Building a Protagonist Visually

Oct232014

Welcome to Discovery Month on Argh. It’s what I’m obsessing on right now, so you’re stuck with it.

If there’s one thing that’s a given about writing fiction, at least the way I write it, is that you find out most of what you need to know by writing the story. But when you’re collaborating on fantasy set in a world that you’re making up as you go, you do a lot of discovery with other people first. read more >>

Brainstorming Setting

Oct212014

Setting is more than location. It’s time, geography, weather, and people. It’s the wallpaper for your story, and just like wallpaper, poor choices and inadequate preparations can destroy the whole room story. We’re in the middle of brainstorming our setting–Toni and I at this point are obsessed–so I figured I’d give you an idea of how we’re doing it. Also, I don’t have time to write a blog post.

The working title for our book is Monday Street because that’s not just the location, that’s the state of mind. read more >>

The Monday Street Collage: Details Add Up

Oct202014

Mondays have turned out to be the day I look at the collage and see what I’ve done that week (fitting for a collage for a book called Monday Street), and what happened this week was relationships.

So first, the collage as it is now:

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Questionable: Discovery

Oct192014

Lola asked:

Could you talk about the discovery process? I’m getting back in to an old story and I feel like I need a refresher course in who my character is and the world she lives in. I like her but I think enough time has gone by that who I wanted her to be is different now. I’m older and now I want her to be older and wiser too.

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Cherry Saturday 10 18 2014

Oct182014

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It’s National Chocolate Cupcake Day in America. Even if you’re not American, please honor our customs today.