Patience, Grasshopper

Toni and I have both hit moments of panic this week. We’re not sure how the story works. We don’t have the acts figured out. My antagonist disappears at the midpoint. How does person X know this about person Y? WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE END??????

Another good thing about collaboration: as long as everybody doesn’t panic at once, there’s always somebody there to talk you down. Continue reading

Nothing Happens Nowhere

Eudora Welty said, “Nothing happens nowhere,” and she’s right: setting is huge in storytelling. The place, time, and people observing the action aren’t just wallpaper, they have a big impact on what happens in the scene. Add building your own fantasy world to that, and things get complicated. Continue reading

Back to Basics: Ticker Counter

I’m putting this here so I have a URL for my word counts. Hey, all the posts can’t be winners.

Ticker Counter: Nano without the hassle:

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Writing: It's More Than Typing

Many years ago, I used to imagine what it would be like to be a writer. A writer would sit in his or her study, gazing out at trees or a nice lake, drink some tea, and then start to type. “Chapter One.” A couple of weeks and many gallons of tea later, he or she would type “The End” and send the manuscript off to the publisher, and then sit looking out at the trees or the lake, full of accomplishment and caffeine.

I wasn’t completely wrong.
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