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Category Archives: Writing
In my forty-odd years of employment, I kept a list of things I wanted to do, but for reasons of expense or time, I had to put off. “Fly an airplane” was one of them. “Write a novel” was another. … Continue reading
The Antagonist’s Plan
Stories are usually focused on one character called the protagonist. Readers see through their eyes, experience their emotions, and thereby escape their problems for a little while. Such is the attraction of good fiction. For the majority of these stories, … Continue reading
Two Kinds of Writers
I see two kinds of writers at the writing groups I attend. First and most common are the ones doing personal therapy. (Please note: I don’t intend any disrespect; I’ve been there and done that myself.) The goals of these … Continue reading
John Sandford (John Camp)
I attended a book signing by John Sandford, a pseudonym used by John Camp, at Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen Bookstore yesterday evening. I made some notes from the event. My apologies for any errors herein; they are my own. If I’ve … Continue reading
Story to Screenplay to Movie
The movie “Arrival” (2016), in spite of its sometimes slow progress, has intrigued me for some time. After watching my BlueRay copy for the n’th time, I did some digging and came up with both the original story and also … Continue reading
Interactive Fiction with Twine
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Overview Twine is an editor and converter for IF, Interactive Fiction. Writers use it to create the kind that is text-based as opposed to animated. In this read-and-click variety, players read text provided by the author and choose from the … Continue reading
Where Stories Come From
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The seed begins in a crack. Its first root pushes downward. Finding soft soil, it extends, or discovering a rock, it goes around. The root forks and each tendril explores, diverts, reaches deeper, and forks again. Real life is like … Continue reading
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When a new idea gets my juices flowing, I want to write it down before it gets away. If I’m at my notebook computer, a new Scrivener project is ideal. I click File -> New Project and then… Damn! Scrivener … Continue reading
Labels, Labels, and Labels in Scrivener
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If it’s in the Binder, you can assign it a label, but only one label. That seems rather limiting, don’t you think? Well, yes and no. Let’s explore a little bit. Here’s the set of labels in one of my … Continue reading