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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Made-up Words

I was in third or fourth grade when I wrote a story about a group of kids forming a club with a friendly alien.  With a treehouse. Treehouses where very important to me at the time.  Other than that, the story was a straight rip-off of “The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went […]

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When It’s Fun

Sometimes, writing is fun. Super fun. It’s those moments that are the gateway drug into a long miserable career in the arts.  Sometimes the fun can become a problem. It’s like – writing the first draft feels like this: When you’re done, you either think it’s the most awesome, carefree work you’ve ever read or […]

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Making it Harder

We make things harder than they actually are.  Take rock-climbing. The beginning rock-climber takes way more steps and hand-holds than she actually needs.  Trust me. I’m a beginner.  I will not move an inch unless I am braced with both feet and both hands and the distance to step is smaller than a stair.  You […]

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