This is an enduring problem I have as a writer: plotting.I think I'm more of a drop-characters-into-a-situation-kind of writer. Which is fine, but the dang story needs to go somewhere instead of meandering along, right? I recognize plots, of course, and when I'm reading a novel, I can see what is rising action and what … Continue reading Plotting and Plot Bunnies
Via laundrylinedivine.comThis is a thought that occurred to me in the last week or so.Do I have a particular writing style? Do I even have a particular writing voice? I think I have a particular blogging writing voice, which is really just a more literate and voluminous version of the way I speak. Or at … Continue reading What is My Writing Style?
A couple of months ago, my family decided to change our cable provider. The one we'd had caused our cable and Internet to go out during high-wind situations (though, curiously, we kept both TV and Internet during Hurricane Sandy) or heavy rainstorms or just for the hell of it. So, when a new cable provider … Continue reading What "Law and Order" is Teaching Me About Plotting
Until I joined AbsoluteWrite, I had never heard of the writing term "filtering" before. But it turns out to be a technical term for something fairly simple in creative writing.She saw him cross the street and approach.He looks and sees her weave in and out of the crowd.The children notice that their toys are missing.None … Continue reading Filtering
I am editing my manuscript right now. Instead of endless rewrites, I'm reading through it in its entirety and making corrections--spelling, grammar, word choice, deleting repetitive phrases, deleting unnecessary adverbs, passive voice into active voice. Little nitpicky line editing things. I often feel that my grammar is on shaky ground. As I've ranted about before, … Continue reading Translating from the Rei, pgs.1 to 200