Month: August 2013

Sharpe’s Plot Structure

I’m working on a military-type story right now, so I ended up revisiting my old LJ notes on the subject. This is a tidied up version: There’s no point in reinventing the wheel (unless you end up with armored tracks).

Posted in Genre, Military, Writing

Morgenstern and the War on Pink

We’re on the way to school, hand in hand in the rain. “The Ninjas drop from the zeppelin,” I say. “The Purple Princess draws her sword—” “The Sword of Fate,” adds Morgenstern, my five-year-old daughter. “The Sword of Fate. And

Posted in Geek Parenting, Gender

Project C Day 2 & 3 – Process vs Writing Life!

Did I mention our cellar flooded? A tonne of water sloshing around a century of dust – a Lovecraftian blend of ancient skin cells, dead mice and coal ash. I’ve got two blowers forcing air into the space beneath the

Posted in Business of Writing, Outlining, Project C, Writing, Writing Fiction Faster, Writing Life

Project C Day 1: Outlining and the Need for Speed

Rachel Aaron writes 10K words a day. SL Veihl – who I have come to think of as Scary Word Count Lady – once told me: By good words, I’m assuming you mean words I’m not going to delete or

Posted in Outlining, Project C, Work In Progress, Writing, Writing Fiction Faster