I live in Seattle, where you can’t toss a stone without hitting a writer’s group. It might be a requirement for residency to be an aspiring writer of some sort or other. So it’s no surprise that I’m also a writer.
I mostly write fantasy space opera. I like epic heroic stories in which both science and magic work alongside each other. Likewise, I aim for grand universe-shaking plots that also rely on profound relationships between characters. Why have either/or when you can have both/and?
Ambition’s not a bad thing, is it?
So far, my problem has been in finishing work. I’ve finished some short stories, but the feedback is universally that the story doesn’t feel “ended” or “complete”: it feels like part of a novel. I’ve finished exactly one draft of a novel, back in college, but it was hardly coherent as a story. Since then, I’ve started several novels and have lost stamina partway through.
I have two goals for this blog: first, to provide some public accountability; and second, to solicit some feedback. Therefore, I plan to post daily (or almost daily) with just a simple word count for the day. It helps me to know that I’m writing for someone, so I’ll leave comments open even on those posts. Maybe you can comment with your word counts, too, and we can build a community of support?
Regularly – at least once a month, but maybe as often as weekly – I’ll post excerpts from my current work-in-progress. I might ask for general impressions, or I might be looking for a specific kind of feedback. I’ll be looking for honest opinions and, as much as you’re able, the specific phrases or passages that gave rise to those opinions. For example, “When she kicks the cat, it makes me think she’s cruel” is more helpful than “I hate her!”, and “The 2000-word description of the door slows me down; one sentence is plenty” tells me more than “So boooooring!”
Finally, I’ll randomly post links to stuff I find helpful and interesting around the internet. Because this is a blog, after all, and somebody’s got to keep the internet going!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!