Formidable Characters

I’m not methodical after I get my ideas. It could be considered a fault, but I’m content to let the details just come. Sometimes I’ll throw things together with a purpose, but for the most part I come up with a name, which gives me a rough outline of the thing (place, person, etc) and allow the rest to come with the writing. Continue reading Formidable Characters

Paths Unknown

There’s often a sort of emergent synergy to writing fiction. I think it’s the reason why my elements method works for me, and probably why the ring method gives such promising interactions. I’ve found many times that the unresolved plot-holes I have in one story are answered by another, providing a link between them.

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Know your Destination

I’m back on task with rewriting the first timeline from my NaNoWriMo novel, which means I need a strategy. While the first push of words for a new opening happened last week, the overall idea that formed the based of timeline 1 has been rolling around in my mind.

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Not for General Consumption

I don’t know what people love more – giving advice, or having people take it. That’s probably more cynical than I really want to be about it. I do get a little kick whenever the advice I give to someone is helpful, but if they find another method that helps them out, that’s what I care about. I’d rather someone be writing without mental blocks than them take my advice.

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Wait a minute. This isn’t my world…

If you read my last post about it, you could be wondering exactly what I thought about Assassin’s Creed 3. You may also not be wondering, but to sum up the previous, the introductory character of Haytham Kenway seemed awesome and I was pretty excited to see what the rest of the game had in store once you took over as Connor. I was excited. I figured if that were a throwaway character, that the main part of the game had to have someone amazing in the rest. It did, but it didn’t stop me being wrong.

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Right Place, Wrong Time

I’ve been thinking a lot about places lately. The setting of the stories I write, stewing over the places I live, and picturing the details of the insane dreams I have. Some of it’s brought on by the restart of my NaNo novel – instead of starting in the thick of battle, I want to start in the thick of normal life.

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Even before the title

One of the things I do when I speak to other writers, is to ask them about what they’re writing, and try to prod them for information so that they can think about their stories more objectively. This happens even more when they’re stuck on details, and I have ways of fleshing out ideas, or strengthening existing ones. None of it really addresses the question of what to write about.

It’s vampires. The answer is always vampires.

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Elements Method

A woman sits in the park, eating an apple. At her side, her favourite blue pen and an empty notepad. It’s a cloudy day, yet occasionally the sun peeks through, lighting the trees above. She sees a boy running away from the shadows as they form. She sees a protagonist afraid of his demons.

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Question Method

“Many of my books come from what-if questions that I can’t answer, things that I’m worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American.” – Jodi Picoult

It was the start of October ’09. Various things were happening in my life, but one of the biggest was soon to come – my very first NaNoWriMo. Nerves. Oh, the nerves.

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Hey Hay, Goodbye

Assassin’s Creed 3 was released in Australia on October 30th. NaNoWriMo started on November 1st. I knew there was no way I’d be able to complete the latter if I dared open the former. Despite the temptation it presented, I managed to wait until December before opening it, and have only just begun with it.

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Wordfiends Anonymous

Many people want to write. For a lot of them, there’s that one book they want to get out of their system. It’s their Wells meets Tolkien, their Heinlein meets Rowling, or some other combination of the styles of their favourite authors. It’s not always that, but it often is.

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That pesky inaugural post

The year is almost over. Yeah, you heard me. The year known as dos-oh-un-dos to some… those that’ve just done their bit reading this post, for one… well, it’s ending soon, and here I am with a brand new blog. I’m not sure if that makes this a fantastic time to start a blog, or a fantastically BAD time.

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