What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?
I was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix. I underwent major abdominal surgery and HIPEC chemotherapy. I was unable to return to my work as an epilepsy nurse practitioner. I’m at home recovering from all of the side effects. I’ve required more surgery and nutritional support. It’s sure an eye-opener being on the other side of the stethoscope. I’m trying to look on the bright side which is I have more time for fiction writing. I’m currently working on a mystery suspense novel. I’m writing a short story in the same genre. My life has been forever changed. I’m looking forward to the new journey.
Have you experienced a life-changing event?
Today I worked on character sheets for my mystery short story. I get to know as much as I can about my characters. It helps me to get to know them and how they will react to situations and other characters.
I went searching for an old character sheet that I used to use to develop characters. We’ll I couldn’t find a copy without digging into old boxes of manuscripts. And I really didn’t want to do that. I thought to myself, “what do I usually do when I’m faced with similar problems? I google. I googled Fiction Character Sheets and found a crazy amount of free information about character sheets and fiction writing in general. This is my helpful hint about finding useful fiction character sheets to develop your characters for your novel or short stories.
There’s nothing more invigorating for writing fiction than research. Yesterday I researched vaccine research and development, big pharma names that are involved in vaccine research, and restaurants near Wall Street. I’m researching these topics for a mystery suspense story that I’m writing. When you research you run across other ideas for plot points. It helps you get to know the type of people involved and so it helps you build your characters. When I researched the restaurants I picked one and opened the menu. Now I can add the entree choices of my characters adding some sensory information for my reader. When you’re suffering from writer’s block, consider research.