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Friday, February 28, 2014

It takes a (well-informed) village ...

Not to be trite but yes -- it does, in fact, take a village.

I've been working on finishing off and polishing up my novel, with a weary eye on the word count. For the story I'm telling, I know that I'll be expected to have at least 70,000 words down. With about 14,000 to go, and just a handful of obvious holes to fill in, I've been focusing in more on identifying where my story lacks development or depth.

This is where the village has been helpful.

Hopefully your village is better than a painstakingly diverse group of stock people.
Photo copyright 2014 iStockphoto LP. 

Here's my confession: tvtropes.org has been an invaluable resource to me in the editing process. Followed by my partner, a trusted friend, and then the handful of writing blogs I follow. Followed then, most strangely, by the advice I solicit from internet friends on a fitness site I frequent.

There are a lot of hands in my novel, finding the questions and prodding me for answers, or supplying me with answers on the rare occasion that I actually know the question.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to be Red

The red light reddened the red room ... redly. It was very red.

Have you ever sat there reading a novel when you were suddenly jolted out of the experience by a description so inarticulate or inane that you have to stop, stare at the page and wonder if that really just happened?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New schedule!

Hey, readers! Starting today (which is definitely not an impromptu notice) Fantasy-Schmantasy will be moving to a Wednesday/Friday schedule. See you tomorrow!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Power of the Pen Challenge!

So last post I talked a bit about the Power of the Pen writing team I was on in middle school. I was all prepared to write another instructive* post on par with "Plan More!", "Practice More!" and "Try Harder!" when I realized that I'm not up for it right now. I'll save it for another post, because today we're going to have some fun!

Inspired by the Power of the Pen, I am going to provide you with a challenge. Below are 3 different prompts (all from actual Power of the Pen contests), and you're going to tackle them Power of the Pen competition style.

The Rules:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Practice makes passable

We practice public speaking, we practice sports, we practice asking our boss for a raise, we practice drawing, even kissing. We understand that practice is essential to doing something well.

Why do I love flash fiction and writing prompts?

Because practice is essential to being a good writer.

Good authors don't just expect to write a bestseller the first time they ever pick up a pen or plop down in front of their word processor. Writing is a skill and, like all skills, it's something you need to work at to get better.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sorry for the cry-icorn pt. 2

Sorry for the cry-icorn, everyone. Blahblahblah I've been busy, blahblahblah work, blahblah. Actually, I'm just exhausted because my kitten has recently decided that sleep time should actually be wake-up-and-play-with-me time. 3 AM is not my favorite time to see what things you've thrown to the floor in your inifinite cat jerk-itude, Kitten.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Voicemails from the Future

Voicemails from the Future is a new flash fiction challenge brought to you by terribleminds and Futurecoast.org. The premise is pretty awesome: it is the near future. You must write a voicemail left by one person for another.

This is a great exercise for practicing conversational writing, and also to practice developing a story or a worldscape without paragraph upon paragraph of wordy exposition.

Find the details of the challenge a Flash Fiction Challenge: Voicemails from the Future.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Schmantastic List of Fantasy: Fantastic-Schmantastic Birthdays!

Happy birthday, Me!

That's right -- your totally amazing, perfect and not-old Blog-Lady just celebrated her birthday. As such, I'm going to put aside all the griping about bad weather and winter time and bring a little joy into your life like only a birthday can. This month's Schmantastic List of Fantasy features books that are celebrating their 26th birthday with me! So join me in congratulating them, and add this treasures to your reading list!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

So what's the plan?

The coffee is the most important part.
Now that I've spurred you all into action with my super-inspirational post about being a Doer -- let's back it up and get all cerebral again. It's time to talk about the planning.