Someday: A Poem

Someday: A Poem by River. Image made with Canva.

Someday, the things that are magic now will be just accepted facts. More pieces of cold hard reality just there unnoticed like the refrigerator and the washer and the dryer.   (Things I use every day I've stopped seeing them, hearing them but they were once magic to me, too. I wonder if they are … Continue reading Someday: A Poem

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Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year: Opportunity Cost & Creative Work

Short answer: Because I want to take a break this year. Read on for the long answer. . . .

Today is the fifth of November.  Last year, this would have meant that I was cloistered in my writing room, working to hit 11k words on my manuscript by midnight.  But this year, like it states in the title, I decided to not participate in NaNoWriMo. I did wonder if I needed to write a … Continue reading Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year: Opportunity Cost & Creative Work

Write the Story You Want to Write | Plotober

Dear Plotters, First of all, Happy Halloween!  🎃 It's the end of October, which means we've successfully made it through another Plotober!  This month, we've covered a lot of ground: We've talked about finding the kind of story you want to tell, and how emotions have impact, and using what characters want and what they … Continue reading Write the Story You Want to Write | Plotober

Outlines: The Roadmap of Your Story (Plotober 2018)

Dear Plotters, It is the last week of Plotober.  With only a few days left in the month - and only a few days left before the great first-draft frenzy that is NaNoWriMo - I thought we should touch on something that can be immensely helpful as a guide during the writing process: the story … Continue reading Outlines: The Roadmap of Your Story (Plotober 2018)

The 2+1 Sensory Method: The Easy Way to Add Sensory Detail to Story Scenes

The 2 + 1 Sensory Method: An Easy Way to Bring Your Story World to Life Using Sensory Details

Dear Plotters, On Monday, we kicked off the discussion of setting with a look at the macro view: What is the world where your character lives?  What is it like?  Now let's go deeper and look at the micro: the details that will bring your world to life. Today, I want to share with you … Continue reading The 2+1 Sensory Method: The Easy Way to Add Sensory Detail to Story Scenes

Setting the Stage: Building the World Where Your Characters Live | Plotober

"Don't worry, kid. I know this city like the back of my hand."

Dear Plotters, So far in this year's Plotober series we've mostly discussed character development and story design.  Having a firm foundation based on understanding your characters is important - and as I have said before, I am a firmly in the character-driven plot camp.  And equally important is the world they live in, the world … Continue reading Setting the Stage: Building the World Where Your Characters Live | Plotober

Desire and Fear, Part 2: On Fear | Two Powerful Motivational Forces | Plotober

Desire and Fear are two powerful motivational forces. Use them to drive your character along and to see what they're made of.

Today's essay was co-written by Cloud. Dear Plotters, Welcome back to the second part of the Motivational Forces series.  On Monday we discussed Desire, the motivation of Want.  Today we're flipping the coin to look at the antithesis of Desire: Fear. Remember Cloud's observation from the last post? Need some instant drama? Give your character … Continue reading Desire and Fear, Part 2: On Fear | Two Powerful Motivational Forces | Plotober