How do I deal with the Inner Editor? I suppose I should clear up something first: I don't call him the Inner Editor. In fact, he's not a he, not even a personification. I call that evil little voice something much more sinister... critical voice.
This is an important concept that I'll be returning to frequently in this book. My chosen methods don't work for many people. I won't even be discussing my methods in any great detail, partially because I doubt most of you reading this will care to learn my dirty tricks. Also, in depth discussions about writing without an outline and dealing with writer's block are outside the scope of this book.
When I sit down to write a new story, I aim to entertain myself first. If I can manage that, no matter how dreadful I think the tale in hindsight, I consider the project a success.
I've been bitching to people lately that I want to write more fantasy and science fiction. I'm far from bored with the stories I have been writing, but definitely something is missing. And I want to be more productive. So here's the new challenge: Post a short story to this blog every Tuesday in 2017. … Continue reading 2017 Short Story Challenge
In Albion’s Trial—an MMO game where players plug their brains directly into the server—members of the Rabid Squirrels Guild work together as friends to find the best loot, defeat the toughest monsters, and brave the darkest dungeons. At the Phoenix Dive, Riseera meets her guildies at the worst possible time. During a lag spike. To … Continue reading The Devs Must Be Crazy
Writing Is Not Work: On Finding Your Voice With Creative Writing Every November, writers around the globe participate in National Novel Writing Month, the yearly challenge to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The experience and thrill of fast paced novel writing is both amazing fun and daunting at the same time. But … Continue reading Writing Is Not Work to be published soon
Just a quick announcement for a new non-fiction book I'm currently in the middle of, Writing Is Not Work: Finding Your Voice During National Novel Writing Month. To the left is a mock-up of the cover. The final cover, of course, might look different. I cover a lot of ground in this book. Ways to … Continue reading Writing Is Not Work
A Vacant Elemental Beauty is now free to read on Wattpad for a limited time. I'll be posting a chapter a day over the next week. The story will be available on Wattpad for about or so afterwards, and then only the first chapter will remain as a free sample. The Silent Yearning of the … Continue reading “Beauty” on Wattpad
As an experiment, I'm now offering free stories on Wattpad. Probably 1-2 stories serialized per month. Once the completed story is posted, it will remain available for only a short time. Afterwards, the first 1-3 chapters will remain as free samples. "The Silent Yearning of the Bijounonc" is currently posted. Read it here. (Or wait … Continue reading Now on Wattpad!
Lots and lots of changes in the last year. I'm both pleased and disappointed in what I've accomplished. I learned a lot, but had many missed opportunities to do so much more. I feel I've gone from learning how to write, to learning how to be a storyteller. Huge world of difference. If you don't … Continue reading Goodbye 2014!