Howdy folks! It's winding up to be a busy year, but one of my big goals before the end of this one is to finally finish up a manuscript that has been long overdue (I've never had one; I just really need to write one). As part of the effort of writing and reading and analyzing and discussing is a thought that's been tickling at the back of my head that I've been meaning to do, which is to write on technique and craft.
I am by no credit a published craftsman or artist, but I've had some decent writing training and I've always thought I should really use that for something more than a sparkly framed decoration on my wall. At the very least, I could help others find the words to express themselves.
I've had a few blog entries, but in the second half of this year, I think it will be time to really start seriously blogging about writing technique and literary methods that even beginning writers can apply as exercises to help them develop their writing muscles.
With that context in mind, what are the questions YOU have as a writer that you struggle with, and what do you wish there was available to help you write? I'm interested in knowing first and foremost if there is any help that I can give to my flist in writing these entries, and if there are, I'd definitely want to prioritize writing on those subjects first!
(The few sort-of commentaries on writing I've done over the last ten years... )
Fiction Writing BlacklistUPDATE: I thought up a new one!
Point of View. Hate it when writers switch around point of view without conscious effort. If you're writing a third person subjective pov from your injured/wounded character trying to get to safety, why the frack am I getting a description about the long, luxurious curve of her red hair in the dim light?! Who the hell is looking at her, and why would anyone bother with this sort of detail at a moment when getting out alive is the most important action in the scene? (Note: this scene is not based on any particular story, but illustrates my point.) Perspective needs to be consistent - you can play with the perspective if you know what you're doing to deliberately manipulate the reader, but too often this is an ignorant mistake by even seasoned writers. I also don't care how good you are at description: your scene's description should follow the tension and action of the story, not clutter it up with needless details. Related i
Ohai FanficshunsThe devilishly clever :iconnemonus: has a blog! Aside from being just a cool place to read about awesome Star Wars news from an articulate and savvy writer, also on this blog, she has interviewed me and a couple other longtime fan fiction writers about our experiences in fandom, the impact of fanfiction on writers and community, as well as miscellaneous sorts of gobbly gook related to being just an awesomely awesome person. Just the fact that I wrote something for this should be all the reason you need to read. Check it out!
Fanfiction Roundtable, Part 1
Fanfiction Roundtable, Part 2
Also 'cuz this is a good opportunity to do a bit of rare bragging about stuff, these days I spend most of me writing time writing about the :iconMisadventurers: here: