Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Phoenix from the Ashes

Sometimes confronting your greatest doubts—contemplating the end—can be… freeing. Stepping back from the harsh taskmasters of your dreams and the pressures of your goals can allow you to look at creativity as a more fluid process. I’m returning to writing … Continue reading

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The Nature of Creative Expression

[Warning: whining about my creative difficulties ahead… but also I think an interesting exploration of the creative process] Creativity is a remarkable thing. As far as I am aware, it is a uniquely human thing. Not everyone does it, or … Continue reading

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One in the Crowd

You see a summary of the new book (or movie, or TV show) that everyone is talking about. And it looks pretty good… but wait. Wait a minute. That sounds like… But it can’t be… Yep. It sounds exactly like … Continue reading

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Practice

A good way to approach writing is to separate it into two parts: the writing, and then everything that comes after. And you don’t think about the latter while immersed in the former. At least, I’m working on that strategy, … Continue reading

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The Potential (and Peril) of Research

If I haven’t said it before, my genre of choice is fantasy. Mostly contemporary, but sometimes not. For some reason, I prefer a world different from the one I live in, even in some subtle small way. It challenges my … Continue reading

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The Flow and the Void

Many creativity guides out there will suggest that the ultimate experience of creativity is something called “flow.” Basically, it is a state of total concentration and free expression, full of joy and without anxiety or doubt. To some, it feels … Continue reading

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Random Notes on Story Types

Dug into the archive for this one—some random notes on different basic story types (in my unauthorized opinion). Story Types –          Procedural = the plot is not personal to the protagonist, who is usually motivated by a job, morality, or … Continue reading

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Introversion vs. Social Anxiety

When I was a kid, I was very outgoing. According to my mother, I would talk to strangers on park benches (with her anxiously watching, I’m sure). I would take the lead role amidst my friends and boss them around … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Pacing and Structure in Plot

If you have your villain’s plan and your hero’s reasons for being involved in stopping that villain (assuming this is the kind of story you’re working on), then you might have all you need to start plotting—or even start writing. … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: The Devil’s in the Details

Last time, I wrote about finding your villain. If you’re writing the kind of story that is mostly driven by the villain’s actions (as a lot of “plot” stories are), coming up with the villain is probably the first step … Continue reading

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