Posts Categorized: Journal

Journal Entry – Nov 9, 2015

My novel is moving along.  I am always impressed with people who can actually complete the National Novel Writing Month (or whatever it is called).  50,000 words in 30 days is no small feat.  I don’t think I could do it – and not have it turn out into anything worth reading (or editing).  That… Read more »

Journal Entry – Nov 1, 2015

In writing (or reading), imagine how boring a character would be if they were just angry or only sad.  A purely evil or good character is not only unrealistic, but also quite dull.  Yet, think of how interesting a murderer would be if he/she also always visited his grandmother with flowers.

Journal Entry – Oct 30, 2015

The novel I am working on, fitfully for far too long, keeps changing underneath my very well laid out plans.  This is a good thing, as it seems that the characters are more fleshed out, more real, have stronger personalities that can move about on their own, while I am desperately try to keep up… Read more »

Journal Entry – October 25, 2015

I have been making strong, steady progress on my longer piece of fiction.  It has taken me quite some time to get to this point, a lot of frustration and self-doubt, but the story is finally coming together.

Journal Entry – Oct 20, 2015

In the past, I have read that one should always “stay hungry.”  I have generally taken that to mean that one should always be ambitious, never to rest on one’s laurels, etc.  But it seems that there is a more literal truth to this – being hungry is not only good for me to lose… Read more »

Journal Entry – Oct. 16, 2015

For me, the activity itself is not enough.  When I go for a walk, I want to have a purpose for the walk beyond itself (e.g., seeing a sight, finding a clue on a treasure hunt, etc.).  If I exercise, it is not just to lose weight and get healthier, but rather to develop a… Read more »

Journal Entry – October 14, 2015

Watching bad B-movies makes me wonder if my own writing is as stilled and one dimensional.  I suppose many authors (aspiring or otherwise) feel this way.  But the goal for me is to create something enveloping, but how does one know if it is so?  If a story is not enveloping, not immersive, if it… Read more »

Journal Entry – Oct 13, 2015

I am making strong progress on my longer piece, will probably be about as long as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.     I have to be careful about the tone of the story.  I find that when I force it, it comes off as distracting to the moment described.  Yet, I want the story to be fun –… Read more »