Whatever. Anyway, Yesterday was an amazing day. Today, I am just now getting the word out and telling people and…
It’s like this. And it’s all about creating characters.
Yesterday was the release day for KICKING IT, the anthology Kalayna Price and I edited. It did well (very well) on release day, in no small part to the efforts of my PR team and my street team and the efforts of Chloe Neill who has PR nailed.
Yesterday was also the release day of the new revamped (haha) website www.faithhunter.net . It is stylish and slick and I love it!
Yesterday was the day I turned in a proposal and character for a new series.
And Yesterday was also the day I turned in my notice that, after the first of the year, I will no longer be a full time lab rat. I [...]
Continue reading Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed ….
James R. Tuck
Character and Plot. The two things you need to make a book. (Please don’t cite me examples of books that have one but not the other. Those are outliers and not the main thrust of books.) Generally speaking those are the requirements.
Now for most folks, myself included, character is actually pretty easy. They come swaggering up in our heads all badass and near fully fleshed out. The plots? They’re a different story. Plots are tricky little devils and hard to get hold of sometimes.
But that’s because we overthink them.
We do. As writers our brains are moving 90 to nothing and cruising top speed down multiple tracks. We mix our plot up with the following things: Character, Backstory, World-building, Themes, and Motives.
But we don’t need that for the actual plot.
The plot is the skeleton you hang all that meat [...]
Continue reading PLOTTING WITH BUNNIES (or whatever other animal you like. Want a hippopotamus? By all means, plot with hippos.)
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about point of view and the ways in which it could help us address nearly all the narrative problems we face when writing. In comments to the post, Donald “SagaBlessed” Kirby, mentioned that making our dialog feel natural can sometimes be difficult, which is absolutely true.
More to the point, of all the writing problems that point of view can help us address, perhaps none is better suited to a POV solution than that of contrived dialog. Frankly, I can’t believe I left it out of my previous post.
Here at MW, we’ve discussed dialog quite a bit over the years, and I’m going to do my best not to cover the same ground in this post. This is not a post about how to write dialog, or how to make the spoken words themselves sound natural. (Carrie did this very well [...]
Continue reading On Writing: Creative Intersections — Point of View and Dialog
Diana Pharaoh Francis
I managed to talk Laura Anne Gilman into coming and posting today. If you’ve never heard of her, why not??? She writes fabulous books both under her own name, and mysteries as L.A. Kornetsky. She’s also been an editor for some major writers. Now, without further ado, the meerkat herself:
So, Di Francis came to me and said “hey, you want to write a guest blog for Magical Words?” And I froze, somewhere between “yeah, that’ll be fun!” and “oh shit.” Because hey, Magical Words, a writing blog. And yeah, I’m a writer, but I always find myself in a bit of a pickle when people ask me to talk about the deep down fiddly bits of actually writing, because I’m a centipede.
– the joke going that the centipede can walk perfectly well with a hundred feet, until you ask it HOW it manages all those [...]
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James R. Tuck
I don’t know what kind of writer you are. You might be the kind who works each sentence until it’s perfect before moving on to the next one, lining up the words in exacting order for the most impact and literary explosiveness.
If so then this blog might not do you much good. lol
This advice is for the writers like me. The indulgent ones who spew words on their first drafts, who write with an abandon of language, allowing all the sentences to run amok on the page. I sling phrases and concepts around during my first draft, just acting like they are free and I can have as many as my greedy little, or not-so-little fingers can conjure.
The result, for me anyways, is a first draft bloated like Elvis on a toilet and full of sentences that I love, words I adore.
That’s all fine and [...]
Continue reading DRINK YOUR HATER-ADE (or editing)
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Last week I started writing full time. I used to be a university professor, and this last summer I left that job and moved and it’s taken some months to be able to settle down, get unpacked, get the family sorted out, and so this last week was really my first week being a full time writer, where I actually kept a schedule and wrote.
It’s divine. And it’s also potentially crazy-making.
When I worked as a professor, there were measures in place for getting my job done. Those included student progress, actual teaching days, grading, and so on. But writing is more like cleaning house. You clean and clean and clean and every time you turn around, there needs to be more cleaning. It constantly gets dirty again. There really is no good measure of accomplishment, except when you finish something. But for me, that’s a little crazy making. [...]
Continue reading How do you know you’re making progress, or, staying sane while writing
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Where to begin when you want to begin a story? I can’t tell you. I won’t. Everybody’s process is different. For me, it’s a lot like getting all the ingredients out to make a dish and putting them all out on the counter, and then assembling from there. Only you get out all the ingredients you might need to make a thousand different meals and you don’t have a recipe and you don’t even know what it is you want to make. To toss more confusion in, you also have to choose pots, pans, serving dishes, and then you have to figure out if it’s going to be a meal, and how many courses it might be . . . (am I stretching this metaphor way too far yet?) Anyhow, that’s a beginning.
As a writer, you have an infinite choice of ingredients, cooking tools, and meal plans, and you [...]
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