Support Systems: My Number One Fan

There are many support systems a writer can turn to and some of them may be as close as the next room. A few years ago when i wrote my first science fiction screenplay Paradox, I received great motivation and insight from my poetry writing, movie going thirteen year old daughter Catherine. You wouldn’t expect that from a young teen, but her suggestions were invaluable.

After reading my script, Catherine recommended changes in dialogue responses that added conflict and foreshadowing to many scenes. Her observations about my characters helped me build better secondary characters, a delicious antagonist that everyone will love to hate, and kept my protagonist always in character. Later when I adapted Paradox to novel format, she suggested tweaks to dialogue that improved characterization. Her poetry writing habit of always searching for the right word improved my manuscript with a few minor words changes.

My arduous journey to publication may be a lonely one, but at least I had my number one fan in my corner.



16 thoughts on “Support Systems: My Number One Fan

  1. My 17-year-old was a beta reader for my latest novel. He was 15 when he read it, which was perfect because I have a 15-year-old character in it. Not only did he give me insight into the character’s mind, he offered great insight for the novel in general. We should never underestimate teenagers. I plan to use him again as a beta reader for my current WIP!

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    • Congrats. It is amazing how our teens can provide such helpful hints. If I were a writer of MG or YA I would definitely take advantage of having a teen in my house. My daughter always wanted to be a director, so she had a keen eye for weaknesses in my novels and screenplays. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.


      • Good for your daughter. We need more female directors! I don’t even write YA. I write adult fiction, and my son’s insight was still invaluable. Then again, he’s a great writer (according to his teachers). I suspect he’ll have a bestseller long before me. Sigh.

        Look at us bragging about our kids. Just as it should be, right? 🙂

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  2. Again, you have put words to what I have been thinking. I have one or two friends that read my posts but I don’t have a support system. Not having one makes feel lonely. It seems everyone is in a hurry. Let me tell my kids to grow up fast

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  3. So you started with a screenplay and developed it into a novel… I’ve wondered about trying to write a screenplay. My novels are so full of dialogue after all. Perhaps in the doldrums of winter when we are not so busy, you could give me some pointers?

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