Perspective: in real life and in story

How we look at things is important. As storytellers (and there’s room for storytelling even in non-fiction…) the perspective we speak/write from impacts the story we tell. It affects the information available to the narrator, the reader’s ability to associate with the characters in our story, and the nuts and bolts of how we structureContinue reading “Perspective: in real life and in story”

Not all readers are the same!

I’ve been reading a book about writing short stories; one of those books with lots of articles and contributions by different authors and publishing people who’ve ‘really been there’ and know what they’re talking about. It’s fascinating how much conflicting advice exists in the same text. Why does that happen? Shouldn’t the people who’ve ‘beenContinue reading “Not all readers are the same!”

Conference attendance virtual vs. in person

The last few years have been exceptional (you choose the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ tags for yourself…). The world’s changed a bit. One of those changes has been an increase in the acceptance of virtual conference. And yet, there’s value in being there too. Virtual advantages Virtual conferences are cheaper. You may get a direct discountContinue reading “Conference attendance virtual vs. in person”

A world of your own (Part 1)

As writers, we’re told “Write what you know.” That can be interpreted several ways. Does it mean write based on your experience? Yes. Does it mean you can only write characters exactly like you? I hope not… (Talk about a ‘send in the clones’ situation…) Does it mean we have to write things in theContinue reading “A world of your own (Part 1)”

Why the thinky stuff matters…

This week over on Words Mean Stuff I have a post on taking time to ponder. Over here at Forever Mountain, I’m presenting an example of why you should stop to ponder. Back in the bad old days (Ok, last week…), I had the idea to put a role-playing encounter up for this week’s post.Continue reading “Why the thinky stuff matters…”

Send the Letters

This week I’m working on marketing the LDSPMA writers’ conference. No, dear reader, I won’t bug you about it (I linked it though…). This week I’m contacting faculty and student organizations at some universities. And that means calls, emails, and letters. Now, I can’t say sending out emails and letters (or cold calling) is myContinue reading “Send the Letters”

Scenes and encounters

As a writer, I build scenes. As a game master, I build encounters. There are differences, but there are similarities too… Encounters and scenes have different requirements and components. I usually introduce outside characters and creatures in an encounter, but not as often in a scene. Scenes might focus on the actions of a singleContinue reading “Scenes and encounters”

Discovery vs. planning: character backgrounds

Many writers divide themselves into “plotter” and “pantser” camps. But… there’s more to fiction than plot. If you have a plot and no characters, nothing happens. There’s nobody to move the plot forward. So, today we’re considering “discovery writing” versus planning in developing characters. The joy of discovery There is joy in discovery. The thingsContinue reading “Discovery vs. planning: character backgrounds”

Life and writing: some realities

There comes a time when the HVAC is down, the repair guy has to fix a flat before he can get to the service call, your finance person is “behind”, the deadlines are imminent (or a little past… (or both)), your partner “isn’t quite getting it”, and the in-laws feel the need to have aContinue reading “Life and writing: some realities”

Great News!

Well dear reader, some good news dropped this week… Registration for the 2022 LDSPMA conference is open! There’s a lot of good (as in good for the world and good for writers) going on at the conference. So, check it out and I’ll see you next post! Dear Latter-day Saint Writers, Editors, Artists, Performers, Designers,Continue reading “Great News!”