When I first started learning the craft of storytelling, I really had no fucking clue what voice was. Looking back, especially over some of the old posts I took down yesterday, I was clueless. Laughable now. Back then, I would've been offended if somebody pointed out my lack of control over voice. Voice in fiction … Continue reading the invisible nature of voice
But not really. To date, I have give-or-take 60 publications floating around out there, though mostly under a different pen-name. So I never took a hiatus from writing, at least not of the permanent kind. I've just been busy writing and publishing erotica for the last four years or so. And now the time feels … Continue reading after a long damn hiatus
Now we’re going into the nuts and bolts of how to practice writing. At this point, either you’ve bought my argument that you need practice, or you haven’t. I hope you have, no matter what your skill level currently is at.
Mystery writer John D. McDonald has a famous quote (paraphrasing a bit): You have a million words of crap in you before you can write a publishable novel. The more stories I write, the more I see how true this is. When I first started, I couldn’t plot my way out of a paper bag. I knew jack about character development. I had no grasp of voice, or setting, or pacing. Don’t tell the younger-me any of that.
One sentence at a time. Or one page at a time. However you divide up your novel, it should be in small enough chunks to be easily chewed. I tend to focus on the level of scenes. Fifteen minutes here, 250 words there, by the end of the day if I’ve put in enough writing time, I can get a scene.
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
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!
The rolling, rocking motion of the gondola forced Tom to grip the edge; the smooth, wet wood slippery under his white knuckled grasp. Brine and ether coated his skin, clothing, and hat. The port he had before disembarking left a pungent imprint on his tongue, and already he regretted the silver coin he had traded … Continue reading Friday Fiction: The Gondolier
Day four of retyping StarCraft: Speed of Darkness by Tracy Hickman. Oddly, even though it's not my book, I am hitting the middle-of-the-story blues in writing it. Worked three sessions today. So far, still on track to make my ten-day deadline. Word count: 3,969... total: 22,384 Hours: 3... total: 16
Day 2 of retyping Tracy Hickman's StarCraft: Speed of Darkness. I'm actually having fun doing this, even though it's not real writing. Just having a blast typing a story, and being incredibly productive at doing so. Did five sessions today, starting around 5 pm, going to midnight, with plenty of breaks in between. My session word … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 2