The First Rule of Holes

"Stop Digging!" Which is great if you are a real person, but there are times when you need a character to keep digging. Or when a character is bound and determined to keep digging no matter what you, the mere author, want. So, do you wince and wait to see how bad it's going to... Continue Reading →

Flying by the seat of my pants

Or, how much do I trust what I can't control? I'm watching a writer-friend losing her mind because the story she's writing, after years away from a series, is not going the way they thought it would, or to the length they thought it would, and the characters are getting into situations that she didn't... Continue Reading →

I’ve lost the plot

Right now I'm about ready to go looking, because it may have chewed a hole through the fence and gone a'wandering. And worst of all, it's taken the other one with it. I wonder if I put up flyers, looking for the return of one space opera, novel-sized plot, and one urban fantasy, novella-sized, if... Continue Reading →

Narrator’s point of view

'The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.' Proverbs 18 verse 17 Follow any court case - or even any debate, and if you're undecided, it's who puts the most convincing case, which is both logical and consistent. The facts, set out by either party, from their... Continue Reading →


This is my brain, waving. Hi! No, seriously. What else would you be reading, if not the complicated interaction of mental impulses transmitted to fingers with just enough force to depress the keys of my laptop (I really need to set up a keyboard...) Oh, look, a stray wave. One thought, conflicting with the overall... Continue Reading →

Logic, suspension of disbelief

There are people who go through life believing 'If I buy kippers it will not rain' and whose heads manage to hold mutually contradictory ideas at the same time. Unfortunately, these are not good traits - for anyone, but especially for writers. 'Oh, but you just make stuff up. It doesn't have to be logical.... Continue Reading →

Narcissism, writers, and readers

I recently came across an article discussing how narcissism has become an increasing problem in America. In 2008, Twenge published a study comparing college students' scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory scale to scores from students in 1979, finding that levels of narcissism had risen roughly 30 percent. Additional research has evinced this increase. "59%... Continue Reading →

I b’ain’t dead

Just resting. In fact I am feeling much better, I think I'll take a little walk... No, I haven't got the black plague, or even if the RAT tests are to be believed the modern equivalent (which doesn't even compare - but you tell the young people of today that, and they won't believe yer.)... Continue Reading →

The oblique approach

Once I've decided on the second fight scene, I've consulted with my subject matter expert, and I know where and why and have the bare bones for how... why does it take three more scenes before the first bullet flies? Oh, right, because plot. And characters, needing to get from point A to point B.... Continue Reading →

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