the shapes of stories

I noticed this post was sitting in my drafts folder with nothing more than a heading. It's been sitting there nearly a year. Who knows what the hell I was thinking when I came up with that title. If the past is a foreign country, one's past self is a stranger. Or least someone you … Continue reading the shapes of stories

my three dads

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.

kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass … Continue reading kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

pixar’s rules of storytelling

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

triangulating the text

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

the granny square approach

Momentum, like Mr. Darcy's good opinion, once lost is lost forever. Or so it seems. Something like a particularly nasty cold that lasts a week (especially when it is followed by Husband spending the whole next week sick with said cold) can wreak havoc on my momentum. Like coming back from vacation, or from an illness, or from … Continue reading the granny square approach

state of the union

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

Working Title

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