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An Explicit Mission and Opposition

Posted by LEKokko on February 12, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 3 An Explicit Mission and Opposition

Know your character, what he wants and why. Tell him no to what he wants – make it hard to obtain.

Character Goals

As mentioned before, there are two types of conflict; internal and external. A goal is a mission.

• Possession of.

• Relief from.

• Revenge for something.

There should be short and long-term goals. The short-term goals are stepping stones in achieving the long-term goals...

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Motivation and Realism

Posted by LEKokko on February 12, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 2 Motivation and Realism

Character Motivation

The prime motivation factor (prime motivation) is an event or series of past events that shape the character’s personality. As writers, we can create a character and then manipulate their backstory in order to tell the story we want.

Create Characters with Built-in Conflict

Use their past, needs, and fears as fertile ground to conflict. Use their strengths and weaknesses against them.Backstory + Characterizati...

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Posted by LEKokko on February 12, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 1 Defining Conflict

There are two kinds of conflict: internal and external. I think these are self-explanatory as to what they are.

So, what is Conflict?

Conflict is anything that hinders the hero or protagonist from obtaining his/her goals. No conflict = No story. To have a conflict, there must be a clear goal. We are often shown characters before conflict arises, this makes us care for them. In order for conflict to matter, we have to care.

Conflict i...

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New website

Posted by LEKokko on February 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

As you can tell, I have revamped my site. I am in the process of pursuing a more professional attitude to my writing. This is my job, and as such I need ot treat it that way in every aspect.

Trimming the fat part 1

Posted by LEKokko on March 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (10)

Trimming the fat

We live in a culture obsessed with living healthy. More people frequent health spas and gyms than ever before. Gym memberships are a nineteen BILLION dollar industry with over 45 million members as of 2008 and growing.

Spin classes are wildly popular for all ages.

Just like the need to trim our body fat, us writers need to trim the fat in our stories. We are all guilty of being wordy at t...

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Welcome back

Posted by LEKokko on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back to my new/old website and blog. For some reason my other blog went bye-bye. My site was getting to expesive to maintain, so here I am, back to where I started.

Just to catch everyone up, I am still unemployed (going on 5 months now). My social security disability is still pending, my VA disablity rating is still pending, I am getting unemployment.

I am working with my puiblisher, scriptor publishing, to get my novel Blood Alley out the door and onto Kindle, Nook, and ...

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Field Trip

Posted by LEKokko on August 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (0)

I just got back from a trip to Natchez, Mississippi. My wife wanted to visit a classmate she hadn't seen in a number of years (I'm not about to say how many).  I expected a small town with nothing much to do. Boy, I was I wrong.


Natchez is a pre-civil war historical site. We took a carriage ride around town,. The driver did an excelelnt job of relating the rich hetritage the town enjoys. Many of the antebellum style homes are still lived in, and are in immaculate shape...

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New group

Posted by LEKokko on August 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM Comments comments (0)

On August 17th, I will begin teaching creative writing at the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa.  The meetings will be held every Tuesday from 10 A.M. to Noon.  This is, in part, to fulfill my 50 hours of internship requirements for my MFA.  But I plan on staying on afterward, if they let me.


If you want ot join in, they are located at 9704 N. Boulevard, Tampa.  813 932-0241

Proud Grandpa

Posted by LEKokko on July 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM Comments comments (0)

I am the very proud grandpa of my first grandson. His name is Kayden Michael Garcia. He made his grand entrance on July 21st at 10:55 A.M. He was 33 days early, but is healthy and hungry. Check out his pictures in the Gallery.

Great news

Posted by LEKokko on July 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)

I have a job, two actually, dealing with writing.


The first is a "teaching" job at the Life Enrichment Center. It is really a critique group I will be heading. The center a Senior Center.  I will be there every Tuesday for a couple of hours, strating mid-August.


The second deals with an online literary magazine.  I am now a regular contributor to the Aegis Literary Review. You find my stories at http://a...

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