All posts tagged: literature

“The Hydra Effect”: 3 Ways to Manage Multiple Plot Conflicts

“When writing, don’t try and figure out every aspect of the story in the beginning. Know where you are, have an idea of where you are going, but for goodness sake, DON’T RUSH AHEAD!” Sage advice? I’d say so. I’ve had to tell myself this many times before. Plots are tricky. A good plot will keep the reader engaged. A great plot will keep the writer on the edge of their own seat. For this reason, it’s important that you take your creative time. Don’t try to solve every problem or knot that presents itself. You are going to have some questions at the beginning of each story that don’t have immediate answers. This is true of our real lives as well. When we jump ahead and start trying to break down conflicts that are not presently relevant in our plot line, we end up causing our own “writer’s blocks.” Not only this but as you answer these plot questions and conflicts, you will find that you have engaged in what I am calling (Insert …

Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015 You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book. Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it. Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace. What in the world is happening?! You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.) First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke. You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a …

Monday’s Muse: Writing Prompt June 1st

  OPENING LINE: “The biting kiss of the scorching sun upon his parched eyelids is what woke him up, but seeing the bloody prints that ended at his body is what fully knocked the sleep from his eyes.” RULES: Using the above line and the picture provided, create a story (or even a poem) within 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of this  post to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog. (PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU) My results will be posted on Thursday JUNE 4th under the FICTION tab, then the WRITING PROMPTS …

Never Judge A First Draft By Its Word Count: The Fun of Novel Writing

The title is pretty self explanatory, right? More so than anything, for me, it is necessary reminder. As it stands, I am a mere couple of weeks away from the one year anniversary for when I first started writing Ascension Graveyard…and the first draft STILL isn’t finished. Now, I am not complaining, because honestly, I have done a crap load of that already, but I have been a little bit nervous. Why the nerves you ask? Well because I still have a good 30 to 40k worth of words that still need to be said here, and the manuscript, as of 20 minutes ago is at a whopping 130k words! YIKES!!!! Imagining that by the time I type those two delicious words, THE END, that I will be hovering at a word count somewhere around 170k makes me jittery. I will have to take a knife to my story and cut things away that I have grown to love. Big chunks of body, flying everywhere! Can you imagine it?! I don’t want to lay claim …

Writing Process: A Question-What is Your Process?

For the last five years I had been the sole proprietor of a small business. It was hard, honest work-work that ate up most of my mental time, and creativity. I enjoyed it for the season that I was dedicated to it, but I recently closed that business, and have found myself with somewhat of a void. What I mean is that where nearly ever waking hour of my day was dedicated to the growth and production of this business with as many moments stolen away to dedicate to my writing, I know find myself wearing a different hat; one where my muscle memory is focused in “business mode” but I am clearly standing in the land I have longed to be in for many years now, and that is the world of writing! Now that I have all of this time on my hands to actually write, I find myself struggling to make the best use of it. Don’t get me wrong, I get at least 1,500 words in a day, but that is …

Writing Process: A Quote

In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful…You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.” ~Doris Lessing In our pursuit of writing the perfect prose, novel, short story, let us bless ourselves with the gift of time-time enough for our ideas and visions to proof and rise to their fullest potential. After all, I would much rather have a “meal” from a slow cooker than a microwave. Let’s treat the words we weave together with the same honor and respect, especially since we intend to feed them to someone else. Cheers!

Writing Prompt Results: From March 23 Free Flow Write

He watched them from afar, but the disdain he felt for them was so closely lit in his chest he feared he would combust and light the sky with his flame. If only he had flame. If only he had anything at all with which to pay them in full the debt of the indignation they had birthed in him. How easily they had come into his world, and how easily they had slipped out, snatching away from him all hope for the future he had so diligently clawed to obtain. “Liars!” He hissed, following them closely in the cover of deep black shadow. They were nothing but a pair of liars, off again to do to others what they had done to him. He raised trembling fingers to his face and gingerly touched the angry scar that ran atop his forehead and down towards his jaw. She had given that to him, sliced him so effortlessly that one would have thought the witch was cutting through dinner meat. But it was her companion who …

March 23 Writing Prompt Results by Rick Aguirre

Hello all! I had the pleasure of reading the results of our latest writing prompt, done by Rick Aguirre. As he does not have a blog of his own (which with chops like these, I think he should consider acquiring one) I have decided to share his results for him. Enjoy! He watched them from afar, but the disdain he felt for them was so closely lit in his chest he feared he would combust and light the sky with his flame. The sounds of the city clattered on like an old jazz tune which, in another time, another place, might have been endearing but here and now only served to stoke the embers smoldering in his bowels. His gaze fell upon them like that of an owl leering through a wooded hollow as they blithely sauntered down the narrow street. Details emerged from their silhouettes as they passed a well lit storefront only to fade back into obscurity once they traveled beyond the light’s reach. Light or no he could see them. He needed no illumination to …

Monday’s Muse: Writing Prompt March 23 2015

  OPENING LINE: He watched them from afar, but the disdain he felt for them was so closely lit in his chest he feared he would combust and light the sky with his flame. RULES: Using the above line and the picture provided, create a story (or even a poem) within 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of this  post to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” My results will be posted on Thursday March 26th under the FICTION tab, then the WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES, then MY WRITING PROMPT RESULTS. Cheers!

Monday’s Muse: Free Flow Writing Prompt March 16th

OPENING LINE: He swirled the small glass beneath his nose, careful not to breath too deeply. RULES: Using the above line and the picture provided, create a story (or even a poem) within 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of this  post to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. My results will be posted on Thursday March 19th under the FICTION tab, then the WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES, then MY WRITING PROMPT RESULTS. Cheers!