Browsing All posts tagged under »framing«

Clarke’s Third Law

November 26, 2013 by



To Everyone He Meets He Stays a Stranger

July 19, 2013 by


I’ve paired these two songs  together because it makes me laugh. Which is an excellent reason for doing almost anything. I found a bunch of different versions of ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ when I went looking. I expected James Bond (which would have been entirely appropriate in this context), and I also found Cary Grant and the original video clip (which is […]

And Then She Threw Her Drink in My Face

November 30, 2012 by


Every now and then I remember that you really shouldn’t start a book with the words ‘And then’. But I did. And I wonder if this is one of those ‘know the rules so you can break them’ kind of things or if I’m just being pigheaded because I believe that all stories begin in […]

Happily Ever After

November 1, 2012 by


Stories That Give You Options: Good or Bad or Just Driving Me Mad?

October 5, 2012 by


The first time I watched Inception I wasn’t a big fan of it. I think because I’d seen the trailer and I loved the premise, so when I actually saw the movie I was disappointed that they didn’t spend a lot of time really exploring the possibilities inherent in the idea. A couple of years […]

Don’t Do It. For the Love of God. Save Yourselves.*

May 14, 2012 by


So last week I asked a couple of people to read a third person version of the first chapter of Wizards, to see how they felt about it. And received from one the most conflicted response I’ve ever had, and from the other a voice of passionate loathing for the new version. Apparently the first […]

Being the Voice in Someone Else’s Head

May 8, 2012 by


So, I think I definitely could switch Wizards to third person. Because I had an idea about how to do it and I think it could be good… The plan, weirdly, has a lot to do with swearing. Or at least, where the swearing occurs.* That sounds odd but… okay, look at it this way. […]

The Writing Process in Pictures

May 7, 2012 by


Caris sent me this link on Friday and I snickered. Possibly more than was entirely reasonable, but I was a bit sleep deprived. Was. Am. Anyway. I think that my writing process is slightly more stream-lined though. It’s more like this: Then the cycle repeats. In the time I spent writing this post my brain helpfully pointed out […]

One Wizard Chunk, Two Wizards Parts, Three… Now it Sounds Like I’m Dismembering Someone

April 20, 2012 by


So I’ve written enough of Wizards now that it’s a bit unwieldy to think of it as a single whole. But it doesn’t seem to break into chapters sensibly. I’ve been calling paired scenes ‘chapters’ but they’re not. They’re just two scenes. Which becomes particularly obvious when a conversation breaks off in a scene in […]

Even in Fiction Climaxing Early is Not Cool

April 10, 2012 by


I have concern. I’m afraid the climax of Wizards is going to come too soon. I’m afraid the first act, those first four hours, will be too short to be a book but if I add their second adventure it will be too long. And I have to account for the fact that it will […]