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Random Friday advice

Posted by nightphoenix on August 24, 2012 in Input, Life |

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats: #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3: Trying for theme [...]

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Interesting source

Posted by nightphoenix on April 22, 2010 in Output |

Just happened across a website with a number of articles about fantasy writing. I’ve skimmed a few and they look well-written and helpful. http://www.forresterlabs.com/limyaael/

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Computer fail

Posted by nightphoenix on March 4, 2010 in Input, News |

So I’m sitting on the hubby’s computer right now, because my hard drive crashed yesterday. And of course, hard drives only fail when you haven’t backed up in a while. Wednesday’s Wisdom: Back up your stuff. Often. Luckily, I had just sent a copy of the second draft out to my critique group, so if [...]

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Personal fiction writing rules

Posted by nightphoenix on February 24, 2010 in Input, Output |

Eh, why not? I actually do have certain things I keep in mind while writing. 1.) Symbolic details. You can’t describe everything in every room a character walks into, nor do you need to. Nobody notices everything all at once. They notice the things that call to what they are feeling. Someone who is down [...]

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for fiction

Posted by nightphoenix on February 3, 2010 in Output |

I figured this would be a good place to start Writer Wisdom Wednesdays. Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. [...]

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An interesting article about Ayn Rand

Posted by nightphoenix on January 1, 2010 in Process |

Don’t know how many Objectivist fans I have on board here, but this is an extremely well-written article by Nathaniel Branden, one of Rand’s close associates for a number of years. He highlights precisely what is attractive about Rand’s philosophy, and where it falls short. More eloquence than I’d be capable of on the subject. [...]

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This is great, so I must quote it

Posted by nightphoenix on December 24, 2009 in News |

“To All My Democratic Friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular [...]

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NaNoWriMo

Posted by nightphoenix on November 12, 2009 in Output |

Which I am NOT doing this year, by the way. I will probably have to wait until Eli starts kindergarten before I can commit to something like that. (Eli in kindergarten…only 2 years away…where does the time go??) However, I thought I’d provide links, for those who are interested, to a series of NaNoWriMo tips [...]

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Quote of the day

Posted by nightphoenix on October 15, 2009 in Output |

From Randy Ingerman’s Advanced Fiction Writing e-zine: “Fiction is about telling lies. Big,fat, hairy, prevaricating lies. If you want to write about the truth, or approximately the truth, or even something remotely approaching the truth, then the career you’re looking for is called “Journalism.” It’s a fine career choice, but it isn’t fiction.” To amend [...]

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I like this woman

Posted by nightphoenix on September 11, 2009 in Output |

This is good advice. Hope Clark: 10 Things They Don’t Teach in Writing Classes

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