My Thoughts on Author-Character Similarity

So this is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now, and it’s especially applicable, I think, to stories told in first person, but it can also be important in other POVs. I thought that maybe I might be able to sort out my own thoughts on the topic by writing about them, so here goes nothing. Hopefully something useful comes out of this post.

To some extent, the author of any novel or story is going to end up inserting at least a little bit of themselves in every character. Continue reading “My Thoughts on Author-Character Similarity”

Why I Love Camp NaNoWriMo

So, for anyone who doesn’t already know what this is, let me say I’m very glad to get to be the one to explain it. Of course, many readers here will already be a part of Camp, but if you aren’t, this is for you.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a branch of the larger parent group NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge for writers of all walks of life and genre to participate in. Traditionally, Continue reading “Why I Love Camp NaNoWriMo”

On Writer’s Bl–

So let’s say you’re reading about how to write. Don’t we all at some point? There’s hundreds of books and self-proclaimed magical  methods for you to write your book better. They suggest all sorts of things: Have an imaginary conversation with your character, write a paragraph about the purpose of every scene, do a warm-up exercise by writing “Hello, blank page.”

Here’s the deal with all that—you’re not writing your story. You’re writing about your story, sure, but in the end, no matter how many warm-ups you’re doing, that book doesn’t get any longer. So let’s take a look at what’s actually going to help in the long run. These are especially important in a first draft, when you’re just trying to get a story down on paper—and that’s what’s really important. Continue reading “On Writer’s Bl–”

Obligatory First Post

Hi all! Though nobody will probably ever read this, at least not until the far future, I felt like I was almost obligated to write a “first post” post to replace the ugly default one WordPress has picked out. I don’t have a specific destination in mind for this site, but I’m hoping it will be sort of a repository for my thoughts about mostly writing and maybe every once in a while my opinions on things like politics or stuff going on in the world.

Honestly, I’m just relieved to have this site working. The initial setup was easy, but the custom CSS took forever and I’ve had bugs with a whole lot of stuff. Here’s hoping that it continues to work for years to come! Continue reading “Obligatory First Post”