The fourth and final deleted scene about Jonesy, who was banished to the Island of Lost Characters…
When you’re writing a book, the words don’t always fit. You cut a character or change a scene. It may disappear from the page, but in your head, it’s still there. It’s real. It happened.
If you play with people long enough, you get to know them pretty well. It’s true in team sports, and it’s true in writing. But sometimes, there’s just not enough room in the story. Sometimes we have to cut characters from the team.
That’s what happened to Jonesy. He’s Jack and Alex’s best friend and team captain. Stand-up guy. But he had to go. I just didn’t have room on my roster.
Writers make something from nothing. We take the glimmer of an idea, and play around with it. Add dab of character here, a bit of setting there. Layer by layer, we build a story.
Every writer has a few favourite go-to resources they reach for. Tops on my bookshelf are three well-thumbed books by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi: The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Traits Thesaurus and The Negative Traits Thesaurus.
I test-drove One Stop for Writers, a new online reference library. And it rides like a dream… It’s a brilliant new writing resource from the creators of The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Traits Thesaurus and The Negative Traits Thesaurus.