I’ve been e-mailing with Krissie who keeps defending Lucifer, and I started to tell her how I’d do it, and I thought, “Wait. Blog post and then everybody can come in and tell me why I’m wrong.” So here’s me brainstorming my Lucifer: Continue reading
This is another one from Draft Vault, and it included this note: “Somehow I hit “Publish” while this was still in draft form. Therefore, whatever went out in the RSS feed was a rough draft. Sorry about that.” I’m pretty sure I cut almost all of the previous draft, so this shouldn’t be a re-run at all.
Cate M asked:
“Could you do a post on a character chemistry? Not necessarily romantic chemistry, although that would be helpful too. Basically, once you’ve got your checklist of goals, motivation, conflict, how do you make sure the characters are actually fun to spend time with, and better together than they are apart?” Continue reading
Welcome to Deep Thoughts Tuesdays. Well, deep-ish thoughts.
On a whim, I ordered a journal called The 52 Lists Project, the idea being that you make a list each week following whatever prompt the book gives you. The second list is “List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.”
I’m having a hard time with that. Continue reading
My computer is developing alarming symptoms (lines, flickering screen, very slow restarts) and I have a lot of snow to shovel, so if I fall silent in the comments, it’s just because I’m digging myself out or on the way to the Genius Bar in a panic. The latest in the Structure series (Escalation and Pacing) is up on the Writing/Romance blog now, and I have a Draft Vault post scheduled for Tuesday and a Questionable scheduled for Wednesday, so at least you’ll be getting posts. Argh.
UPDATE: I shoveled. The dogs are there in the picture for scale . . . Continue reading
Today is Pie Day.
Not to be confused with Pi Day, which is March 14 and which, tragically, does not fall on a Saturday this year.
It’s always something.
I’m trying desperately to get organized here. There’s a storm coming in so I won’t be going anywhere until next week anyway, I’m stocked up on bottled water and dog food, and I need to clear out my blog, my work docket, and my cottage. So I’m starting with the blog because I don’t have to get out of bed to do that. I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it! Let’s do it!
Here’s the plan: Continue reading
Every now and then my Close Personal Friend Susan Elizabeth Phillips sends me a picture of her office, which is always expensively spotless:
You know how she got that picture? She has a freaking balcony in there because her office has cathedral ceilings. So I send her a picture of my office, which has no ceiling because I bought a derelict cottage in the wilds of New Jersey and then tried to move from a 4000 square foot house into 900 square feet of charming shanty: Continue reading
I am fascinated by and want more about patterned structures in story-telling. I don’t have a specific question, though . . . .
To understand patterned structure, you have to forget cause-and-effect, chronological order, and time as indicators of story movement. Patterned structure is an entirely different animal, in many ways female to the overtly male linear structure. Continue reading
I’m working on the Writing/Romance stuff, and I just added an example using Maybe This Time. So you know, a book. But I always feel that using a movie is better because more people will have seen a popular movie than will have read almost any popular book. The only things movies can’t illustrate as well as books are things like point of view and internal monologue. But people get annoyed if I don’t use books because they’re writing books, not movies.
So help. Is using books as an example better than movies? Are movie examples just as helpful?
Okay, Sid doing Les Mis was wonderful, Sid is always wonderful, but Gareth and Madelena in the Red Candle District?
My new favorite couple of all time. Continue reading