Hello everybody. Don't you just hate it when you sit down to blog, you've got a plan in mind of what you want to talk about, and then... The words don't want to come? That's where I'm at today, folks, so if I sound a bit more burbly than usual, I apologize in advance. I'm … Continue reading Plotting My Downfall.*
Indirect characterization, the art of endowing your characters with personality without resorting to explanation, has always been one of my favorite things, whether I'm writing or reading. It's one of the best ways to make a story feel like life, because most of what we know about real people is communicated indirectly, through appearance, body … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 7.
You know what, people? I've never written a story with an actual antagonist. I'm not sure why exactly, since I love a good villain as much as the next person. Maybe it's because I tend to be more interested in the complex problems that arise through lack of communication, or different definitions of love, rather … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 6.
No, not in a creepy demonic possession/horror movie kind of way. I recently discovered an article by Colum McCann, stuffed full of tips for new writers. Being that it is a long article, and every paragraph contains worth pondering for hours, and I'm super busy these days, I haven't even made it to the end yet. … Continue reading Inhabit an Otherness.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/J09Hk6epQyo “I am a writer!” This is one of the most important and freeing statements any of us ever makes. It’s almost a rite of passage. The moment you can look your banker/hairdresser/pastor/aunt in the eye and tell them (without mumbling) that you are writer, hear you type—well, then, congratulations, you’ve crossed an important threshold … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 4.
Occasionally, I like keeping myself inspired by blowing my own mind. One of the ways I like to do this is by doing some science research. I don't have a math/science brain, so I never have any idea what I'm studying, but it's sure fun. Now, this all started with a friend of mine. Unlike … Continue reading Nerding about Stuff I don’t Understand.
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I'm going to mention it again: I love character-driven stories. Stories where the action and plot are determined by the characters; their motivations and hang-ups. In order to write stories like that, it's important to make sure you're writing character motivations well. Fortunately, the lovely folks over at … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 3.
Here's an excerpt from a book that I MUST track down. Immediately, if not sooner. It's called How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up, by Emilie Wapnick, and it's for people like me, who have never found that "one true passion" … Continue reading Multipotentialites Are a Thing Now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw I happen to think that, when done right, music videos are one of the most perfect art forms. I mean, they have everything. This one here is still one of my absolute favorites. I'd like to write a story with this aesthetic. That dancing samurai, though.
Writing a book is a lot of things. Fun and hard work. Terrifying and exhilarating. Time-consuming and all-absorbing. So if you are yet to take the plunge, or you are part way through the process, or you’ve just started the next book, don’t forget to make the most of these Stages of Awesomeness. They are… via … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part Two.