Reasons to Trunk a Novel: No Theme or Premise

I’ve decided to trunk another story. After Star Kingdom, which at 95,962 words is among the longest things I’ve ever written, I was a little burned out on writing in general. I’ve been a little burned out on life, for that matter; I took a sabbatical from work and I’ve been doing very little with […]

Honest Impulses, a Post-Mortem

So, Honest Impulses has reached those two most blessed words: THE END. I’m struggling to figure out what to do next. I think I first mentioned Honest Impulses on March 13th, 2013, which makes it one of the shorter-lived WIPs in my collection, but certainly one of the most tortured. There are so many revisions […]

I am a prophet of doom!

Nikhil Sonnad writes: To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to "people" but to "users," collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs. I […]

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 […]

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