When You Start A Series, Know What It IS.

There’s a fabulous essay going around the ‘net entitled The 11 Laws of Showrunning, and while the content of it is almost entirely about being a showrunner— someone with a lot of responsibility for a lot of other people, including the staff writers, set designers, sound and lighting, and the dozens if not hundreds of […]

When it comes to plot strategies, I’m all over the map

Recently, I’ve been thinking about plot strategies. A "plot strategy" is the technique a writer uses to come up with a plot. Most writers have one, and there are writers who use the same one over and over and over: cozy mysteries series, routine romances, and low-rent space opera serials all seem to have the […]

Chapter 4 of Honest Impulses, “Working Together,” posted!

One of the things I appreciate most about sites like Archive of Our Own and Fan Fiction is the notes, the part after the story where the author chats about the current chapter or story, what they did and how they did it. Fanfic sites are often trying hard to teach one another the very […]

New Story! “Necessary Repairs,” a Misuko & Linia tale.

Journal Entry 80 / 3262: Necessary Repairs is a Misuko & Linia story set between Honest Response and Honest Question, and introduces a new minor character, a Doctor Swadjtwai, as well as establishes some important character aspects of Linia and Misuko’s relationship that will be challenged in the upcoming Honesty novel coming in January. Really. […]

When writing, remember to keep the promise you made to the reader

Last night I wrote the two words every writer craves more than any other: THE END. A story that has been on the back-burner for more than seven years finally came together. It went through revisions, so many revisions, so many good ideas that I had to twist, warp, include or discard to get to […]

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