Geraldine Montess - a cold, distant, harsh teacher. And now the crime fighting necromancer takes on a new student: a young girl with a precious locket. But the locket is more than it seems, and the family heirloom is destroying Geri's student. Can she dispel the evil hidden within the locket and save the young girl from certain doom?
Another topic from my days as a regional ML for National Novel Writing Month. It was specifically geared towards helping people in November, but the concepts apply to year-round writing as well. Time management is the same, whatever time of year. Myths abound regarding writers and the writing craft. I wish to squash two myths that pertain specifically to Nano.
Thief Brin Callahan has found a sort-of grace on a new planet, away from the dangerous lifestyle she once lived. But that grace is interrupted by an unwanted visit from a police officer. Not all is as it seems when he hands her a ring that contains a silent alien life. Brin's curiosity and need for adventure get the best of her, and soon she finds herself in the middle of a scheme beyond her control.
Nothing wrong with jumping into a novel head first, without preparation or research or even character ideas. However, it helps to be organized. Writing a novel—especially a first novel—is messy by nature. Here are some methods that you may find useful.
Albert Swanherder, the best warlock in Frogstown. Or maybe he’s a witch? Hard to tell when you smell like stale tea and can’t see anything. Now if the stupid cat stopped pawing at him, Albert could figure out why his skin feels like clay. With the lights out and the sound of pouring rain, he … Continue reading Tuesday Fiction: The Best Wizard This Side of Frogstown
This year, I wrote a little over 230,000 words in fiction, non-fiction, and journaling. The figure might be a little higher, because my record keeping system was crap for much of the year, so I think some titles didn't counted properly. I had no word count goal for the year, so even though I feel like I could've done more, 230k is a win.
In 2016, I wrote eight weekly short essays about writing for my National Novel Writing Month region. They focus on practical advice for the aspiring novelist during November, with topics like attitude, time management, writing scenes, and finding the end. Over the next eight weeks I'll republish the essays to my blog, for everyone to … Continue reading Friday Morning Pages: Attitude
Quite a journey this has been, writing this goofy book. Starting off, I had no idea what it was about other than a few basic themes. Writing is not work, but fun. And, how to find your voice in fiction writing.
After I left college for the first time, I had spent a lot of years defining myself as an intellectual, but none of that time of deep thinking helped me figure what I wanted to do in life. I’d been rejected from grad school some half dozen times, and eventually decided I didn’t really want a PhD. Job interviews didn’t go over well, because I couldn’t convince anybody I was serious about any one career path.
After these basics are mastered, you can begin to learn how to write stories. By this, I mean plotting, character tags, dialogue, pacing, emotion, sensory depth, setting, and so much more. After some years have passed, you'll understand you don't really know crap about storytelling. There is simply no ceiling to how much can be learned in our art, and no way to truly master it.