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This blog was my online wordsmith workshop, where you'll find notes on my writing experiences, excerpts from my fantasy and science fiction novels, and essays of a more homeworld flavor.  Some of the advice therein may still be of interest to new writers so I have left it here but due to technical difficulties, I no longer post here regularly.  You can look me up on Dreamwidth, although I do not post frequently. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's been slower to get here than usual and as a result I'm behind my holiday preparation shedule but trying to catch up, so here it is: chaos. Trips, errands, jury duty, car stuff, end-of-year everything, packages to mail, but I try to write at least a little every night, still, and sometimes more journaling and other writing even than usual, to relieve stress, ot organize thoughts, plans, and actions, to slip into a "calmer" world (of adventure romance, space flights, battles... but I have some control and that makes all the difference). Posts will be irregular for what remains of the year, but I'll keep plugging away.

Writer's challenge: writing something every day for the remainder of the year. Continue the habit into 2013.
12 dec 12 @ 9:48 pm

Friday, December 7, 2012

Why do writer's write?
What else is a pen for?
What else is a keyboard for? (For the middling modern: what else are thumbs for? For the most up-to-date: What else is a fingertip for?)
Why else make paper?
It's safer than saying it aloud.
It's safer than telling your boss to---
It's more fun than speaking to an empty room.
It's more fun than anything I can think of.
Why not?
And how else would you spend your time?
Sleeping takes effort.
How else can I build my own world and live in it?
How else can I live in the past?
How else can I design people the way they should be?
Where else can I --- the person I'm mad at?
Who else can record what's in my head?
No one else is writing what I want to read.
My other favorite author died.
No one else will tell my story the way I want it.
It's better than throwing a mug through my t.v.
There's nothing on t.v. worth watching. Maybe they'll use my story as a script.
Maybe someone will want to read it after I die.
Why not?
I can't seem to stop.
There is never enough time in the day to write it all down but I can try.
Is there any other way to communicate?

Writer's challenge: Write a blog, status post, or letter about why you write.
Writer's prompt: I was just minding my own business when someone shoved a note in my hand. I opened it up...
7 dec 12 @ 6:32 pm

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Why the classics are classics
Watching Rudolph for the umpteenth time. It has many lessons for writer's struggling with revising their story:

It has central characters and side characters that play meaningful roles. Minor characters that don't play significant roles in the story are just there without names or characteristics of interest.

It has a world with rules that are never stated, only shown through characters and the story action: normal reindeer have black noses, elves enjoy work and singing and have to practice their behavior, reindeer fly (or at least male ones) and have certain expectations regarding career path, partially dependent on visual characteristics.

It has a little romance as a driving force along with pride, personal preferences, and dreams/wishes, all of them pushing the central characters along through their adventures. The wishes/goals of the characters come in and out of alignment, forcing changes in interaction, conflict, challenges, and all the things that make each scene a point of change and interest.

Challenges include a nice mix of elements inherent in the culture, self-generated problems (bad choices, problematic characteristics), and some external adversaries.

Solutions come in stages and problems build to a climax with an end to the climax and a resolution of side problems stemming therefrom.

Altogether, it has all the characteristics of a good story. If your story is struggling, figuring out which of these basic pieces is missing may solve the problem.

Writer's challenge: list all the features of your favorite story or movie that make it great. Use it as a check list for one of your stories.
4 dec 12 @ 7:31 pm

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