I'm Hearing Voices - Blogfest

I’ve been blogging for seven months. I haven’t decided yet whether that feels long or short :) I’ve met so many great people and made unexpected friendships (Wow, this sounds like a eulogy—it’s not).

I thought it was about time I hosted a blogfest. Now, technically this was Cassie’s (Reading, Writing, and Lovin' It!) idea, so we are going to co-host.

Every great story has great characters! So this blogfest is designed to help us flex our character writing muscles through three separate blog posts.

The Posts:

February 6th - MondayCharacters on the couch: Have one of your characters answer the following questions (to make this work to your benefit, choose a character who is the hardest for you to write :) Max 250 words (Not including the questions—only the answers). 
  1. What is your biggest vulnerability? Do others know this or is it a secret?
  2. What do people believe about you that is false?
  3. What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?
  4. What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality? Why?
  5. What do you want most? What will you do to get it? 
February 8th - Wednesday - Dialogue Introduction: Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.

February 10th - Friday - Emotion Flash Fiction: Emotion is the engine of a story. Pick an emotion and in a flash fiction piece of 250 words MAKE us feel it! We want to connect with your character. This will be a challenge in 250 words.

The Prizes: 
Cassie and I decided to pick two winners for each day:

Monday’s Prize’s
  • From me: The Color Code by Taylor Hartman—this book is a fantastic study of personality. It’s simple, easy to follow, and will give you tons of insight into how different personalities interact. I use it all the time. I don't normally like non-fiction, but this is one of my favorites. See description here.
  • From Cassie:  Nightshade by Andrea Cremer.  You can check out the description from Goodreads here.  This book so far has been the only book to make me fall for both male leads.  The characters' flaws and their strengths kept pulling me in two different directions the entire way through.  

Wednesday’s Prize
  • From me: A query critique and first 20 page critique.
  • From Cassie: A query critique and first 20 page critique. 
Friday’s Prize
  • From me: A full manuscript critique.
  • From Cassie: A full manuscript critique.
How to enter:
  1. Add your name to the link below
  2. Follow Cassie
  3. Follow Me—If we don’t already, we will follow you back J
  4. Post about the blogfest sometime by January 30th
  5. You don’t have to, but we would love you to grab our button and add it to your side bar. 

There you go. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Come join the fun. It will be awesome!



Trisha said...

This sounds very groovy indeed! I'm going to give it a go...let's see how I do!

Sara said...

I have a question, do you guys mean max for the word count for the "the Characters on the Couch" and the "Dialogue Introduction" or is that supposed to be min?

Max makes sense for the Flash. But I wasn't sure about the others.



p.s I am really excited for the blog hop!

ryan field said...

I can't wait to read some of these. I read about this at TD McFrost and it looks great!!

Sari Webb said...

Awesome idea for a blogfest. Hopefully it will help me get to know my characters a little better. :)

PS. I only found out about this blog fest today so I hope it's ok that I only posted about it today!

Sari Webb said...

Hmm.. I don't seem to be able to sign up to the blogfest. Perhaps I left it too late? Never mind, I think I'll still do the challenges anyway. They look like fun. :)

Hywela Lyn said...

Sari - I signed up ages ago, but for some reason it didn't 'take' and I thought I hadn't been accepted - try again, I just did and my name's there now!

Lady Bluestocking said...

Hi--same problem for me, too! I signd up a while ago, still don't see my name and it looks like it isn't accepted! Don't see my name or my blog's up there. The little thing at the end says it take a few minutes, but it's been a few hours since I last tried and I don't see it! I'm going to keep up with the challenge, though!

Unknown said...

Wow, this is such a great blogfest!! I wish i was able to participate :( I only do kitlit. I wonder if there is an "I'm hearing voices" floating around the blogosphere for that?

Good luck everyone, I've enjoyed reading them so far :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie, I'm a new follower to your site! :)

I think this blogfest is amazing! I've met some great new people, some awesome characters to boot--I'm loving it! Thanks for this! :)

Sari Webb said...

I tried a few times, a couple of days apart. And none of the attempts worked! I'm just going to do the posts anyway, because they look like fun. :)

MSBjaneB said...

I am having so much fun reading all of the blog posts, I am neglecting my WIP :)

DLGardner said...

Fun fest! I'm enjoying this and slacking off on my other work. I only have about 60 more posts to read!

Mark said...

Cool idea! I just hopped over from Emily's site. Luv the blog:)

Hywela Lyn said...

Phew, I'm about three quarters of the way through reading all the posts and my WIP is suffering!:) I'm really enjoying all the interviews though, each one is different and has something unique to add to the challenge!
It's 1 am here in the UK, so I'll finish off tomorrow, before I post my efort for the 2nd challenge (hopefully)

DLGardner said...

I am planning on putting up tomorrow's challenge tonight. Is that allowed?

Lady Bluestocking said...

Nope, I"m still not listed anywhere I can see here. It's okay. I find blog challenges to be fun and I'm doing it to make me write!

MSBjaneB said...

This has been a great challenge. I till have to finish my Friday piece but I just had to stop by and say thanks.

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