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Character Agency

“So What Cha Want?” -Beastie Boys “The question isn’t what are we going to do. The question is what Aren’t we going to do?” -Ferris Bueller When you talk about writing characters or talk about characters, in general, sooner or later you talk about Agency. You do this whether you know what Agency is or …

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Happy Sunday Y’All. If you’re in my neck ‘O the woods, you’re buried under nearly a foot of snow with a layer of ice on top of it and you’ve got stuff to do that involves going outside… So I’m blogging instead*. Today I’d like to talk about something other than writing…Kind of. Every now …

The Ones You Love to Hate

That’s right. This week I’m talking about ~those~ characters. The agents of chaos and change that cause so many problems for your Main Character. Those folk that leave destruction, heartache, and growth in their wake. Villains. What is it that makes a good villain? What combination of traits and personalities, thoughts and deeds swirl together …

Writers’ Toolbox: Prompt Writing to Get Your Story Started

“You have to start somewhere to get somewhere good.” I often hear people say they can’t imagine writing because they don’t know how to think up stories. When I started attending speculative fiction conventions again in 2012, I participated in Allen Wold’s introductory workshop, and it set me on fire. Figuratively. Allen’s approach is simple: …

Will you or won’t you?

There was a stretch – certainly nothing recent – where I wrote every day for 144 straight days. It started out as a way of trying to measure my productivity. For those of you that don’t know, I am a big fan of using spreadsheets. Which is kinda funny, because if I had to rely …

Savor the Moment

It’s not like this hasn’t been said before, but writing is hard work. Some days, it can be a slog. I’m not going to try and refute that here, or try and put any kind of spin on it to make it seem otherwise. Writing is hard work. But there are times… And, if you’re …

Stream-of-consciousness: Writing exercise or therapy?

When I was in high school, we suffered through, ahem, read James Joyce’s Ulysses. I said in class that I felt like if I read it with one eye shut, it began to make a certain amount of sense. Which, surprisingly, excited my teacher no end, because, she said, that was exactly the point! What? …

You Built It…Use It

Maybe you’ve heard this before, or maybe you haven’t yet, but you will.* When talking about worldbuilding, there is often a comparison made between the world you’ve built… and an iceberg. What you see on the surface, what you present to your reader, is (wait for it…) just the tip of the iceberg. The rest …

Talking About Queries

I’d like to talk a little bit about queries. A query letter is a letter (These days, it will almost certainly be an email, but check the guidelines) you would send to an agent that you think would be a good fit both for you (More on that later…) and your story. This will often …