Script Frenzy: Teaser

From the people who brought you NaNoWriMo now comes SCRIPT FRENZY! Write a 20,000-word (approximately 120 pages) screenplay or stage play during the month of June! At this point, do I have any idea what the story or plot is? No. Do I have any idea who the characters...

Starting from the End

I’m looking for surprises as I tell a story . . . my favorite writers say that in their best stories they didn’t have any idea they’d turn out the way they did. It’s a good lesson . . . not to plan a story ahead of time but...

Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 4 — Points of World View

As I reported before, I received some constructive criticism of one of my fictional characters that also extended into the entire setting in which that character lives. I found myself stewing over the remarks for several days, partly because I continued to be bothered by them and also because...

Imperfect Tense

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. Eugène Delacroix The other day I was discussing writing projects with a friend and she said that her current story “needed work”. I told her, half-jokingly, that’s why first drafts were invented. (Generally, I strive...

The Long and Short of It

I knew I must write a novel. But it seemed an impossible thing to do when I had been trying with great difficulty to write paragraphs that would be the distillation of what made a novel. It was necessary to write longer stories now as you would train for...

Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 3 — In Character

It’s probably no real secret that each of characters we create, whether it be for written fiction or game-based role-playing, carries at least a little bit of ourselves within them (intentionally or not). I was recently informed that the personality of one of my characters was underdeveloped. Not entirely...

Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 2 — Global Friends

One of the things that has often come to my mind as I have played City of Heroes is the aspect of socialization. As in the real life, my experience is that people of similar play styles and outside interests tend to congregate and stay together long those with...

Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 1 — The Game’s Afoot

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NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: View From the 50,000-Word Level

Well, it’s over. 50,053 words in 30 days. The noise you hear is the sound of my heading hitting the desk in exhaustion. I don’t think even in college did I dare to make such a mad dash to the writing finish line for something. I know that what...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 4

I just wanted to drop in for a quick report as I sprint for the finish line (to paraphrase a fellow NaNoWriMo-er friend of mine) . . . The story took a very unexpected turn—both thematically and in storyline—over the long weekend. It will be interesting to see how...