I recently got an email message about a submission. Any time I have material waiting for a response, these messages tend to come in, most of them rejections. This one was different, if only because of the length of time involved.
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I wrote recently about a few chapters I was reworking. For a while, I knew I would have to rewrite one of those chapters, if only so the main character could ask more questions. Since he’s an intelligent guy, it’s hard for me to force him to act like a dumb hero just to ask questions.
Eventually, I came up with an idea of how I could get the main character to ask questions and not seem like a fool at the same time.
I had him put a gun on the table.
In editing mode, it’s often brought up that writers should kill their darlings. We should all just look at our prose and hack it to pieces, then forget about the junk we wrote before.
It’s an interesting idea, except it can only be used to refine a specific set of words. Killing darlings isn’t enough; we have to premeditate their murder.
There are days when things just go right. For me, yesterday was one of those days.
It has been too long.
I admit, freely, that I let things go too long without posting. It wasn’t that I had nothing to say or lacked for things to write about. Far from it.
Still, I continue to take steps forward. Let me share a few of these steps and remind myself to post about them.
While looking at a few pictures, I realized just seeing a few of them filled me with a simple happiness. Many of these were just pictures, designed to look interesting or make a famous person seem more appealing. Still, I found this joy staying with me for hours at a time just after seeing an image once.
I’m a sucker for Brandon Sanderson’s work and I have been for a while. While his epic fantasies have always had interesting characters and well-thought magic systems, he hasn’t stepped into the realm of full-blown science fiction before. In Steelheart, he’s getting closer to sci-fi than ever before.
With NaNoWriMo upon us once more, it seemed fitting to say something about perseverance. It’s a quality that every writer needs sooner or later. It divides those that write with those who wish they wrote.
These are the things we want most in a story. We want to find characters who we can relate to, at least enough where we want to follow them around. We want a real emotional response from the characters when things change, good or bad. We want things to happen, events that push the characters onward in their lives and lead us to explore the story further.
A capable scene will touch on at least one of these elements. A good scene will hit at least two things. To have a great scene, action, emotion, and character all need to be present.
And now, a short musical interlude from Kids on the Slope.
About two years ago, I read Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, which may be one of the finest fantasy worlds I’ve ever visited. Note how I say that: I visited Tigana, which isn’t difficult when you’re reading about a fascinating character like the courtesan Dianora.
This time, rather than seeing a parallel of Italy in the Middle Ages, I’m reading about eighth-century China, in the form of the fantasy nation of Kitai. This is the setting of Under Heaven, a story that promises to be very different from Kay’s previous works.