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This is a fantasy story I wrote a while back for a Halloween story contest. It’s reprinted in fantasy collection Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight. The Silent Familiar The Wizard Niccolo was not happy. At the age of … Continue reading
I’m finishing up the year by trying to wrap up writing the on-demand version of my Moving from Idea to Draft class. This is a tough translation, because the live class depends heavily on what the students have brought: I try to help them go deeper into the idea each has brought to class and show them ways of fleshing it out.
For the on-demand class, what I’m doing is looking at each of the various ways I’ve seen stories develop and doing a section on each, looking at what it is, what it gives you to help with fleshing out the story, possible trouble spots, some ways to proceed with it, and then two or three exercises to refine skills with that, each with a basic and then an overachiever version, a model I used with the Description and Delivering Information class. There’s twenty-three sections altogether, but here’s the section on starting with a plot, minus the exercises.
Interested in giving someone a Cat Rambo-themed holiday present? Here’s three ways to do it: Give a gift certificate usable for my on-demand writing classes, including brand new Description and Delivering Information for Genre Writers, each $29 for December. Give … Continue reading
Hello! If you’re new to this blog, this story is part of my Patreon campaign, which you can support here. This story is a prequel to Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart; I’m working on a third involving Elspeth and … Continue reading
Today I am letting myself slack a little, feeling caught up from the weekend’s excesses and so I can game tonight. Today’s wordcount: 2592 Current Hearts of Tabat wordcount: 119954 Total word count for the week so far (day 3): … Continue reading