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Dec 052012
 

There are three really tough parts to any writing project.

– The beginning

– The middle

– The end

Monday we covered the beginning. So here we are today, Wednesday, the middle of the week, so let’s get on with “The Middle”. The middle is where you find all the juicy bits, the fun parts that get you from “Oh no, I just lost my job” to “Why yes, I am Lord of all I see”. Or something like that.

The Middle

Nov 282012
 

One of the great myths of the creative arts is that of inspiration. How many starving artists are out there waiting for inspiration to start their next project? Too many. Really, if you want to be a not-starving artist, you can’t just wait for inspiration to find you. You are going to have to go out and find inspiration, or learn to work without it. I recommend the former.

Nov 162012
 

In case you’ve managed to miss it, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). That is a bit of a misnomer in that there are writers all over the world sitting down in front of their computers, or with notebooks and pens trying to crank out 50,000 words in just 30 days. The “Novel” part is also a bit, shall we say flexible, as some of those writers are composing the first draft of their dissertations or memoirs or even new roll-playing systems. What ever it is that all of us writers are doing, it certainly isn’t hiding in the basement or attic to type away in solitude in the middle of the night.

Aug 202012
 

Everyone believes in something. Even Atheists. The problem arises when that something, isn’t the same thing as someone else’s something. Worse yet, when those two someones who believe in different things use the same words for them. Differences over the meaning of “god” have caused wars. There have been great upheavals when two powerful people have looked at the same ancient text and decided that it tells them radically different things about how to live.

And these are just examples from real life.

In fiction, you would think that we could come up with some truly spectacular stories about the differences between various sects. We probably could… but for the most part, we don’t.

Jul 292012
 

“Sorry, I forget we can’t hear the foot steps out here.” He sat down next to her. “I can still smell you though.”

“That’s disgusting.”

“It’s the best smell in all the world.”

“Don’t think that flattery will win you any prizes.”

Jul 022012
 

Life is a balancing act. We all know that. You have to spend so much time making money, so much time sleeping, so much time relaxing, so much time building relationships which leaves only so much time for writing. Most of us – writers – like to keep busy. Some are much better at keeping busy with writing projects than I am.