This thought occurred to me today: It’s been a while since I’ve read a book had an action scene on page 1. The last one was probably an urban fantasy several years ago. Even that went like this: stalk, stalk, fight scene. Is that weird? I don’t feel like it is. But I am also… Continue reading Action Scene on Page 1
I haven’t written a word today. Just one of those days. And I don’t feel well enough to force myself to write. But I’ve been pondering my protagonist’s character profile. He has a thing for art and exercise. I haven’t shown either in the WiP so far. I’ve just told it, breaking the cardinal rule… Continue reading Pondering the WiP
On Twitter I asked advice about what to do about minor, inconsistent characters. A Twitter friend said I should write down everything I know about them and that can become a reference. That sounds like a character profile to me. I haven’t created character profiles for the WiP yet. I could have, especially for the… Continue reading When do you Create Character Profiles?
I haven’t written a word in nearly two weeks. The book is half done. I have heard that the middle of the book is the hardest bit to write, the most common place to get stuck. How do I get out of it? I have some idea what the next biggest scene will be. I… Continue reading Middle Book Blues
A few weeks back, I had a program crash. It was quiet, quick and quite painful. I lost thousands of words, about two weeks’ worth. I know, I know, you are supposed to back up. I do, I did, but not for the past two weeks. I thought there would be time for that later.… Continue reading Words Lost and Then Chopped
I think I am going through an idea drought lately. Well, more like than I am stuck on the current novel in progress. I don’t know how to go on. I got the middle blues. Which is where I usually get stuck. It’s depressing. I know what happens after this bit, but not how to… Continue reading I is for Ideas
So I was writing something with multiple point of view characters. One main POV, one secondary POV, one main character. I meant it to be a short story, but it got long. (10,000+ words is a short story, yes?) Anyway. I am rereading it now and I realize it is utter crap. And not just… Continue reading Difficult POV