#NaNoWriMo Update – 11/23/2018

Well, not much progress has been made, which is why I haven't posted this until the last minute today. I really just haven't felt like writing (or even reading), even when I did have some time. Although, granted, time has been in short supply as usual. Last weekend I went up to my friend's comic... Continue Reading →

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#NaNoWriMo Update – 11/16/2018

Well, ok, so I got started really late with my writing project. I spent the beginning of the week recovering a bit from socializing over the weekend and didn't really buckle down to write until Thursday night. Whoops! I'm not focusing on being 'behind' or even word count. My only goal is to work on... Continue Reading →

#NaNoWriMo Update – 11/9/2018

Well, we're a little over a week into NaNo and here's my first update already--man how time has flown by! So, my first official update is that I haven't actually started writing yet. (Gasp!) This past week has been so busy. There wasn't time at all during the convention because any spare time was spent... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2018 – So it Begins

Well, it's November 2nd, and that means we're officially into National Novel Writing Month territory, huzzah! I'm sure most of you are aware about NaNo, but if not it's a month long writing endeavor every November. A few years ago I wrote a huge post about here on the blog where I discuss the ins... Continue Reading →

Brainstorming: A Play in One Agonizing Act. Scene One

[Article by CJ Casey] Some of you may know that I’m currently revising the first book of a trilogy and charging into the rough draft of the second book. While I was going through my notes, I came across this informal play script that I came up with when I was brainstorming the concepts and... Continue Reading →

Cross-Post: Story 1/52

Here's a new story just published by one of us. In honor of our upcoming Short Stories Webcast, I've decided to plunge back into my project of writing a story a week for at least a year. Please check it out, share it, and let me know what you think. Story 1/52

The Abruptness of Storytelling

This is a cross-post from The Unicorn Blues. Lately I’ve been thinking about different ways you can tell a story, and how abrupt tonal shifts and/or endings shouldn’t always be considered flaws. No matter what kind of story you’re telling, it is somewhat going to echo life around you; life with its rapid tonal shifts... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing as TV Competition

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And so the Italian state TV, RAI, decided to do what everybody said would be a bad idea – a talent show for writers.

They gathered 5000 “aspiring writers”, who submitted 5000 manuscripts, and then they did the classic reality/talent routine.
They set up a judging panel of three popular novelists, and let the circus begin.
For the winner, a promised print run of 100.000 copies through a major publisher.

100.000 copies, in a country in which the average citizen reads 0.73 books per year, and 5000 copies are considered an solid success for a well-established author.

The show is ugly.
Granted, a reality show is probably supposed to be vulgar and simplistic, but here we go a lot farther than usual along that road.

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New (to Me) Blog: The Days and Nights of kashmirgirl1976

I discovered this blog this evening, after she discovered us. She has a nice write-up this month of horror movies, and I recommend checking it out. Though I'm not sure I can trust her... she says that there might be "an adequate amount" of Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch on her page, and frankly, I don't know if... Continue Reading →

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