This time of the year is beautiful. Leaves are turning to gold, yellow, orange, red and brown, such warm colours. Squirrels are busy harvesting hazelnuts, acorns, walnuts and other tasty tree-offerings. And the mushrooms and fungi tell enchanting tales of fairy rings and secret forest doings.
In this week’s Story…
The way characters interact with their settings reveals a lot about them. Different characters will notice different things and feel distinct emotions in response to their environments.
Let’s take the example of a sunset.
A painter might wonder what colours to use to reproduce it on her canvas.
In honour of a birthday (shared with Percy Jackson!) we had a look at our characters.
When were they born? Morning, evening? Spring, Summer?
How to use this in a story? Perhaps a morning birth means the character is awake early. Perhaps a Spring birth means a love of first flowers, the world waking up.
And then there is astrological sign!
Sun signs are fun to reflect on, along with the elements they correspond to.
This Story Club was special not only because of the birthday …
How do characters show emotion in a story?
We explored this question at this week’s Story Club at Thrive cafe.
One of the beauties of stories is, the character’s mood isn’t limited to the character. Yes, we explored what a character would wear, what their body language would be, and their speech. But we also created weather and landscape to reflect the character’s mood. Thereby giving the reader an overall feeling, similar to what the character feels.
One of the wonderful things about being a children’s author is that other writers share their stories with me! This story has a lot of heart, and is a beautiful nature-connected tale from the Philippines. Written by Zea Perez, it was translated from Filipino by Jae Oh. …
What roles do monsters play in stories? They can represent the opposite qualities of a hero. Voldemort chooses power over friendship, chooses to stand alone. Harry is all about friendship and acting from love.
A monster can be misunderstood. The fiery lava goddess in Moana becomes benevolent when her heart…
Our fortnightly writing workshop at Thrive cafe focused on animal characters. what can they bring to our stories?
A tiger (or mouse)! can get the action moving.
A boa constrictor can be a good analogy for a girl who holds on too tight, who needs to shed her skin and let go.
Or a creature from deep within a mountain may emerge with a teaching for us.
We met all these characters and more at Story Club.