Writing is a thing I do

 

My NaNoWriMo progress as of last night

I haven’t written anything here in a while, and the reason for it is that I have been writing other things in other places. Now that I am officially on staff for www.indiegames.com, I’m writing articles for them 4-6 times a week, which involves finding and trying good games on top of the writing itself. It’s also November, which back home in the USA is National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo.

Every year, a lot of people celebrate NaNoWriMo by trying to pump out 50,000 words of a story over the course of the month. It’s doable if you keep up with it, though when I tried last year I got a few thousand words in and then stopped. This year, I picked up the same story and am trying to actually finish it. It may be a little cheaty to use the same idea and what I started with last year, but this is a story idea that’s been floating around my head for years waiting to be written.

Besides, when the goal is 50,000 words, what’s a 2,500 word head start? Continue reading

Openings in Creative Endeavors

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My best friend linked me an article in which Steven King talks about opening sentences to books — how important they are, why that is, and what makes some more memorable than others. He spends a long time crafting the opening sentences to his books. It’s a fascinating read, whether or not you like to write. But while I was reading it, my mind drifted a bit. I’ve been thinking a lot about writing styles recently anyway, thanks to the author’s commentary at the end of the Ender’s Game audiobook, and this article just built on that for me. Continue reading