The stories we enjoy tend to influence what kind of stories we write. Which is all well and good, because we’re supposed to write what we ourselves enjoy, but no one wants to pay money for a story that is exactly like the movie they just saw. On one hand, there is nothing new under the sun. On the other hand, there are new ways to combine things, and new perspectives, and ways to infinitely tweak all the old favorites until it’s something new and fun and creative. (And also not subject to a plagiarism lawsuit, for a practical reason.) Continue reading
Subtitle: I have a schedule now that only Google is capable of remembering and somehow I still expected myself to keep writing at the same pace as when I had almost nothing else to do.
This was mostly just a post about my frustration with myself. Or it was, until I remembered the fact that this struggle is hardly unique to me, so now it’s kind of an attempt at commiseration. Because all writers go through this. Continue reading
The initial design of a blog is important, and I honestly did not spend very long on mine. For once, I can honestly say this was not out of laziness but more because the sheer array of choices (even among the free options that are all I can afford) is bewildering. I went with the first design that caught my fancy and that’s what I’ve stuck with since then. Now it’s time to do a little better. Continue reading
This is a fantastic post! I needed the reminder that a) I don’t know everything and b) energy doesn’t have to be limitless. Also, “not a jackass whisperer.” Going to have to remember that one.
Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Steve Snodgrass
All of us start out writing for different reasons. Perhaps we have dreams of seeing New York Times Best Seller or USA Today Best Seller in front of our names. Perhaps we long to be a household name like Stephen King or even a legend like J.K Rowling.
Some of you might want to see Winner of the Pulitzer Prize on the cover of your books or see your books made into television or major motion pictures. Some writers simply want to finish that one novel and publish it so they can say they wrote a novel.
Every dream is equally noble. There are no right or wrong goals only your goals (and goals evolve as we do). Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the level of sacrifice and self-discipline required to Write a Novel in…
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Well, as you can see, my word count is right at the 3/5 mark, which I am very proud of. What I am not so proud of is the fact that I actually wanted to be closer to 4/5 of the way through.
My characters are currently on the run, but haven’t been arrested yet.
But they might wish they were arrested because they’re about to run into the Pirate Queen.
I finally got the introductions out of the way, and I’ve got my plot rolling. Now it’s time to have some fun!
How’s everyone else doing at NaNoWriMo? Still on track or falling behind a bit?
Week Four, and I’m almost two-thirds of the way through my book, but a scant 1000 words away from winning Camp NaNoWriMo. Which is not as far as I wanted, but it’s what I should have expected because the first drafts of my books always end up ridiculously long. Here’s one last post from my old blog, this one about outlines (that thing I always tell myself I’m going to write out in detail before writing my book but somehow it only ever gets filled in later).
The writing community is composed of two kinds of people: the planners and the pantsers. The planners make outlines and lists and meticulously detail everything before writing that first word. The pantsers earn their name because they fly by the seat of their pants, just starting their work and seeing where it goes from there. Most people will do some combination of both, depending on the type of writing and the need to change things up, but sooner or later a clear preference between the two emerges.
I am a planner. I create outlines and lists and collect a lot of information before I put down the first word of a story. Even for smaller pieces, short stories, I’ll make an outline and decide certain details before I start. Sometimes the outline only goes until about halfway through the book because I don’t know the ending, but most times it…
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This is Week Three of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m presently in what I like to call a death spiral. I got behind on my word count, and instead of working harder to catch up, I look at the words I want to write and freak out and get further behind. (I’m up to 9000 words under where I want to be. Yay.) Had the idea today that I could have written a few more posts in advance to keep up this blog, but then it occurred to me that these old blog posts count as writing in advance. Here’s one about a character I was writing at the time. Reminds me of Jiurt, a little (more about him after this draft is finished and I can think again).
I have backed myself into a corner in terms of one of my characters. His name is York, and he isn’t the main character so I kind of forgot to develop him and his character traits as I wrote the book he appears in, so he’s kind of weird and not a very well characterized person. Of course, the way the book is currently written he’s also essential to the plot as the aggressive, enigmatic anti-hero who may or may not turn out to be a decent person in the end. He does this job fairly well, fulfills his role and all that, but he doesn’t have much more than a basic personality which makes him seem kind of flat. My job for today: to make him a better-rounded character without accidentally changing his role in the plot too much.
The first thing to fix is his flaws. It’s not…
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Week Two of Camp! I’m …. Fair to say I don’t have much energy left to write a blog post. Here’s one from my old blog.
One of the things that has been drilled into me pretty thoroughly over the years is that everything I watch or read or see or do influences me. On one level, that’s creepy because it affects how I act. On another level, it’s absolutely fascinating because those books and movies and TV shows that I watched as a kid are still affecting what books and movies and TV shows I love today, even if I can’t stand those original favorites. What’s interesting to me in particular is how it has possibly affected my writing, so I’m looking back at a few. The list of media that I’ve consumed in my life is a long one, so for the sake of this post I’ll just narrow it down to those first few favorites that I can remember.
My favorite book was the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for a very…
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It’s the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m working hard at my novel. Here’s another post I wrote on a previous blog, about descriptions and the role they play in writing.
For a while I tried writing yet another blog. It didn’t go very well, because I wasn’t willing to put in the time necessary to put out more than one post a month (and sometimes less than that). They are longer, though, and more polished because I let them germinate for more time. Here’s one of those posts!
Editing is terrifying. Taking my baby, my beautiful book, and tearing it to shreds like it was beset by a pack of ravenous wolves is a horrifying process to begin with. Of course, usually by the time I get around to it, it’s less of a horror movie and more along the lines of having to do my taxes. It absolutely has to be done, but if you do it wrong it ends with humiliation and/or possibly jail time.
Of course, as with all other writing there are no hard and fast rules, which means that editing a book is an exercise in guesswork. The rules change constantly, and it usually ends with me tearing my hair out (or some other cliche that I’m not allowed to use in my book according to the rules of editing). Each author has a different process that works best for them, and each…
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