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.
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.
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.*
"CHIM is like lucid dreaming, but with superpowers." -Vivec
Stephen King believes that the writer's notebook is an excellent way to make bad ideas permanent. I tend to agree with him.
As a man and a writer, the only thing more difficult than describing women's fashion is describing men's.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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