I'm reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my daughter, and as we've been through the previous two books as well I can't help notice the numerous adverbs J.K. Rowling uses. I don't have as much dislike for adverbs as some writers, but I think some restraint is definitely in order most of the… Continue reading Day 10: Adverbedly
I might be doing myself a disservice according to more experienced and successful authors, but I find writing fan fiction is a useful exercise. I can play in a ready-made universe I like, with characters I like. I can do this while developing my own ideas for universes of my own. It's practice. And these… Continue reading Day 5: fan fiction
Some good work today. Explored whether I could expand on an already published short story. So far the results look promising. The events in the story could kick off a lot of subsequent events and complications as my protagonist digs himself further and further into trouble. There are enough characters set up and I could… Continue reading Day 3
So, another day another small collection of words put to pixel. But it's all progress. Part of putting my writing life back in order is sifting through the abandoned structures of unfinished stories, and down the lane-ways of old ideas. Some of that could be recoverable. More of it should be plowed under. It's all… Continue reading Day 2
That person is me. The place is my basement, at the moment. The problem is getting back on track with writing. Looking back on my past posts, I've made this complaint before. So this is an extended problem. The best way to get past it is to just sit my ass in the chair and… Continue reading A person in a place has a problem
I have a lot of stories on the go. I make progress on them at random. My current problem is that I'm not finishing any of them. By flipping from one story to the next I'm starting to feel like I might not reach the end of any of them in a while. And this… Continue reading Focus or Flip?
An interesting survey of just some of the tools available to writers. What gets you going? http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/02/top_gadgets_for.html#more