Tag Archive: Dual Identities

A Good Day

There are days when things just go right.  For me, yesterday was one of those days.

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Busy Fall

Autumn is officially upon us, which means a lot of work is coming my way, whether I’m ready for it or not.  Let’s take a look at what I’ve got planned so far.

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Wielding Inspiration

It’s been said that there are no original ideas.  Joseph Campbell alluded to this by explaining the Journey of the Hero.  Being aware of that, a good writer knows that inspirational forces will have some sway over a story.

Knowing that Dual Identities is in many ways an internal story for my protagonist, I wanted to find a way to show her journey using a dreamlike, mental landscape.  Since Kathryn experiences a degree of apotheosis in the story, I thought it fitting to pattern part of her story on something that features a quest and a moment of divine empowerment.

So, I’m going to talk a little about Journey.

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NaNoWriMo 2011 Update 1

I’ve been fighting through NaNoWriMo and doing fairly well with it.  Tesseract has proved to be every bit the challenge I thought it would be, but not a challenge I can’t overcome.  What I’ve written so far, I’ve done out of order and I rarely stay with a single viewpoint character for two days in a row.  The exception to that has been my lead, Kahlan Rhhl.

So, progress.  Let’s take a look at how things are going.

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“The Other Identity”

Here it is, “The Other Identity”, the short story I’ve been writing for the past few days.  It takes place during the opening chapters of Dual Identities, but there’s nothing from that story you have to know to understand this story.  For something that I started five days before this posting, I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

Since I was inspired to do this as part of Emily Suess’ Writers’ Week, I should point this entry is based off prompt #3, You’d be much more attractive if you...

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As I approach the last stage of assembling “The Other Identity” for Emily Suess’ Writers’ Week, I find myself wanting to describe exactly how I edit my works.  Without editing, a piece of writing is raw and unable to express all that it could.  In my case, that means there could be a handful of problems.

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While working out a few more details for my entry in Emily Suess’ Writers’ Week, I discovered some interesting details about one of the central characters, as well as my overall setting, The Golden Hollow.

(Catch up with Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 by clicking the links.)

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JRR Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings from the beginning with every draft.  If he got hung up or fell out of writing, he always went back to the very beginning and started again.  He never jumped ahead, he always went perfectly in order, each time, without fail.

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Still taking part in Emily Suess’ Writers’ Week, I thought it would be interesting/informative to lay out a few of the plot elements I’m working on for the new short story “The Other Identity.”

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In exploring twitter and the internet yesterday, I discovered Emily Suess’ blog.  This week, she’s organizing the Writers’ Week Writing Contest, based around one of fifty writing prompts.  When I saw #3, “You’d be much more attractive if you…” I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about Nadia Katzeva and her lessons in Dual Identities.  From that jumping off point, I think I’ve come up with an interesting idea. Continue reading