Taking the plunge

For some months now I’ve been watching the beta process of Scrivener v 3.0 for windows. I love Scrivener, in my opinion, it’s the best program for writers interested in worldbuilding, and even if you aren’t interested in worldbuilding it has many features that make it superior to things like Microsoft Word or Open Office … Read more

What’s in a (pen) name?

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Writers, artists, and creatives have a rich history of choosing Nom De Plumes. Famous works have been published anonymously, ranging from Publius, writing the Federalist papers which have a guiding role in United States Jurisprudence, to Voltaire and Johnathon Swift, chosen to protect the identity of writers satirizing those in power. Will you work smell … Read more

You should want to be Criticized

The idea that you’ll write a perfect book is simply absurd. Even so, I’ve seen and heard other writers fret about being criticized. But here’s the thing. You should want criticism. You should crave feedback. You need to hear other’s reactions because your writing doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Writing that exists in a vacuum … Read more

Get out of your lane, and stay there

There’s a saying, one of those rules of writing “Write what you know”. This is one of those pieces of writing advice that is both great, and terrible. Writing something that you know, for instance, a job can lend an amazing amount of verisimilitude to your work. Things like jargon, or job procedures, details about … Read more

Unwriting – The Power of Negation

There is a curious fact about the English language. We use the word not almost entirely wrong. To some degree, this is about semantics, and pedanticism, and colloquialism. But this kind of linguistic ambiguity can be a writer’s friend, and it can also be used for emphasis. Consider the phrase: “I do not like green … Read more

Unheimlich – living in the Uncanny Valley

As things approach the familiar their very unfamiliarity becomes disturbing. Generally, the uncanny valley is an artistic ground trod by film and television, particularly with animated films. Movies like Benjamin Button, Cats, and Polar Express occupy a bizarre space. Characters appear humanoid, but not quite human, but they were obviously intended to evoke familiarity. One … Read more

so You Want to be a Writer

But What Does That Mean? I always wanted to be a writer. But what does that even mean? I remember when I was in middle school, I read that some writers had started newspapers at a young age. So I started a newspaper/newsletter. It was performative almost, kind of a cargo-cult, but still, I did … Read more

The Kind of World it is

This post contains affiliate links.  If you click it and buy something through the link, I get a kickback. I think there’s been a movement to gritty, realistic, highly-detailed secondary worlds. The whole conversation about worldbuilding frequently revolves, especially at a fan level, around how cool it is, and how much of it is there … Read more