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Feb
23

A Dance with Dismay

A Dance with Dismay A remarkably spoiler-free review. I just pushed through the last few chapters of George R. R. Martin’s latest installment in the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, A Dance with Dragons. On the one hand, there were parts of the story that were just so epic, and my heart was reeling the whole time. On the other, I’m anticipating waiting another four to five years for the next one and damn is there a cliffhanger. I’ve come to the conclusion that Martin’s writing is a lesson in scene selection and structure and pacing, for both good and ill. He...
Dec
12

One Girl’s Response to Writer’s Block

One Girl’s Response to Writer’s Block I’m discovering a dirty little secret as I gather momentum on my writing project. Well, besides from having a plan, that is. More on that to come later. In the meantime, I’ve figured out a great way to boost wordcounts with minimal agony. It’s easy: Skip the hard parts. Write what flows. This is a first draft after all, so if I shove some “telling” garbage in brackets and leave myself a note to “show” or flesh it out later, I can get to the juicy bits quicker. I’m writing what I want to write. And boy is it easy once...

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