Inspiration Through Music: A Beautiful Mind Soundtrack

I talked a couple weeks ago about g0-to music for writers. Each writer should have a library of music that they use to get “into the mood” when working on a specific scene or with a certain character. I have a few choice ones that I go directly to when I work on The Monstrum Chronicles; ie: Massive Attack, Normund Corbiel’s soundtrack for Heavy Rain, The Crystal Method, Maynard James Keenan, and Imogen Heap among others. But when I came across a flashback scene that needed to be written for Aequitas, I found that the only thing that would do was James Horner’s haunting score from A Beautiful Mind.

Continue reading

Creating Memorable Characters

Good morning, readers!

In the last few days, I’ve finished reading The Hunger Games and watched the entire second season of Downton Abbey. In both the book and the television series, I find myself longing to return to the lives of the characters I so fell in love with. Thankfully, I have Catching Fire (the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy) to read. But what of Downton Abbey? Alas, I’ll have to wait for the next season. But I will because I am so enamored of the storyline and the people who populate it.

When you fall in love with certain characters, you have an immediate loyalty to them. You want to follow them on their journey. You want to see more of them. You’re compelled to stick by them through whatever happens and you’re determined to make sure that they get what they deserve, whether good or bad. There are several characters in books and television shows that I remember from years ago that I miss. And I found myself wondering this morning, why is that? Why are they so much more stained in my memory than others? What are the makings of a memorable character?

Continue reading