Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 Participant

Sure, why shouldn’t I give it a shot? It’s not like I have anything else going on these days? I’m setting my word count goal at 10,000 words, though. I’ve got to be reasonable about it.

It’s a Plot

Larry Brooks at Storyfix has a good explanation of plot, and why stories need one [Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You] Plot is the creation of character and dramatic dynamics that lead to, point toward, that call for, that require… resolution. A story in any genre (other than literary)…

Interesting read: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors

Flavorwire: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors I have a stash of these types of images in my writing reference folder, but Flavorwire links to some I haven’t seen yet. Diving down into the individual [via] links to the original articles on each chart is a must – Without it I wouldn’t have landed…

Charles Dickens and Character Names in Bleak House

Bleak House is a giant tome (it clocks in at 360,947 words!) and is regarded as one of Charles Dicken’s finest works. One of the things that I’ve always loved about Charles Dickens’ books which struck me again while watching the 2005 BBC series of Bleak House was how evocative Dickens’ characters & places names…

David Foster Wallace: This is Water

A condensed version of the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005, set to video. You can read the whole of the commencement address here at the Economist’s Intelligent Life. And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of…

List of linguistic example sentences

Via wikipedia – List of linguistic example sentences From the “grammar is fun” section of wikipedia, the page includes sentences that explain: Lexical ambiguity: Will Will will Will’s will to Will? (Will Will [a person] will [bequeath] Will’s [second person] will [a document] to Will [a third person]? Alternatively, “Will Will will Will’s will?” Also,…

Parataxis

Parataxis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Parataxis is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions. Examples Perhaps the best-known use of parataxis is Julius Caesar’s famous quote, “Veni, vidi, vici” or, “I came, I saw, I conquered”. An extreme example is…

Iron Writer Challenge: Accepted

I signed up for the Iron Writer Challenge, and will be competing on February 12th. How it works – 5 authors each write a 500 word flash fiction story in a 4 day span of time including 4 required elements (example: 1968 Elvis Presley Comeback Special, Someone mowing/cutting grass, A note left on a car,…