Monthly archives: July, 2019

Quantity vs. Quality vs. Efficiency

Prepare to embrace the crazy. — Me, c. November 2013 What’s this? A post about NaNoWriMo in July? Well, it *is* only a little more than three months away. If you’re a plotter, anyway. For me, the topic has relevance because it changed my life—and not always for the better. No, this is not a …

Change, Please!

How many times have you thought of a cool idea? A nifty setting? An intriguing character? How many times have those brainwaves failed to translate into gripping stories? Why do some stories draw you back while others leave you cold? Conflict is the source of tension, and tension drives plot. Flawed stories often miss a …