The Fear of Invention

The first critiques we receive always stay with us the longest and hold disproportionate position in our imaginations.  So it is for me and scientific plausibility. As a child, writing silly, childish stories, I was drawn to science fiction first. I wanted to write about robots and spaceships and aliens.  Almost immediately, the comments I […]

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Suspense

  I’m starting to learn how to add suspense to my stories. Something I often lack because I’m such a nut about being brief. Naturally, the way I think best about suspense is to look at it through the lens of poetry. Warning: The following contains POETRY COMPOSED IN A BROWSER WINDOW.   Poets want […]

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Chase Your Weird

Last night I dreamed I was on a generational star ship modeled after a Russian palace.  It was in disrepair, abandoned, and it was snowing in parts of it. I will never write this story. Okay, part of that is that it’s just a setting, not a real story idea, but also I’d feel weird […]

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Finishing

I used to never finish a draft of anything.  Or a sewing project. Or a crochet project. Or a poem. I was a queen UNfinisher. At the Game Devs meet up the other night, during  a discussion on unfinished projects, someone, I think it was Matt, said, “No one finishes things!  Well, except Marie. She […]

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Character is in the small stuff

When we talk about ourselves, and other real people, we can agree that who a person is, the content of their character, is more important than what they are. Who > What So why is it, when we talk about our fictional characters, more often than not, we start with what they are.  Job title. Ethnicity. […]

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The NanoWriMo Post Mortem Post

I had attempted to write this novel before.  First as a short story of about 10,000 words. When my writing workshop all said “this should be a novel,” I expanded it to about 28,000 words without adding any plot.  My goal for National Novel Writing Month was to finish a complete draft 50,000 words longer, […]

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Write like a bricklayer

I used to think that writing would be like being an acrobat… performing breathless feats, leaving my audience stunned on the ground.  Sure, there would be practice, grueling hours of it (didn’t we have “writing exercises”  in school?) but that wouldn’t be the real work. I would practice and practice and then, when the time […]

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