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Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

by Renée J. Lukas

For me, characters are the most fun part of writing. Well-developed, dynamic characters also happen to be essential to a good story. So here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to help create characters that jump off the page. Maybe some of these will spark your imagination. . .

Tip #1: […]

June 7th, 2017|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

Getting Sick Isn’t for Sissies

by Renée J. Lukas

If you don’t want to get sick, don’t. Live a healthy lifestyle, work out eleven times a day, and eat only fruits and grains and things found at farmer’s markets. And by all means, avoid places where there might be people with germs. But if your antibodies start to slack a little, […]

May 15th, 2017|Renee's World|Comments Off on Getting Sick Isn’t for Sissies

What It Means to be Middle-Aged

by Renée J. Lukas

You don’t wake up one day and become forty or forty-seven. . .but it feels like it.

Your age sneaks up on you gradually, like one of those slow-moving, creepy ice walls in the Midwest—the ones that make little crunching noises and move toward people’s houses like The Blob.

Aging is a slow, creepy […]

March 3rd, 2017|Renee's World|Comments Off on What It Means to be Middle-Aged

The Trouble with Romantic Comedies

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth of Rom-Coms

SPOILER ALERTS: There are many in here. Be warned.

by Renée J. Lukas

 

As we say a final farewell to February, I wanted to do a blog in honor of this past month—the month of Valentine’s Day, Cupid (or just a man-baby in a diaper), and love and […]

February 28th, 2017|Book, TV and Movie Reviews|Comments Off on The Trouble with Romantic Comedies

Movies and Shows To Watch This Winter

by Renée J. Lukas

 

For me, going outside in the winter is like going outside on the moon without a suit. I don’t like to do it. When I do, I’m so bundled up, I walk like someone in a full-body cast as I take the garbage to the curb. To my neighbors, I’m Sasquatch, rarely […]

February 1st, 2017|Book, TV and Movie Reviews, Renee's World|Comments Off on Movies and Shows To Watch This Winter

The Perils of Writing a Sequel

by Renée J. Lukas

 

When readers love characters, they want more of them. They may wish there was a sequel. After receiving several notes about my novel, Hurricane Days, it seemed that a sequel was in order. There were comments from readers who wanted to know “What was up with Adrienne? What happened in the year […]

December 23rd, 2016|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on The Perils of Writing a Sequel

Thanksgiving with Voldemort

by Renée J. Lukas

Congratulations if you made it through Thanksgiving with no one saying “election recount” or “transition team” at the table. Be glad you survived, or just be glad that it’s over.

Of course, Thanksgiving is a special time when you get together with loved ones and don’t talk about politics, religion or why your […]

November 28th, 2016|Renee's World|Comments Off on Thanksgiving with Voldemort

The Bright Side of a Trump Victory?

by Renée J. Lukas

[Disclaimer: The following is satire. Do not write your local congressional representatives.]

The election is over. And it’s good news if you’re a straight white man from the 1950s who was cryogenically frozen and woke up in America on November 9th. “What? A WOMAN almost became president? Whew. Dodged a bullet there. […]

November 13th, 2016|Renee's World|Comments Off on The Bright Side of a Trump Victory?

Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books

by Renée J. Lukas

In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels.

Tip #3

Your protagonist doesn’t necessarily have to be likable. But it helps if she’s relatable. What? That can’t be! You’ve followed the screenwriting commandments that have been drummed into your head for […]

November 2nd, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books

by Renée J. Lukas

In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels.

Tip #2

Give your protagonist obstacles. Then make it worse. Nobody wants to read a story where everyone gets along, the end. Boooring. A story depends on conflict; it can’t exist without it.

First, […]

October 19th, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers