I’d be the first to say that sometimes when you write, things can get away from you. Some writers talk about how a character acts autonomously, or how the events that happen on the page divert wildly from what they first imagined. It seems strange to others since writing appears to be a conscious act, but for some the subconscious interjects with its take, unable to be wrangled.
OR ARE THEY?
Continue reading Who The Hell Is Writing This Shit Anyway?
I’ve been dabbling a little with a thing called Twine over the past few days, which is a cool way to make a game that’s a little more accessible than putting together a graphical game would be. I’m only starting with it, but already finding ways to do things that take me back to the game programming of my younger years.
Continue reading A Distraction in Twine
I can never tell if it’s ambition, self-belief, or some other factor that drives me to write to the lengths that I do. As much as I pay heed to the idea that there are no new stories, that things have been done before or that what we do as writers is only regurgitating the stuff of life into a form easier to get through, I know the reality of where I want to take it is somewhere else.
Continue reading Aim for Amazing
I’ve actually been working on my novel. This will be a surprise to some. The fact that this could possibly be a surprise to people that read this blog that don’t know me is two-fold: a writer working on their novel shouldn’t be a surprise, and it being a potential surprise is in itself a possible surprise.
Continue reading Going Where It Needs To
I’m not a big proponent of cross-pollination with my pursuits. Whenever I was involved with an online community, I tried my best to make my involvement about that thing. Even with this blog, formed as it was out of the embers of NaNoWriMo 2012, I considered it inappropriate to promote it in places meant for NaNoWriMo. That also made it easier for me to stamp out self-promotion by others that’d otherwise hijack conversation.
Continue reading My Slice of Glory
It’s not easy to find that sweet spot that provides exactly the right amount of information.
The line between spoon-feeding information and being clear is a troublesome one, especially when you want to maintain some air of mystery about what you’re writing. Nobody wants their story to be predictable, though it should without equivocation be justifiable.
Continue reading The Balancing Act
The one thing that hasn’t changed with the word is that content is still king. It governs almost everything in terms of audience and reach, though it’s true that marketing (or promotion, brand, or whatever other stand-in term it is you cling to) plays a part too. The maxim of Quality over Quantity is still true, but when everyone is a content creator in some way, the saying becomes more of a tendency than a fixed rule.
Continue reading Quantity Still Matters
The death of David Bowie probably hit some harder than it hit me, but it was still a great loss for me personally. The death of Alan Rickman did not carry quite the same gravity for me personality, but I know others who felt that one harder. From both passings, a few brief thoughts spring forth.
Continue reading Create
I’ve realised something.
I could not care less about whether someone does like or doesn’t like a thing. No spoilers or even commentary on it ahead, but I recently saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Continue reading On reviews…
Blacklists and bullshit.
Writing trash is a fortunate thing.
That’s my writing in that space. Trash.
Continue reading Actually…
I don’t do this very often. Yes, blog (shush), but also follow up a previous must. In Use Your Characters, I extolled the virtues of being lazy, and by being lazy I mean using the characters you’ve already built up in ways that makes sense for them characters, instead of trying to force a new path through your story.
That’s still true, but there’s more.
Continue reading Writing Musts: Use Your Characters Again
That’s what we say now, ain’t it.
Here’s my little spiel, entry, a post, write-up, thoughts, a few words, or the like. We don’t write stories or articles or features, but things and bits and just plain about.
Continue reading I Wrote A Thing…
One of the things that’s surprised me about being a parent is that my son often feels like a miniature version of myself. I can see where some of it comes from, presupposing that it’s the way I act that influences the way he acts, but it’s the bits outside that make me wonder if a big part of his personality wasn’t just in there from day one.
Continue reading It’s My Story
First draft of an exercise-type piece of writing. It’s a one-off done in a lunchbreak, not very long, but a shot at reinforcing a practice that’s been missing of late.
Continue reading A Little Scratch of Prose
So time to talk about For More Than Earthly Ends, that thing I should be working on more but have had trouble fitting in after moving house, jobs, offices, gaining a baby, having a regular game journalist gig, and well, all those other bits of life. I have been floundering on the rewrite since about December, and a lot of the reasons listed above are big reasons.
I’m still struggling with one particular chapter, and I think it’s because there’s a lot more that happens in it than originally did.
Continue reading Revisiting Your World
One of the things people will tell you is that as a writer, you have to meet their expectations. This might seem like a challenging thing to have to do, considering that the world is full of billions of people, but it’s much easier than making up your own mind or having your own principles.
A simple question is all you have to ask – will this upset somebody? Yes? Then don’t write it.
Continue reading Writing Musts: Follow Everyone Else’s Standards
As I throw some thoughts into here, the ones below (ooh, time travel? Nah, just editing. Well, writing. Shhh), there’s a blank space up top that reads “Enter title here.”
I like that. That’s why it’s there on the post.
Continue reading Enter title here
I don’t know if I’ve talked about it before (probably), but a big part of why I write is to provoke discussion. When it comes to advice, or my game journalism stuff for Save Game, I hope that I’m being informative and that people are getting benefits that way.
Continue reading Motivations
You can read that title over and over, stressing a different word each time, and find the glimmer of another meaning. Even within a single word, the intonation could be subtly altered, and so too would the meaning be altered. I suppose that’s the purpose of punctuation, but they’re never quite right in a title. Besides, I love a bit of ambiguity.
Continue reading Lost in Ways
They like it or follow as the headline scrolls by
But the idea of reading it doesn’t take root.
Even clicking the title seems a price just too high,
and growing seeds of ideas? They just want the fruit.
Continue reading Nobody Reads Anything
Ideas time. Kinda.
During the year, one of the things expressed by a few of the people in my wonderful writing group is that they think I should do workshops. How things are at the moment, I tend to spend time with each person that comes along and if they’re running into issues with the writing process, particular when it comes to where things go, ironing out plot-creases or filling plot-holes, I jump in.
Continue reading Some Kind of Workshop
In case you hadn’t heard, I started writing for Save Game back in August this year. I can’t remember when the site first popped onto my radar but can say it had become my first stop for any gaming-related news long before. It’s one of the reasons you won’t see much in the way of games writing on Fictioner’s Net anymore.
Continue reading Entry Zero: A New Side-Project
I love writing. I also love that people love writing. The whole reason I started this blog was because I had lots of ideas about writing and from my experiences in talking to others about writing, realised that I also loved helping people with theirs. Sure, it’s not quite as effective as it would be in person, but if Fictioner’s Net hits upon even a single percent of what I do in person, I figure that’s a good thing.
Continue reading Maybe You Should Wait A Day Before Sending Out Your Manuscript
I used to have a serious issue with sticking to ideas. I’d begin work on a new story idea and once I’d gotten past the honeymoon stage where things shift from fresh and exciting to actually being work, I’d start getting new ideas.
Continue reading Sometimes New and Shiny is Dull and Shallow