Talking with my family over dinner one recent evening, the topic of conversation came around to outlines. They’re an integral part of writing, but I hadn’t realized just how useful a good outline is in completely different careers. I used to aspire to be a pantser (one who manages to sit down and write a book from their heart with minimal input) and now I’m very firmly a plotter, as I always have been. Aka, one who uses outlines. Continue reading “The Universal Value of a Good Outline”
Ongoing education is kind of a big deal, because it keeps your brain sharp and it also helps make you competitive in the terrible modern job market. It’s also, unfortunately, something that I have to do myself. Continue reading “Back To School”
This post is cheating, because I am too busy working on my summer to-do list and getting it finished. Because technically, it’s still summer, and I still have time to make my goal. Continue reading “End of Summer”
Finally, months after most of them finished, I’m catching up on the TV shows I watch. Unfortunately, for the most part, I am underwhelmed, and even the ones I liked were usually depressing. (Seriously! Is no one on TV allowed to have a happy ending anymore?) But it got me thinking about story endings, and what makes them good or bad. Continue reading “Disappointing Endings”
It’s really hard to figure out what to blog about when I have no particular areas of expertise and am not a very interesting person. I’m not. I don’t go interesting places, I stick pretty much to myself so it’s not like I’m getting into these crazy adventures all the time with my friends. Not that I don’t still have adventures, they’re just spaced out. I have my schedule and my to-do lists that I follow. I go to work, I come home and write, watch a bunch of TV. Continue reading “I Am Boring”
(Last one, I promise!) In case it isn’t clear, I really enjoyed Star Wars Rebels and I think people should watch it if they like Star Wars and cartoons. It’s a fun series, and there’s a lot of things I think they did right when they told these stories. I know I said rules in the title, but it’s really more a set of observations about things that work well. Not all of them apply to all stories, and some of them might just be fun story elements for all I know.
Anyhow, here’s a few things that make a good series finale. Continue reading “Making a Good Series Finale”
Star Wars Rebels is also a sequel, and a pretty darned good one. Not so much to Star Wars I-III, but to the Clone Wars TV show. It reuses both the half hour cartoon format, and a few of the characters. And like being a prequel, there are a few things that make it a good sequel that I think can apply to other stories. Continue reading “What Makes a Great Sequel”