There is a line in a movie that I am not ashamed to admit I have seen way too many times* which goes: "Typical isn't it? You wait twenty years for a dad and then three come along at once." I feel a little like this right now. I've had several months of plugging away at a project with all the diligence of an AP English student (which is to say, very little diligence, but we fake it well), and now everything has kind of exploded in my face.
This always happens. I get 2/3 of the way done my final draft and I decide to start outlining a whole frigging series.
Each writer has a different approach to rules. For some, they're made to be broken, others they are mere guidelines, and even others, they are cliches to be avoided like the plague (guess which one I'm not). Anyway, advice in general is like excerpts from the bible: people cherrypick what works for them and ignore the rest. … Continue reading pixar’s rules of storytelling
So a while ago I started posting chapters of a novel online before I panicked and took them down after realizing that they (a) weren't at the calibre I could achieve, and (b) were not going to be produced as expediently as I hoped. I've since been working on it again. The pitch for In What … Continue reading triangulating the text
Since about 2010, I've been keeping writing notes in Blueline notebooks. I go through two or three a year. I've just started my fifteenth. It's remarkably arbitrary when I finish a notebook; I simply run out of pages. From there, I have to plan a trip to Staples, select a notebook. Sometimes they're all out … Continue reading state of the union
Perhaps you have noticed (or not noticed, I haven't the wherewithal to keep tabs on these things, alas), but I've posted the full-text of "Working Title," my short fiction piece that recently won the Quarter Castle Short Fiction context. I think I've gone on about this before, but this is a piece I'd been sitting … Continue reading nothing in moderation
We fade in as the sun sets. In Hollywood, they call this “Magic Hour.” It’s brief but timeless in that way that so few things are. The first we will see of Nick is a thirty-five-year-old man: some wrinkles, but ultimately boyish. The production company ensnared a former portrayer of superhero sidekicks and sex-obsessed teens. … Continue reading Working Title