The Cultivation of the Personal Project

The Cultivation of the Personal Project

The story starts like this: I write a story. It takes me many years to get to a point where it is passable. It takes a few more to make me proud of it. It will take less than one afterwards to realize how far I've come since it. But we're not there yet. I wrote a story and I thought I wanted to share that story. So I shoved into onto sub-par medium (Amazon Kindle) because I hoped everyone...

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🗓 09 Mar 2017
📁 Personal 📁 Writing

Themes Moving Forward

Themes Moving Forward

Some Threads that Bind the Tempest allusions For the first four books in the series, there were clear elemental and color themes. How to Stop Wildfire was red and fire, Harmonic Waves was blue and water, Threads that Bind the Tempest was yellow and wind, and Of Fractured Edges was green and earth. But those are the first four themes: What are the The Adventures of the Trinity and the Ones themes moving forward? The answer lies clearly within the...

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🗓 10 Oct 2016
📁 World Building 📁 Writing

Describing Character Faces

Describing Character Faces

Every character has a face and every writer, at some point, has to engage in the process know as describing character faces. As in, put words to their mental picture of a particular character. Whether that character is ugly, pretty, scarred, plain, or whatever, there needs to be some description of what they look like. And Humans, being so facial-centric, usually focus on the face. It makes sense. I don't disagree. Problem is, though, my characters don't really have, eh,...

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🗓 15 Aug 2016
📁 Writing

The Good Days and The Bad Days

The Good Days and The Bad Days

The good days are when I: Can spin a phrase without even trying. Put together dialogue seamlessly. Make only minor mistakes. Plow through a chapter in a sitting. Feel my blood spark with inspiration. Start planning out the future, smiling as I do. Flow through the story and words like I am swimming. Can focus for hours on end. Know exactly where I am going. Create a structure and order that is instantly pleasing. Find the word and phrases to...

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🗓 11 Jul 2016
📁 Personal 📁 Writing

The Writing Flow

The Writing Flow

Writing, like most things, has a point known by a variety of terms: writing flow and zone are but two of many words and phrases. They mean the state of mind one enters when fully engaged with an activity. When one becomes one with it. Conscious thought is lost to the act of doing. We become so wrapped up in the process that the bigger picture is lost. It is the essence of engaging. I love this writing flow. It...

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🗓 13 Jun 2016
📁 Writing

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

I haven't hashed it out that much, but I'm thinking about taking a break of some sort between book 4 and book 5. I don't know if it'll be a few months or just a few days, but I'm planning on working on a side-project, The Lost, intently for a little bit. Whether I'll finish it in this break or not, I don't know. I just have a feeling that after book 4 I'm going to need to spend some...

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🗓 30 May 2016
📁 Updates 📁 Writing

Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

There are times when I hit a snag along the line. The internal version, updated every moment, of the world and the events spirals along and maybe goes against what I've put forth as canon so far. What I believe is canon conflicts slightly with what is canon in the print. It is never a hard conflict; just like a phrasing stumble that has put me in a bit of a corner. I get extremely frustrated when this happens. Part...

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🗓 16 May 2016
📁 World Building 📁 Writing

Writing and Stories

Writing and Stories

How did you discover you were a writer? Discover? Do you mean discover like how Columbus ‘discovered’ the new world? Because he really did not. The Americas were always there. There were people that lived in the world that he ‘found;’ they certainly knew it existed. It had always been there for them as long as they had been. No discovery needed. In that same way of knowing, I knew that I was a writer and storyteller. It was a...

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🗓 15 Apr 2016
📁 Personal 📁 Writing

Interweaving Multiple Tones

Interweaving Multiple Tones

Life is filled with humor and sadness. Tragedy and absurdity. Drama and dullness. Everything is a part of everything. So my work reflects that. I think saying that a work should have x tone or be 'dark,' is kind of silly, unless you are going for a specifically genre-defined work. And I think it is just too restricting. I can write whatever I want to how I want it to be. So I have humorous sections and really tragic sections....

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🗓 14 Mar 2016
📁 Writing

Common Writing Mistakes I Make

Common Writing Mistakes I Make

A short list of common writing mistakes that I fall prey to constantly and some thoughts on them. Cause it is good to tell the world what you suck. This is very cathartic. I think every writer should do it. Including people who write but are not 'writers.' Showing off your problems so you can improve and so on. Whatever. Here we go: Using 'lied' instead of 'laid.' I like how 'lied' sounds, but I suppose laid is more correct....

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🗓 29 Feb 2016
📁 Writing

The Use of Genre

The Use of Genre

I've rambled about genre before. I'm not going to repeat myself and say what genre is or isn't or what not. This is, instead, a vague response to a trend I've noticed. I've seen a lot of posts recently discussing why science fiction and fantasy are important. How they can help society and such. I don't disagree with such things on principle. The use of genre can make a theme resonate more. Genre is a device of its own that...

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🗓 07 Jan 2016
📁 Publishing 📁 Writing

My Writing Process

My Writing Process

How do I write? What is my illusive writing process that can sometimes take forever and befuddle the minds of those that hear about? Wonder about it? Probably not, but I am going to share anyway because I can. My writing process breaks down into three stages. Writing, editing/buffing/filling out, and polishing. I like to refer to them as the skeleton, meat, and skin/polish stages. You'll see why as I explain what I do in them. Writing (the skeleton) Pretty...

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🗓 05 Dec 2015
📁 Writing