Two sisters, bound by the traumas of a childhood of institutions, foster-homes, and living on the streets. Bound by more than blood. The younger woman, the wiser and more stable woman, sets her sights on a life of normal. Pella plans to buy a house somewhere, a home that's always there for them. The hard … Continue reading The Ties that Bind
It's one of my banes. Description of places, people, things in a story that need to be there. I've devoured how other people do it, read up on the best/worst for each style of storytelling. Does it help? Sometimes. One book I had to read about three times before I realised what he meant. That's … Continue reading Description?
This guy: does this thing and offers up a word to make a few words of wasteful wantoness. Not really, but today for me is a day of whimsy. I'm not editing, so this state of mind is a way to play out a story. I have a penchant for wilderness writing, childish writing, overly … Continue reading FOWC – Penchant, not Pedant
Now that I've submitted the most recent project to a publisher for consideration, it's time for a new story ... How about this one? Idea: “Has it rained in the last two weeks?” [she] asked. No one answered. She spun around, hands on hips. Three of the four candidates frantically tapped at devices. Jayce gazed … Continue reading An Idea Pops Up
Hmmm, might have been a while since I posted. The good news is that I've almost finished the editing on the story for submission (oh, last week? Well, this week it will be submitted -- not out of time yet). I'm sure I spend more time editing than doing the first draft (even if the … Continue reading Which Way?
No, that's not going to be the title for the story that's been played with in the process posts. It's a gambit I use -- these are the things in the story, these are the things that brought the idea to light. And now I'll give you an opening, from the character who will be … Continue reading Robbers, Roos & Roses
[the rest of this discussion is in the earlier posts, starting here] Now that the kid is going to be the MC, let me explain why he's going to be the Main Character. Yes, I call them main characters, rather than any other label. Just habit, and stops any attempt at making them a Mary … Continue reading The Final (Almost) Starting Point
A day or so away from the planning of the story (see earlier posts for the whole process which started here), and I came up with the main thrust of the subtext. The Kid (still nameless, but that will change) wants Dee to sponsor him, he wants her to give him money. That's what he … Continue reading The Deepening of the Need
This is a continuation of the past few posts (started here) and I did a bit of an intro back here, but it wasn't going to end up being those words, unless ... Yep, you guessed it. I have to make a decision. The first part of a story is the most critical spot except … Continue reading That First Page
Finally, the bit of info for the crooks pops up. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go back a few posts and follow the progression of the creation of a story. This one has crooks, and I've been a bit lax in giving them a background. Every character needs a background to make … Continue reading The Crooks