Character Playlist

Feb 28th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

When I started writing again, I found having music going in the background helped me to zone in. I was not a silent worker. I listen to music and I talk out loud. Most of my runs help me to plot out next the chapters. We started paying for Spotify and there was no going back. When I started writing Dandelion, I took the whole…

lost

Feb 24th, 2019 A Year on The Porch arstanley 2 min read

I’ve started losing things. It’s very unlike me. I’m usually the finder in the house. Skyler lost a pair of shoes, which in and of itself is ridiculous when you were a size 10 1/2 men’s, but regardless, it happened. Even I couldn’t find them. It took us close to a week to locate them. I lost my house keys two weeks ago. I lost…

Character Binders

Feb 21st, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

My favorite tool for creating characters is my character binders. I got this idea when I started writing my first novel. I had scraps of ideas all over the place and knew I needed to organize it all. I created binders and a BuJo for Characters When Dandelion started to come together, I began writing a lot of backstories. Dee’s relationship with Aaron was complicated,…

workmanship

Feb 18th, 2019 A Year on The Porch arstanley 3 min read

A running theme for me over the last several years has been food and entertaining. I set a goal to invite more people into our home and cook them good food. I did ok with inviting people over, not as well as I would have liked, but better than it had been before that. The big change happened when my brother started eating a meal…

hiding

Feb 14th, 2019 A Year on The Porch arstanley 3 min read

I was organizing pictures on my computer a few days ago. The boys came in and wanted to scroll through old pictures. I knew my weight had fluctuated a lot in the last 9 years and in 2017 I realized I had a problem. After Gideon was born, I lost all the baby weight and then some. I had changed my eating, joined the gym,…

Character Boards

Feb 14th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

I’m a visual learner. If I want to learn a new art technique, cooking skill, house repair, I look for videos and pictures to walk me through the steps. When I got serious about my writing I realized I could do the same for my characters. I used Pinterest to work for me. As I imagined my characters, I often got a “feeling” about them…

memory

Feb 7th, 2019 A Year on The Porch arstanley 5 min read

I’ve been struggling to write this post. I’ve been struggling with this part of our story, quite honestly, for a long time. It’s part of our story I hate to say aloud. It’s part of our story I feel people don’t believe, or don’t get, or can’t comprehend. I want to feel validated and until recently I didn’t. Perhaps it was through the validation of…

Character Series

Feb 7th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

That Stephen King quote hangs in my old writing cabinet. The cabinet that used to house my computer before we turned the extra bedroom into my studio. It is one of my favorite quotes. I think about it when I begin a new book and often when I begin a new chapter. An opening line can hook a reader, but great characters keep them coming…