The problem with getting advice about writing is that the writers who podcast, write books or blogs, or disseminate advice through other such media appear to assume their audience professionals; people who have dedicated their lives to their craft and have accepted all the heavy responsibility along the way. For the rest of us - … Continue reading Finding the time
If you're writing a post-apocalyptic adventure, I bet you're trying to grapple the geography of the new world.
After all, if it worked for Homer, Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and many others, why can't it work for you?
In all my research about the writing craft and its techniques, and seeing all the edits fellow writers have done to my work on Reddit, I was under the impression that blunting readers with short, bite-sized chunks was a better way of conveying information than long, meandering sentences. The above sentence is 53 words.
If you're anything like me, finding the time can be difficult, especially when children are desperate to sit in your lap on a Saturday afternoon.
Sometimes we get so bogged down in the process, it's hard to see the end goal. World creation, characters, backstory, interactions, complications, rising action, climaxes, resolutions...it's all so complicated, how can we ever think of anything else? Compounding this problem is life. Job, kids, spouse, exercise, non-writing relaxation time (TV/movies/games), and that ultimate killer of … Continue reading Writing Strategy -Looking ahead
I just finished listening to How Great Science Fiction Works, which is a great introduction to the history of literary science fiction. Professor Gary Wolfe gave so many examples of books I haven't read, but really should, and I don't know where to start! After listening about William Gibson and the birth of the cyberpunk … Continue reading Ignorance of the Classics
My writing was so disorganized. I had chapters made in Word tucked away in folders I forgot. There were characters in my story who's names I could not remember, forcing me to search through the many pages I had written to find them - a major break in concentration. And yWriter, as much as I like … Continue reading Writing More Productively
I've never been much of a horror fan, but I've always loved monsters. There's something about the scale and sheer terror that comes with a monster that makes my heart jump a beat. Now, when I say "monster", I mean monster in the Ray Harryhausen/Ishiro Honda sense of the word. City-destroying, neigh-invulnerable terrors that seem … Continue reading Monsters
Here are some websites I found that will inspire and provoke thoughts. Thoughts like, "What the hell was that?" Recipes From Middle-Earth : Granted this is a link to the Warner Bros site and is a shameless advertising plug for the movie I've not yet seen, but the idea is cute. Haven't cooked any of … Continue reading Websites 1