I Wrote a Fantasy Novel

And it was really hard. . . I will admit it. Game of Thrones got to me. Until the disastrous final season, I was seduced back into the fantasy realm I loved as a kid. And as a result, I dove into A Song of Ice and Fire books, reading them in rapid succession untilContinue reading “I Wrote a Fantasy Novel”

Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell is a considered a tenet of good writing, but what does it mean exactly? Robert McKee’s Story has a chapter on exposition that breaks it down nicely. One thing (there are many) I appreciate about McKee’s book is the respect he gives the audience (or reader). He writes how audience members gainContinue reading “Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell”

Vocabulary Building with David Foster Wallace

I still haven’t yet finished Infinte Jest (New Year’s resolution), but I’m a big fan of DFW’s essays.  The late writer’s mastery of the English language, as well as his courage to experiment with it, truly puts him in a class by himself (along with Shakespeare, Joyce, and Wordsworth). I try to keep a notebookContinue reading “Vocabulary Building with David Foster Wallace”

Getting Featured on Wattpad

I joined Wattpad in August kind of as a fluke. A Netflix show I really liked got canceled (Gypsy with Naomi Watts) and when I was google searching why, I found a Reddit thread where someone had posted a fan fiction story about what happens to Watts’ character and her lesbian lover after the showContinue reading “Getting Featured on Wattpad”

Fostering Creativity – Part 7

Eliminate Distractions Multitasking may seem like a necessity in today’s world, but it’s a killer for creativity.  I saw an interview with Patti Smith recently where she said that during her sojourn in Michigan she would use the early morning hours before her kids woke up for writing and studying. I’m an early riser too,Continue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 7”

The Missing Chapter

For those who read (and hopefully enjoyed) Unmasked, below is the original second chapter I omitted after reading so many advice columns and blog posts warning against the first novelist’s classic mistake of including the backstory early in the book. So, succumbing to self-imposed peer pressure,  I jettisoned it, but sometimes I wonder if that wasContinue reading “The Missing Chapter”

Fostering Creativity – Part 2

Listen. That’s a declarative, not an imperative sentence. At some point when I reached, ehem, maturity, I made a conscious decision to become a good listener. I’m not that much of a talker to begin with (well, maybe after a few glasses of wine…) and some people can certainly rattle on and on which canContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 2”

The Dreaded Line Edit

I have been over my first (yet unpublished) novel Unmasked many, many, many times. This is after completing the screenplay, first and second drafting of the novelized version, proofreading on screen and on paper, then shoving it in a drawer for a few weeks while I Nanowrimo’d. After all that, I was ready to revisitContinue reading “The Dreaded Line Edit”