recognized in the spirit in which they were meant.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise!, October 26, 2016
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This review is from: The Path of the Child (Kindle Edition)
I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.

Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

I am boistered by people that say kind and rewarding things about the words I use and the people I create.  That makes the journey worthwhile.  I can truly say I have learned something about myself with each review, and I appreciate every one of them.

September 10th another review was posted. I missed sharing this review.  What a rewarding review this was.  Thank you both for your reviews, you have my gratitude.

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet uplifting story, September 10, 2016
This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
The path of a child was the first book I’ve read by Sojourner McConnel and I enjoyed this sweet story.

We read about the life of seventeen year old melanie and are pulled into her life and the struggles and fears of a hard childhood from a troubled home.

Not only do we see this story through Melanie’s eyes but we also get a look at all the people on her life. The unique writing brings a story from all perspectives giving us an emotional tale with a hopeful ending.

This is a wonderful uplifting YA story but certainly an adult read as well. Melanie and rob were sweet and adorable. A good friendship developing Into more.

Great read.