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
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
For the first time in my writing life, in terms of what I’m writing, the possibility of greener pastures are unfathomable.
Continue reading A Problem of Perpetuity
When we tell stories, verbally, in writing, or through other mediums, we attempt to transport our audience to a place or time where our story could conceivably happen. We have the characters, events and plot points that are vital to telling the story, but in many ways, the setting of a story informs the tone of what’s to come.
Continue reading A Better Sense of Place
It’s been a while since I’ve bought any books on writing. I still read through blog posts about writing and do flick through the books I have at times, but the seek-advice stage of my writing has passed.
Continue reading Writing Musts: Use Your Characters
Writer’s Block. The Wall. That general Ugh feeling. Everybody hits a point where their writing gets bogged down, refusing to move forward.
Maybe you don’t know what should happen next.
Continue reading Stuck in the Mud
When writing in a setting beyond personal experience, research and exploration can steal months or more. Whether it’s a real location or one that’s come from the imagination, there is always more that could be known.
Continue reading A More Precise Place
For someone that spends a lot of time suggesting ideas to writers about what they should do, even with the obvious disclaimers that the methods I use might be completely opposed to your natural workflow, I really have a hard time with people telling other writers how to write.
Continue reading Writing Musts: Grappling With The Craft