Writing and Plotting, Then and Now

As I work on my sixth book, Ghost Walk, which is a wholly different type of project than anything I’ve ever worked on before, I’m reflecting on the kind of writer I used to be vs the type of writer I am now. Somewhere along the way, things changed significantly. I didn’t really have a process for my first few books; I was a pantser at heart and in practice, and it worked. There was little to no outlining; I just took anything I had that remotely resembled an idea and ran with it. Now, while I still give myself plenty of freedom, I actually have a process from beginning to end, and I’m starting to think I like it.

These days, here’s how it works. Continue reading “Writing and Plotting, Then and Now”

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Requirements for Productivity

This isn't my desk, but I kind of wish it was. Pulled from this article, which incidentally is pretty interesting itself.
This isn’t my desk, but I kind of wish it was. Pulled from this article, which incidentally is pretty interesting itself.

I can be a pretty productive person. I have to be—I work two jobs, both from home, NaNoWriMo is coming up and other such things. However, there are requirements. They are rather specific, and some might also call them odd. If things aren’t exactly right, I don’t really get much done.

I think we can all be that way to some degree, though. We all need things to be a certain way in order for us to focus. Otherwise your mind can wander, or whatever you have left to do will nag at you until you get up and fix it. I’m going to share mine, then you can share yours if you so desire! Continue reading “Requirements for Productivity”

The Main Character Who Wasn’t A Hero

One of my characters is very much like this guy, perhaps even based on his stereotype, but was written purely for satirical purposes.

Whether you’re a reader or a writer, you see a lot of the same themes in most fiction books. One of the biggest things is that the book is almost always centered around the person who ends up being the hero. They might have their flaws, they might not appear to be any more than the average joe, but there’s always something special about them, and in the end they are the deciding factor in the story’s progression. The idea is that if they didn’t exist the story would have a sad ending rather than a happy ending.

Yawn.

Okay, okay. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. I mean, if we centered our stories around the people in the background who contributed nothing, how much cooler could that be? Sure, it’s nice for the occasional different piece, but wouldn’t work in the mainstream. But the main character being the hero is so overdone. It’s basic fiction, I know. Story meets hero, conflict meets hero, hero overcomes conflict, hooray. I’d like to talk about doing something different, and why it’s fun. Continue reading “The Main Character Who Wasn’t A Hero”