What is a good profession for a modern-day villain? Answer via comments on this blog, mentions on Twitter, or Facebook and I'll keep the comments here updated with your responses. Please no repeats, post something that hasn't been said! Just post something - It doesn't matter how "good" the idea is, the purpose of the … Continue reading Generating Story Ideas: Brainstorming Poll
In his work The Wound and the Bow, Edmund Wilson discusses the relationship between art and madness. He has said, “genius and disease, like strength and mutation, may be inextricably bound up together”. The lives of many great American novelists seem to support this theory; in the lives of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway we find … Continue reading The Hemingway Defense – The Role of Substance Abuse in Writing
A lot has happened to me since Writing for Charity. Somewhere in that time, I got a job, went through midterms, moved, lost my mind, pulled my head out of my butt (no, not literally… that’s disgusting, what’s the matter with you?), exercised, laughed, ate brownies, and did a hell of a lot of homework. … Continue reading November Approaches…
I know. I've already written one blog about Writer's Block and another about how to use a Simple Outline, but now NaNoWriMo is officially done and over. The official status of my manuscript is 37,796 words. In the "official" standards of NaNoWriMo, I didn't "Win". You win by finishing 50,000 words in one month. However, … Continue reading What I learned at NaNoWriMo
Every writer is different. But for those of us who need a simple outline, for the sake of making sure nothing is missing in our story, I've adopted a Seven-Step Outline from Dan Wells' Blog. Hook Plot Step 1 Pinch Midpoint Plot Step 2 Pinch Resolution I'll give you an example of how to use … Continue reading Story Skeleton; A Simple Seven-Step Outline
Participating in NaNoWriMo, so far, has been a day-by-day learning experience, with a huge curve. One of the largest learning curves was learning to deal with this horrible disease we aspiring writers call "Writer's Block". I've discovered four strains of the disease, which each effected me in turn in my attempt to write my first … Continue reading Pandemic; Writer’s Block
Yeah. So I'm writing this blog as an answer to my own ramblings just two blogs ago. Let me give you a moment to wrap your head around that and catch up... ok here we are. Welcome! I don't know how many of you read this, but I'm keeping you posted anyway because... that's what … Continue reading Writing… Again!