Novel in July: What I learned.

For those of you keeping track, I tried to write fifty thousand words over the course of July.  I had a plan, a goal, and the easiest to follow story structure I could possibly think of.

So why then, did I fail to break even the ten-thousand word mark?

A meditation on a failed endeavor follows.

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Prewriting Part 2: Main Concept

This article is really more a continuation (or perhaps a culmination) of several previous articles.  It will be long and ramble-y and possibly not very well thought out.  But I think it might help to see the creative process when it’s not so polished (even if I’ve been thinking about these ideas far longer than it appears here).  Point being, if you’re looking for concise insight or new tools, best walk away now.  If however you’d like to see some of the older tools in action, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Prewriting Part 1: In Defense of Fanfiction

The main problem with writing is that it takes gobs more time to produce, than it does to consume.  As such even the fun parts of writing can easily become a chore as “you’re not getting anywhere.”  Coming up with an original idea, worldbuilding and outlining to the point you’re actually ready to write is a LOT of work to foist on anyone, not just someone brand new to the whole business.

Therefore it might be a good idea to practice with stock elements, and work your way forward from there.  That’s what “fanfiction” is.

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