writing

A collection of 27 posts

Mar 8, 2018

Scene 1, version 100

Scene 1, version 100

For the past several months, I've struggled with the beginning of my third draft. There is tension between the need to introduce the protagonist in her element, with her core traits revealed to the reader, and the need to introduce the setting and plot she will encounter.

Mar 1, 2018

Good, Evil, and You

Good, Evil, and You

I've been reading a lot lately about how to create compelling characters, how to build effective villains, and I've been chewing bubble gum. Now I'm all out of gum.

Feb 19, 2018

Character competence and conflict

Character competence and conflict

Against everyone else's better judgment, I began watching *Legend of Korra.* This happened partly because my new so-called internet taps out at 25 megabit and partly because damn. *Damn.*

Feb 4, 2018

CHIM

CHIM

"CHIM is like lucid dreaming, but with superpowers." -Vivec

Jan 30, 2018

The writer's notebook

The writer's notebook

Stephen King believes that the writer's notebook is an excellent way to make bad ideas permanent. I tend to agree with him.

Jan 24, 2018

Character appearance

Character appearance

I usually don't describe my main characters. Partly this is because I don't write Mary Sue characters. Partly, I just don't know what they look like.

Jan 22, 2018

Movement

Movement

When writing, there are times when you know what needs to happen next, but it just isn't happening. I have found that's a good time to pick up shop and move house.

Jan 17, 2018

Scene and sequel

Scene and sequel

In my latest draft (currently 15.5k words), I've been marking scenes as being Type 1 or Type 2. I think I'm wasting my damn time.

Jan 12, 2018

wtf poe shitdammit

Look, goddammit... Warships cost more than warplanes. LOOK. Relative cost of USS Gerald R. Ford and a modern F/A-18 Super Hornet See that? That tiny slice is so small that Microsoft Excel

Jan 12, 2018

Chapter 1...

Chapter 1...

No, you don't get to read the first chapter here for free. Not yet, anyway. (Hell, who would want to?) Ok, enough negativity. Here's the story: sacrifice [rewrite] ncount chapters/c01* c01-1.nv:

Jan 11, 2018

ncount

ncount

It's good to get excited about something dumb now and then. I won't deny that wc(1) is a pretty handy tool. I've gotten a lot of use out of it in the