"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." -Cicero, c. 43 BCE I guess some things never change. Maybe things aren't as bad as we think they are. Either that, or things are always horrible.
"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." -Agatha Christie Monotony is a good thing. Don't make anything too precious. Take Dame Agatha's word for it. She should know.
Fight scenes. Action. Stuff that used to intimidate me as a writer, until the end of last November. Seriously folks, before last fall, I had never attempted to write a fight scene. I was petrified by the idea. But I knew that in order to make my NaNovel work, somebody was gonna have to get … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 8.
I've been living for this video over the past couple of weeks. Lin-Manuel Miranda on not giving up and saying no to your friends so you can say yes to your work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI_jVkV0AJs Fun fact: Hamilton is in my area this month and I just... I had a look at ticket prices. There's no way … Continue reading You’re Gonna Leave that Idea Stuck in Your Head Forever?
Word clouds, that is. Like this one: Cool, right? Useful, too. I generated this using WordItOut (as you can totally see from the watermark, but I needed a place to put the link so whatever) by pasting in the text of a bit of flash I wrote in 2015. There are plenty of word cloud … Continue reading Clouds of Witness.
Okay, one last post in my Writer Fitness series. This one should be an obvious for us hand-users, but really, they're so easy to neglect. Until the stabbing pain sets in, of course. To hold that at bay, here's a great ten-minute yoga sequence for wrists and fingers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSD35Q15rm8 And that's that! I hope this … Continue reading No More Ouchy Hands.