Stop Feeling Lazy by Carol Look
I realized that I’ve been procrastinating.
I was genuinely busy through the last couple of months, until about the first week of this month. I got used to being so busy I had little time for writing (and what I had went into blogging and Friday Fictioneers).
When the other demands on my time finally let up, I should have gone back to the short story I’ve been trying to finish. Instead, I filled the time with more reading, particularly many interesting, but not really relevant, blog posts and news articles.
Last April, I wrote about joining the Write 1 Sub 1 monthly challenge. I had fully intended to do it. But I failed abysmally. Not a single short story finished, let alone submitted.
I set out with great intentions to participate in the monthly challenge for the whole year this year. But I let January pass me by with no progress. Continue reading
Copyright Roger Cohen
Welcome once again to the weekly Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Feel free to join us. Instructions and the weekly photo prompt are available here:
Friday Fictioneers for January 11, 2013
All of the week’s entries can be seen here:
Here is my entry for the week:
“Okay, we need the attic cleaned out today. I want everything packed, trashed or donated.” Continue reading
Hydra Island (Photo credit: francisco.j.gonzalez)
Have you heard of a logline? It’s a term I hadn’t run into before. It seems to be used more in screen writing than novel writing.
A logline is similar to a one-sentence synopsis. But it follows a very specific formula. This post by John Robert Marlow explains it very well, and why you should have one for your novel:
Building the Perfect Logline for Your Book, Screenplay, or Other Story
To quote Mr. Marlow’s basic description of a logline: Continue reading
They walk home … in desparation … by gullevek, on Flickr
I started the following story a few weeks ago when I was in the middle of one of my depressed moods. I got half way through it and didn’t know how to finish it, so I left it.
Recently, I worked out an ending, and last night I finally found time to finish it. I hope you enjoy it. Feedback and constructive criticism welcome.
“When did you give up?”
“I’m not sure. It wasn’t a single point in time. It happened gradually. Over
several years, I guess.”
“Tell me about it.” Continue reading
It was a dark and stormy night… (Photo credit: jpstanley)
The winners of the 2012 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced. This is a contest for the worst opening sentence of a novel.
The winners are truly deserving of the honors. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed (but you might be appalled). Continue reading
It’s that time of the week again…
John sighed. This wasn’t going to be easy. His footsteps echoed as he approached the CEO’s door. He hesitated, then knocked. Continue reading
It’s Friday Fiction time again.
I’m off sick today, fighting a bad cold. I threw this together quickly so I can jump back into bed. Hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to comments, but I might be slow responding and reading everyone else’ stories.
Where is he? He said the south end of the strip mall, 6pm.
“Finally. I thought something happened” said Jim.
“Had to make sure I wasn’t followed. Let’s walk.”
“Why’d you want to meet here?”
“Gift shopping. Good cover.”
“What do you have for me?”
“This’ll blow everything wide open. But we gotta be careful. Let’s head to B&N. We’ll each buy a coffee table book and a latte. I’ll slip the dossier into mine and swap bags. We’ll hit a couple of other stores, then take off.”
“Why all the cloak and dagger?
“These are dangerous people.”
Yes, I’m hooked now! Here’s my latest Friday Fiction entry (99 words).
I’d love some constructive criticism if you think there’s anything I could do to improve. Don’t hold back. I rarely bite.
“Got a delivery. Large works. 1332 Reaper Lane.”
“What’s that smirk about?”
# # #
“This must be the place. Whoa, creepy!”
Mike parked the car and jumped out with the pizza bag. The gate squeaked eerily. Where the front door should be was a wall with a strange, laughing face and a hand pointing right, down a dark hallway.
“Man, this is whacked!”
He crept down the hallway. Suddenly, something rushed toward him out of the darkness. With a shriek, he dropped the pizza and ran. He heard laughter, then “Newbs are always good for a laugh.”
I recently finished reading another psychology book I found relevant both to understanding myself better and to creating realistic story characters:
What Your Childhood Memories Say about You (and What You Can Do about It) by Dr. Kevin Leman.
About the Book
The thesis of the book is that our earliest childhood memories reveal more about us than any other question we could ask. Why? The introduction states: “Because those answers provide a priceless glimpse past all the facades and defenses, straight into the core of who a person is.”
Dr. Leman posits that our childhood memories aren’t random, that we remember them for a reason. He says: “Tell me three of your early childhood memories and I’ll tell you what weighs you down and what motivates you forward, what causes you to lose sleep at night with worry and what keeps you up with excitement — in short, what makes you you.” Continue reading
playing tag, hair aflutter (Photo credit: cafemama)
I just got “tagged” by Vikki of The View Outside with the Work In Progress Challenge. I’m supposed to answer the following ten questions about my Work In Progress (WIP).
Like Vikki, I don’t have a WIP per se. That is, I haven’t starting writing. It’s still in the planning stage. But I’ll tell you what I can about it, hopefully without giving too much away.
1. What is the title of your book/WIP?
Hydra Continue reading