So I did something dumb this week and got sorta into an argument on the Internet. I say sorta because it was more different opinions and if I had persisted it wouldn't have amounted to much. Basically, over on The Passive Voice blog, PV shared an article where some writer lectured talked on writing disabled characters and gave a list of dos and don'ts. And those sorts of articles annoy me. They generally feel very soapboxy to me and also leave me feeling like I'm expected to pity someone who is disabled.
Flashback Friday is a monthly feature created by Michael D'Agostine at A Life Examined. Got an old post that never received the love you thought it deserved? Have new followers who might not have gone through your older posts? The last Friday of every month flash back and highlight those posts.
Ready for another great book in my spectacular Give in to Reading Giveaway? (Yes, I am coming up with different ways to make this sound awesome. You wouldn't pass up something spectacular, would you? =D)
Over on StoryDam, I blogged a challenge to my fellow writers: Do the 50/50 writing challenge with me. What it is, is write at least 50 words for 50 days, and to use #StoryDam and #fiftyfifty to keep track of progress. Sounds easy, right? And it is. I did it for 12 days. That's a record for me in terms of writing daily.
I'm doing a special, mid-week post because I finally remembered to do something I've been meaning to do for a couple months and could use some help. =D
Back in June, I blogged about my indecision about what to do with my short story, Influence of Love. By the end of the post I knew what I wanted to do. I was going to republish the short story. Then I promptly forgot about it.
And here we are, already halfway through August. I think it may be going a little slower than the rest of the year, but not by much. At least I can say I've been pecking away at my goals for the month.
Writers spend hours seated in front of a computer, staring at the screen. We make up characters and move them through situations, putting as much detail into them as we can. Often we draw on our own life experiences when we’re creating characters and situations, even if we have to go all the way back to childhood.
For young writers just starting out, there’s no substitute for life experience. As they choose their jobs, here are a few occupations that can be more beneficial than others for later books.
One thing I love about flash fiction is how it lets me sneak back into worlds I've created but left behind because I had no more story ideas. My curse is I mostly write stand alones, and no matter how hard I try, I can't come up with good ideas for series. This piece is a repost from my old blog. The prompt was write something that included To the moon and the story formed so easily it was like I wasn't writing it but Cyc and Jacob were.
Since it's been a while since I've done one of these, I thought I'd give a quick recap of what Friday Quick Fic is. These are 100 word flash fiction stories I do on Fridays based around an unusual word. Usually, I find them thanks to Jocelyn Rish.
Withered, wasted, decayed, rotten.
[Late Middle English. From classical Latin marcidus withered from marcēre to wither (from an Indo-European base meaning ‘to decay’) + -idus.]
IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month, but I'm posting early this month. Explanation is below with my writing goals. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!