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Monthly Archives: May 2011

On Storytelling Terminology: Questions (2 of 2)

Tweet This week we’re talking about industry terms, and specifically focusing on the questions that keep people reading. Yesterday I talked about the gimmicks–hooks and plates–but today I want to talk about your load-bearing questions. These are the questions that form the foundation of your story. They’re the questions that drive your protagonist through some […]

On Storytelling Terminology: Questions (1 of 2)

Tweet At long last, I’m going to fulfill a promise made weeks ago. I’m going to teach you some storytelling terminology. As I admitted to Joshua Unruh yesterday, I tend to work off a couple different writing glossaries that use some overlapping but non-identical terms. That means when I say “plot point” in one context […]

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from Tornados

Since Ed and I moved here three-and-a-half years ago, we’ve had a tornado scare every spring. And without fail, every time there’s a tornado headed our way, it lifts somewhere west of us and passes us by. The same thing happened yesterday. We huddled in a basement for an hour, while the temperature rose, and the humidity increased…

On Storytelling Terminology: Covershoot

Tweet Last week I half-apologized for a temporary and unexpected hiatus due to my busy schedule, and then it went and got busier. The weekend featured the first major event by my publishing-company-slash-engine-for-world-change, the Consortium. You can read a summary of the event that I wrote for the official page, but you’ll get a clearer […]

On Temporary Hiatus

Tweet Last Tuesday, I told a little story about unexpected delays, and then promised to follow up with a couple educational blog posts on Thursday. I talked about family medical emergencies and final homework assignments. I didn’t really say much about my novel coming out in June. But I have a novel coming out in […]

What I Learned about Writing This Week…from WILAWritWe

I’ve learned that I glean inspiration from about a kajillion more sources than I ever thought I did. To celebrate this cramazing realization, I shall now share with you a list (with headings, sha-ZAM!) of WILAWriTWe inspirations.

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from De-Crapping My Closet

Greetings, dear inklings. Today’s WILAWriTWe title comes to you courtesy of the German language, directly translated with love by Yours Truly.

You see, in German, there is the word Mist. This word is what we in linguistics would call a “false friend”: It looks like it means “fine spray of water,” and yet, it means nothing of the sort…

On Storytelling Terminology: Alligators over the Transom

Tweet I’ve told the story before about the time I graduated from college, realized I needed to get a job (yes, in that order), freaked out, and then fell into a high-paying technical-writing position that was created just for me. My interview went, “Would you prefer to work in this cubicle, or that one?” And […]

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from Jericho

Tweet When it comes to movies and TV shows, I am continually behind-the-times. I grew up watching AFN (American Forces Network, which, as I understand, bought shows from stateside networks. This meant we saw TV shows 6-18 months after they started airing in the US. The delay was only frustrating if you were someone who’d […]