Browsing All posts tagged under »plot«

Happily Ever After

November 1, 2012 by


Look, I Got Here By Using Logic

October 31, 2012 by


I’m starting to get better. (Yay!) Which means it’s time to get back to work. (Um…) I’ve cleared away the backlog of admin tasks. (Bleh.) Which means it’s time to look at the writing. (Yay!) If only I can figure out exactly what I was doing when I got sick… (Um…) Okay. New plan:  

Clarity is Looking at the Gap Between Buildings and Thinking, “I Can Make That”

October 19, 2012 by


Me: I’ve finished the washing. I feel like I’ve accomplished something with the day. Paul S: Well that’s good. Me: Yes. Don’t argue. This week has been something of an exercise in frustration. I’ve been fiddling about with the plot, trying to figure out how much of this backstory I have the time and/or justification […]

The Writers Who Stare at Ceilings

October 11, 2012 by


I am… staring at the ceiling and trying to figure how the latter part of the book happens. I mean, I know what happens, but my original mini-synopsis is going to bring the book in about 20-40 000 words short of the length I want it to be. So I need to tweak it a […]

Productive Chaos

September 13, 2012 by


I am having a day of productiveness. I think. I think because today has sort of been about lining up dominos. When I knock them down we’ll see if I was building pretty patterns or chaos. But I think when they fall I’ll have the next one/two/three chapters of wizards sorted. I was supposed to […]

Call and Response

September 5, 2012 by


In some ways, Wizards is ridiculously easy to write, because I could channel Gray’s voice on no sleep, typing upside down in a bathtub. Sarcasm and panic and trust issues are a cake walk. Of course, being funny on purpose or, you know, having a plot, occasionally require more thought.* I was about to say […]

I’m Working On Instinct And Blind Faith Here

August 20, 2012 by


I just glanced at the proportions of Wizards, wondering how balanced I was being with my two main characters. As of right now there is less than a hundred words difference in the number of words I’ve written for each of them. My subconscious looking out for me again? I swear there are these huge […]

Writing ‘The End’

July 24, 2012 by


Writing the end of a book is painful for lots of reasons — because you’re letting go of the world you built, because you’re massacring your characters (possibly), because reaching the end of a story automatically raises the question, ‘What next?’. I spend an awful lot of my time making my characters and their worlds […]

And… Sometimes Writers Repeat Themselves

July 4, 2012 by


I really enjoy his work but watching Aaron Sorkin’s new series The Newsroom feels kind of like watching re-runs. Now I’m wondering if you could actually dialogue match a whole episode of the The Newsroom…

Don’t Ask

July 2, 2012 by


Trying to write this series synopsis is making me itch to write the fourth book. Because there are things I don’t know — about how the structure is going to work, about how the subplots are going to break down… I mean, I know what happens in the largest sense, but that’s like saying I […]