WHY YOUR STORY SUCKS: It’s Your Characters

Some days you face the page and you spin gold. Others you sit down and you write crap. Knowing the difference is what you need to get good at.

Monday was one of those crap days. I suspected it while I was writing but my fears weren’t confirmed until I read it back Tuesday.

Let’s figure it out together.

One of the reasons I was resisting getting back to Legend of the Looking Glass was that I had stopped at a bad place. The next scene to write was a scene that I didn’t really know what it needed to be. I knew the shape of most scenes, but not that one.

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Wrimo Update, Nov 10

I’m simply going with Wrimo now because the first two words of the abbreviation (national and novel) don’t apply. For me the goal was to make it a writing month so Wrimo is an apt name.

Week one was kind of a Wrimo fail. I didn’t actually get much done. Life stuff and other deadlines got in the way. They were things that should help keep the rest of the month somewhat clearer so there’s that.

On the plus side, Looking Glass is fully outlined. I’ve got a good handle of the story which will help keep things moving. Not to mention, I had the first eleven pages done prior to November.

Currently, it’s page twenty-one and the outlook is promising. Also, there’s a progress meter in the sidebar now.

If you want more info on my going from page eleven to twenty-one, check out the parallel post: “Why Your Story Sucks: It’s Your Characters“.


Do you wrimo? (NaNoWriMo 2010)

I spent a bit of time thinking about what I should write for my first blog post but when I realized what month this was, it was pretty obvious.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an event that takes place every November with the goal of getting folk to turn out pages. Useful because as any writer worth their words will tell you, facing the page can be one of the most daunting things there is. It’s also the most important  step to getting anything finished.

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