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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Getting Your First Draft to The Finish Line.

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, in the spirit of authors everywhere just getting started, in the spirit of sharing and in the spirit of first drafts, I have decided to give you something, dear readers.

I am going to share with you my strategy for getting words on paper or -- let's not be archaic -- on screen.

I know, I know. You've been waiting for me to share my wisdom. I am clearly a prodigy of the word count, what with my 50,000 word novel and all. (Hey, didn't you say it was 57,000 words? Indeed, but that was before I cut it in two. Remember?)

Now that we've established my astonishing credentials, let's get serious.

It's hard to say what's the more daunting part of writing, getting the first words down or getting through the editing. Editing is certainly more time consuming and takes more precision. But the first draft -- excuse my Minnesotan, but oofta.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Part 3 of Worldscaping: Breaking the Rules

Genre fiction doesn't follow the rules of the real world. There's technology beyond capability, actions defying physics, creatures unlike anything our known world contains. Fantasy, in particular, is an escape from a world of the commonplace rules where we can experiment with the physical world.

So why do we all keep rehashing the same old hat world?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Part 2 of Worldscaping: Writing Race in the Fantasy World

Before we get started on today's fantasy topic, let's all take a moment to be completely relaxed. Take a look at this kitten. It isn't worried about writing. It's so cuddly and soft and sleepy. Be the kitty, reader. Be the kitten.

Shh, nothing scary happening here.

How are we feeling? Calm? Content? Practically purring?

Good. Now let's get started.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Part 1 of Worldscaping: Yeah, writer, but what does she look like?

It's nice to have a god complex, as an author. We're creators of fantasy, writers of great worlds, compilers of adventure. It's a sweet gig, being an author.

In most contexts, a god complex is not a great thing. But in the world of writing, the author is god -- we're creating worlds, people, races, we're breeding conflicting, stirring up wars, making characters fall in love. Deleting what we don't like *cue evil laughter and stroking of white Persian cat*. Authors are playing the creation game, and it's a pretty awesome.

This good old Looney Tunes inspired shtick sums it up pretty nicely.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Schmantastic List of Fantasy: Fantastic Books that should have Movies

I started this post wanting to do a list of the best film adaptations of genre fiction novels, but after doing a little research and wracking my brain I realized that I'm just not enough of a cinephile to be qualified to make that list. So instead, I took the bibliophile path and present to you:

The Schmantastic List of 7 Sci-Fi / Fantasy Books that Should Have Movies


We've established that I consider graphic novels to be a part of the genre fiction category. I will fight about it. That said, taking the TOP SPOT of a book that should have a movie we have:

I don't know why she's wearing 80's high cut briefs.
But I dig it. Enough so that I have this hanging on my wall.
Wonder Woman

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Split-Up Story

Yes, this story is a breakup story and a tearjerker. It is not particularly fantastic, and writers everywhere will feel for me.

This is not a story like Rhett leaving Scarlett, or Effie and Curtis (Dreamgirls -- if you didn't cry, you're wrong).

*sniffle* Why couldn't those crazy kids work it out?
No, this isn't a romantic breakup, but it hurt. Like, a lot. This is the breakup of a novel, and I tell you it was a total sobfest.