A fictional character. A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, PEOPLE, JEEZ! I'm not a murderer. That being said, I've got a confession to make. I've had a story running around in my head for a number of years now, but I know that in order to make it have the right impact, somebody is going to have to … Continue reading How do you Know if it’s Okay to Kill Someone?
"If there is no room in poetry for difficulty, where is difficulty to go? Just as poetry provides a home for ambiguity, it offers difficulty a place to be dramatized if not solved." -Billy Collins He goes on, however, to emphasize that there is a difference between wrestling with difficulty and deliberately making things obscure.
You guyssssss I am SO SORRY for the lack of posting. This has been a rough month for me. There has been a lot of stuff going on in my other lives, both as a human being and as a Young Life leader. Some of it good, some of it not so good. Plus I've … Continue reading Get in Front of a Crowd.
"To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist." -Jasper Johns I recently discovered Jasper Johns. He's got some good stuff to say about art and the creative process. As usual, swap in the word "writer" for "artist." Or just shrug and say "A writer is … Continue reading Give Up Everything.
My writing has gone down the drain again. A bit of bad critique, plus a whole lot of busyness, mixed in with a little... I don't know, Seasonal Affective Disorder maybe? At any rate, there hasn't been much writing going on in the past couple of weeks, and what little there has been turned out … Continue reading Just Read, for Goodness Sake.
"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.