No matter what your endeavor, this is true. It comes across most clearly in my own life when I think about my nearly thirteen years of training in classical ballet. Although I started to dance at an age when most dancers have been training for over half of their short lives, I stuck with it, … Continue reading Stick With It.
I recently heard of a psychiatric disorder called the "Glass Delusion" in which people believe themselves to be made of glass. Turning it over in my mind, I decided to try flipping it around. What might it be like if somebody believed the world to be made of glass, and they are the only solid thing in it? Here's … Continue reading Glass.
You know those bags full of live crickets you can buy to feed reptilian pets? Well, imagine you are holding one of those bags, and it suddenly slips from your hands and bursts open on the floor. Hundreds of crickets go leaping off in every direction, while you scrabble around on your hands and knees, … Continue reading Like a Bag of Crickets.
So I'm finally reading The Great Gatsby. That's right. I've never read it before this, in spite of my love of Fitzgerald's writing. I'm only about five chapters in, so far, but I can already see why it is considered his masterpiece. His writing is so lovely. For the most part, it just flows along, … Continue reading Good Old Fitz.
Today I am working from two prompts in my little Pocket Muse. I opened it at random, and on facing pages were the words "Your character is being followed." and "There is a coat. The coat has a pocket. What is inside the pocket?" I just dashed this out five minutes ago, so don't judge. … Continue reading A Beginning.
I love backstory. Characters with rich histories that form their personalities and worldviews are what drive much of the world's greatest literature. Backstory is what gives a character's beliefs and actions psychological validity, and creates an access point for readers to understand and even predict the motion of the story. Of course, there is a … Continue reading Up Front About Backstory.
“Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.” -- Cicero Unfffh. Guys, I expected to come home from my adventures with so much to write about. But no. I'm actually still reeling a bit, and recuperating from a nasty cold, so writing has been very, very hard. Like, massively hard. So this quote … Continue reading When the Ideas Aren’t Flowing.
I'm baaaaaaack! Actually, I got home from Canada on Friday, did massive loads of laundry on Saturday (instead of going to my dance classes like I should have), then my brother and I went to a mindblowingly (Yes, yes, Spellcheck, don't give me that red zigzag. I'm perfectly aware of my invention. If Shakespeare can do … Continue reading Where Have I Been?