If there's one impulse that all writers seem to share, it's the need to *say* something.
"Charisma", draft 3, act 1. Action.
I'm not happy with the idea that I haven't moved since the last time I sat down to make something.
"Charisma" is easily the toughest writing project I've worked on yet, and I have my doubts if I can achieve all I set out to do with it.
For the sake of readers who professed an interest, I talk in detail about how I use a wiki to aid in writing my fiction.
In between the usual holiday celebrations, I struggled to dismantle and reassemble Charisma, in the wake of my realizing the plot I had for it didn't work.
I had to back off from working on "Charisma" for the sake of a major rethinking of the story. Here's how that unfolded.
What is it about writing a story that made you hell-bent on writing it, other than your urge to sign your name to it?
Excuse my silence! I've been busy -- not NaNo, though, but it might as well be.
I don't always know when to stop doing research for a project, or how to deal with coming across valuable research after the project is already closed.
For the first time, I've formulated and written down the steps I take to create a story. Yours may differ.
It helps to give the impression we take responsibility for all the words on the page, for who else puts them there?
I know at the end of the day I don't really have to justify buying books, even as "research". But I still justify it.
I'm back to working on the new novel, sort of.
If someone can talk you out of being a writer, you’re not a writer. But that doesn't mean other writers owe you anything.
Each book of mine has been about going a place I haven't gone yet, and seeing what I can bring back with me.
On reading/consuming for enjoyment vs. reading/consuming for research.
My weekend PC misadventures and beyond.
On Chuck Wendig only wanting to write standalones from now on, a sentiment I agree with.
How much rewriting is too much?
Or maybe it's a story salad.
Liberating the voice and being able to speak as only you can, rather than through the thousand voices you've inherited from the outside, is the hardest and most essential skill.
If you have the confidence to tackle a given thing and see it through, that by itself can be enough to fix any problems you worry it might bring with it.
When questions come to mind while writing a work, I have strategies for keeping them from growing without bound.
No matter how much work I put into any one book, it's going to be "bad" according to someone, somewhere, and there's not a thing I can do about it.