Tick Tock - A Short Story Tick. Alas, I grow ever wearier of the passing minutes. The hands tick by eternal, the gears and cogs ever wearing down until someday they shall succumb to the inevitable decay. Who twisted your chain? Time is always passing, and it will always be so. Even if time ever … Continue reading Tick Tock
If I ever succeed at running down my own dream of being a writer, this book will have played a fundamental role.
I've read the phrase 'killing your darlings' quite a bit lately. For writing, it basically means you often have to get rid of your favorite things to make something work. The thing is, the phrase itself doesn't really work for me. The word 'darling' feels a little archaic. And I don't really feel like I … Continue reading Killing Your Darlings or Saving Your Favorites
I feel stuck today. I just finished the beginning hook of my novel, so I am about 25% through. In true form of starting the middle of a book, I immediately feel like I am slogging through a swamp. Jim Butcher calls it the Swampy Middle.
Yesterday was the first major uphill climb in my trek up novel mountain. Ran into a scene in my outline that was just crazy hard to write. I figured out the scene was boring by using some advice from the book 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron. What Aaron says is that if a scene … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 7
I stand at the metaphorical trail head of novel mountain. I have done all the prep. I have all my gear. But I look up at the peak of the mountain and a string of curses runs through my mind. This mountain is too ambitious. I probably can't make it to the top. I probably … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 1
It drifted slowly downward on a slight breeze; not sluggish, but wafting lazily toward the earth. It did not know where it came from and it was afraid. The sky seemed so vast that it was confused as to its own existence. It realized that it was not alone. There were others like it … Continue reading The Thing That Fell