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Emerald Specter 49: Storytelling

If you haven’t been paying attention, Emerald Specter.com is quickly shifting to telling stories. Stories about all kinds of wonderful things, some in “real time,” and some pre-written. With this focus, this branding, I’ll be moving things in directions that I hadn’t necessarily intended when I started moving the site in this direction.

In August, No Man’s Sky Update 1.3 will be released and that will (apparently) introduce all kinds of new little goodies to the game. There is an ARG, or alternate reality game, that is currently happening (entitled Waking Titan) which is leading to this update’s release. This is all important because I’ve decided to tell a narrative using No Man’s Sky but not using No Man’s Sky “narrative,” if that makes sense. I’m waiting for the update to come out to see what other things I’ll have access to in order to tell the narrative that I have in mind. I’ve come up with the basis of this narrative, now I wait to see what alterations I need to include with the release of this update. This IS happening and I’m going to be doing this a little differently than I initially intended (though included as an option everywhere I’ve talked about it).

There will be two narratives going on at the same time… the first is the narrative of the live stream of the game I’m playing, complete with audio commentary as I go and my “co-pilot” will join me at being somewhat “in character.” The reason I continue to put that term in quotations is that if something comes up in the real world while I am playing, I’ll break character and may even have some “dead gameplay” happening while we figure out what is happening. I’m planning on a schedule of when to follow along live but this is really just gathering the information for the other part of this narrative: the edited and “finished” product.

Ideally, the idea is to have a cohesive “season” of story told through several installments. When you watch one of these polished episodes, you’ll get some of the live in-game audio but you’ll also get a lot of voice over narration, telling the story that is harder to pick out from the live feed. Did you see me react a certain way on a planet and didn’t really understand format he live feed, even after watching the scene three times? Well, in the voice over polished episode, you’ll hear about the story beat that was intended to be included in the live feed but my “in character” perspective wouldn’t necessarily understand what was happening.

Yes, I am thinking deep on this one. I hope you’ll enjoy what I’ve got planned.

Moving along, I’ve mentioned on the Specter Show about writing serial fiction for this site. While I stalled slightly after writing “episode 1” of the series, I have started in on the first third of “episode 2” and I’m not looking back. I’ve gotten Kevin Couick (from the Greatest Show) interested in the writing of a serial, so we may have a second serial gracing the site that I am not directly involved with! I’d edit, as I have asked him to do for me, but I wouldn’t be writing anything about it.

With the series I’m working on, which I’ll call “Untitled: Series 1,” I want all 12 or 13 episodes completed, edited, and released in 12 or 13 consecutive weeks (as if I were HBO releasing one of their original series on their channel). Once I’m done with the editing and scheduled set up of the release, I intend to start working on another series. Will that be Untitled: Series 1, Season 2? Probable, though I don’t want to exclude the possibility of New Series Season 1. With Kevin in the mix, I wouldn’t feel the pressure to expand into another series right away, as there would be more content to release that would be interesting for you (the audience).

Keep strong if I decide to write a different series instead of season two of the first one… there are lots of stories I have to tell and some of them need to be out there before continuing with the already released “sequels.” Besides, if you like both series, THEN which one do I write third? Right?

All this talk of writing may also result in audio versions of these episodes. So, with the release of a season and then a release of the audio versions at a future date, I would essentially have a novel and an audiobook released within a relatively short span of time.

Also, I don’t know if Kevin intends to novelize his offering but I am intending to novelize mine. Some people like to hold a book when they read and I’d like to be able to sign something for those that really enjoy what I will write.

If you’ve been paying attention to some of the things I’ve talked about on past episodes of the Specter Show, you’ll note there are a couple of items that are completely missing from any sort of documentation in the last few columns or episodes… that would be the narration I was talking about doing for the Doctor Who synopsis readings that I’d promised. I haven’t forgotten about them, I have pushed them to the background because I am actively writing and do not want to interrupt the creative process. I may also discover that I don’t have time for that until a “lull” in the writing process, too, so perhaps saving it for later would be a better thing.

The final thing, which is sort of a storytelling topic, is the concept of columns. I have been writing multiple columns at one point, would liked to have gotten back to that for the sake of content, and I have failed to relaunch things like I’d promised. Well, I’m considering doing something a little different and that would mean an explanation of how and why I’m considering this.

I used to write a professional wrestling column waaaaaaay back in the 20th century (which ran for 350 weekly releases for a website that has since gone down in quality). That would be six years plus of writing about professional wrestling. How did I accomplish this feat? What made the column last that long?

First and foremost, I chose a single topic and talked the hell out of it. Sometimes it was about a match, sometimes it was about an angle (a storyline between two or more wrestlers), sometimes it was about history (lineage of a championship, progression of a specific character, or the rise/fall of a federation), and sometimes it was just about what was currently happening in the world of wrestling (at that time, it would have been between WWE and WCW… later being between WWE and TNA). After the first 50-75 columns, though, topics started to be a little tougher to fill out the entire column length (which was about 750-1500 words, depending on the topic). My audience was clamoring for more, so I did something unexpected…

I added sections to the column.

The first part of the column then became a brief “info dump” about what I thought about what was currently going on at the time. This was about 250-500 words, depending on how interesting the angles were at the time.

The second part was the “traditional” column, containing a focus on a single topic that was now reduced to 500-1000 words, depending on the specific topic. This was also an opportunity to revisit ideas I’d already written about and retell them in the shorter format.

The third part was a story I started developing as part of a series of fictional accounts. At first the story would be released to fantasy booking (setting up angles or shows with specific matches or whatnot). Once the fantasy booking started to see a lull, I created a fictional wrestler and ran him through entering the business and eventually becoming a Hall of Fame character in the twilight of his career.

That third part was, by far, my most popular feature. The third part was also another 500-1000 words, depending on the era of the wrestler’s life I was currently in (and whether he was involved in some random, small federation or one of the “big 2” at the time). There were random columns through the remainder of my run that were nothing but the third section, and those were the highest read columns I ever wrote.

Unfortunately, those columns are not available on that website any longer… not only have they drastically redesigned, they apparently dumped their historical information (I checked), so most of what is on that site now is either new or just plain “in the now.”

If you’ve been paying attention and haven’t gotten distracted by my recounting of my wrestling column, you may have figured out that I am thinking of doing that with this column (or a brand new one). I would write about a topic that relates to the website (like the Emerald Specter column you are currently reading), include the SpecterFit column that I have wanted to relaunch (which wouldn’t always be long enough to warrant a full column, so this new format would fit much nicer into what I’m looking to accomplish), and there are other columns that I wanted to resurrect as well (Storytelling Specter, Game Specter, UFC Specter, Footie Specter, Chess Specter, Ingress Intel, Fantasy Football Specter, and Specter Who) that can be included as pieces or rotating pieces in the final column.

Everything on this site is in a constant state of change. I am adapting as I go and rather than wipe the site and reboot, I want to show a progression of where I came from to where I am at, currently. This column will reflect that.

Starting with Emerald Specter 50, the column will be rebranded slightly with a name that will encompass more about what is going on with the site as a whole (including all the sections I mentioned). I don’t have a name picked out at the moment, but it’ll be something similar (and expanded)… something like Tales from the Emerald Specter, Wrath of the Emerald Specter, Welcome to the Specterverse, Journal of Emerald Specter.com, or something along those lines… the numbering won’t be reset and we will see if that works to move into the future.

I’d love to hear feedback… @EmeraldSpecter on both Instagram and Twitter, email me at emeraldspecter.com@gmail.com, or simply submit a comment on this column.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you next week for the grand opening of the new column.

Storytelling Specter 8 – Your Universe Isn’t Marvel

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Just like the title says, you aren’t Marvel. You aren’t DC, either. Image doesn’t have a shared universe and the best analogy I have is you’re like Dark Horse… you have the basis of a shared universe, but you still don’t have a publisher. In the simplest terms, stop thinking you have something as interesting to others as interesting as you find the idea.

As with my last column, I let you know that I have been working on a comic book shared superhero universe for the better part of 20 years. I have created things that, in my head, are epic and ready to make the leap onto the big screen in some awesome movie magic. That’s all in my head, though, and I need to stop thinking that anyone is even going to be interested in what has been rolling around in my noggin for the past 20 years.

I need to make a single monthly comic that tells the story of my entire universe from start to whenever I decide to finish it… that means telling the origins of every single character, creating epic villains that are more epic than just being in my head, and making sure that I am building towards something that I find interesting. Is that something you’ll care about? I don’t know, I haven’t written it yet.

Following the Marvel Cinematic Universe model of superheroes, I wanted to have a monthly title that led into several “graphic novels” that would be like the MCU movies. Well, the reason the MCU movies are awesome is because those characters have decades of interest behind them and people know where they come from. People are interested in seeing motion pictures about those characters. People have a known commodity. They don’t know my heroes. They won’t care unless I write something interesting.

The single monthly is where I need to go.

Now, don’t let me “downing my own work” deter you from checking out my stuff. I’m trying to make myself understand that in order for anyone else to care I need to make something worth caring about. For that to happen, I need to write a compelling story. I need to create compelling characters. I need to make you look at my universe and say “yeah, that looks cool.” I need to make you care.

Right now, you don’t care.

Forget the road map that I had built up in my head as the way to go. Forget the stand alone stories that I was going to tell in graphic novel form to make my own version of “movies” that would punctuate my universe. You don’t know where these characters have come from and you don’t know where they are going. I can have a grand plan, I just need to roll that out in steps rather than hoping you know where all their history is hidden.

I am the only one who knows their history. I’d like you to know, too.

Thanks for reading.

Write on.

Storytelling Specter 7 – Creating Comics

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I have wanted to create comics since I started collecting them back in 1987. Yes, I didn’t start COLLECTING until then, I read plenty before that. When I started creating my own heroes, I was jotting down ideas on note cards and creating thinly veiled rip offs of the heroes I liked reading about. I’ve come a long way from there and I have discovered some things about myself along the way.

By no means am I a savant, but I do have some artistic talent. When I was trying to create my own heroes and comics back in the 80s and 90s, I was doing so with the idea that I would be drawing them. As I’ve grown older, I have discovered through personal experience that I will probably not being the one who draws my comics because I don’t think the art style I have is to the level I want to see in a finished product. Basically I’m saying it looks like a 12 year old drawing a story that a 40 year old should be doing. What I can do, though, is write.

I have completed exactly two comic book scripts in my lifetime, neither of them being what I consider something that deserves high praise. The latest one, though, at least comes close to being what I would consider a great comic… I just have to flesh out my descriptions more because otherwise the artist isn’t going to understand what the hell it is I am trying to get across on the page. The story itself isn’t bad at all, just the back end descriptions. This is part of my prose problem, too, is bogging down in details.

As a youth, I’d used the note cards to jot down the list of each issue and made up a cadre of “monthly titles” that would be contained neatly on an index card. So, for instance, my Captain America rip off “American Man” had the American Man title and issue number listed at the top of the index card. The description of the issue would have gone something like this: “American Man is called to investigate a nuclear reactor accident, he is attacked by Toxic (villain mutated in the incident), and discovers that the government who sent him is responsible for the accident.” If that was issue 3, then issue 4 would have the briefest of references to that issue and would contain it’s own description, depending upon what came next.

Trying to write full scripts, though, I’m discovering that I need more of a detailed roadmap to writing the script than the description above. I have considered writing an outline, with each Roman numeral being a page, but I haven’t decided on anything specifically, yet. What I have decided, though, is that I want to write a single “monthly title” fleshing out my universe that has been slowly adapted over the course of many years. My rip offs are either removed from this iteration or are so unrecognizable from before that they are hardly even the same character.

I’ll be talking a lot about this escapade as time advances because I want to write up several scripts and even try my hand at drawing one… if I can “break into the business,” then I’ve got myself decades of stories I can tell ready to go. That’s the one boon to me working on this for so long.

Stay tuned!

Storytelling Specter 6 – Writing for Production

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Welcome back to the Storytelling Specter, which I was going to cut from the rotation of columns but have decided to include into a “random thought” appearance of the column like the Life Imitates Wrestling column that keeps hanging around. Let’s get this thing rolling, shall we?

As the title indicates, I’m going to be talking about writing specifically for producing something. I don’t know if I’ve officially mentioned this on my site, but I have started writing scripts for comics. I am finding that a little easier to tell the story and I can tell the story in smaller chunks, which is something else I’m discovering I need to do (instead of trying to tackle the full on 100,000 word novel that I’ve been trying to hammer out). That is one thing that I’m working on writing to produce, but that is only the first thing I’ve started in what I want to be working on for the near future.

Let’s start with the comic scripts, though.

For the better part of two decades, I’ve been slowly working on my own shared comic book universe (similar to the Marvel/DC shared universes). I like super heroes and they are included as part of my shared universe. While I’ve gotten a nibble here and there on the offer to allow others to play in my new universe, I haven’t gotten anyone interested enough to actually dive in and start helping out… that’s fine, because what I’m doing with the project now is going to change how others interact with the universe.

What I have decided to do is what I’m calling a “single line of storytelling.” I am going to write the script for a single monthly comic book, 22 pages per book, that will tell the story of a team of individuals uncovering the hidden super heroes and their backgrounds that are going on all around them. This monthly will be my “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” to my “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Yes, that means the monthly will periodically be interrupted by a larger feature (i.e. graphic novel), concentrating on a piece of my shared universe. I’m working on “issue 0” right now, which will be an eight page primer, then I’m going to bust into doing the first issue. I’ve toyed with the idea of completely producing the first issue myself, too, as hiring artists is an expensive endeavor… we’ll see about that as time goes on, though.

I also want to produce something to be narrated in an audio format.

I’ve toyed with the idea of writing small chunks of a story and releasing them in a serialized audio format. Since I’m a one man show, that would be narration with some possible sound effects and music, but basically I’d be telling a story in 15 to 30 minutes chunks on a weekly basis for a stretch of about 10 to 13 weeks at a time. I like the HBO episode format, so I’d also like to try to take “seasons” into account rather than do 52 episodes per year. I have a life, y’know.

All in all, I’d like to write for production… which means I need to write for a deadline. That may be the next specific subject on this column, and that is something I haven’t been able to do yet… here’s to trying to get better!

Write on.

Storytelling Specter 5 – Plotters and Pantsers

There are two types of people, I’m told, that typically do “big” writing (i.e. novels, series of novels, etc).  I’ve decided to do a little personal analysis as I talk about plotters and pantsers.

StorytellingSpecter300First and foremost, let me tell you what the hell a pantser is: that is the type of person who doesn’t plan out anything before hand and just writes by the seat of their pants.  Yes, that is directly opposite of the plotter… so, column over, right?

Wrong!

When I started writing many moons ago (I say that because of a funny thing I like to say: when someone says “back in the day” I say they’re talking about a Wednesday) I was a pantser and I knew it.  There was very little that I knew before hand (other than a general direction) and in the case of the mysteries I wanted to write, I wanted to be as surprised as the reader.

Wait… what?

Yes, I wanted to write a mystery without knowing who did it and how they did it.  How in the hell am I supposed to write something like that without knowing where I’m going?  Well, that’s when I started writing a whole lot better.

I wrote by the seat of my pants, letting every action scene just sort of happen and having several of my really good ideas be completely controlled by where my characters wanted to go rather than where I wanted them to go.  Have you ever had your characters run your story?  It happens and I understand when people complain about things like that.

Since I’ve grown in my writing endeavors, I’ve turned (with some excitement I might add) to plotting.  Rather than writing on the edge of my seat, not entirely certain where I was going with my stories, I now plot out things a lot more so I have not only a general direction but key points to get to at each stage.  How detailed to I get?  Well, that varies on the story.

I have gotten as deep as detailing the contents of entire scenes, making sure certain beats were hit in order to set things up for the next scene or series of scenes.  I’ve also been dialed back enough to work with just scene titles, that way I can write the scene, then start writing up to the next scene and still give my characters some free reign.

Sometimes the characters are that interesting.

In the end, the method you use really depends on how you work best.  If you work well with pantsing your way through your stories, keep doing it!  Why would you stop doing something that works for you?  If you are getting the results you want, don’t change.

Do you like the idea of plotting things out?  Try it.  Maybe you’ll discover that you write BETTER doing things those of us on that side of the fence already do.  Maybe you’ll even get a lot better and sell that first novel in the process.

Who knows?

Write it.

Storytelling Specter 4 – “Pilot Season” Update

For anyone who isn’t up to speed, what I’m calling a “pilot season” is actually my short story writing all of a list of ideas into thirteen 3,000 word stories.  Now that you’re up to speed, let’s get an update out of the way with an idea about what I plan on doing from here.

StorytellingSpecter300The original idea of the pilot season was to write all my ideas, or at least a list of them, into shorter versions of what I envisioned them to be in the first place.  Well, I made a list of thirteen ideas that I really wanted to write and as I write this I have gotten about a third into the fifth story.  Being a third into the fifth story I am very excited to actually start expanding on the ones that I’ve already written.  Yeah, I’m ready to start outlining and plotting a “season” of one big story!

The idea behind jumping on the plotting of one of the bigger story expansions is that the story should then be ready to start distributing in chunks at the beginning of the year, unless I can get that done in a shorter order… but that isn’t a likely scenario.

I want to write.  I want to be a writer.  I actually want to be an AUTHOR, not just a writer.  If I can produce some novels, that would be great.  The whole point of this series is actually to make a novel, which will be distributed in smaller chunks, for a free preview style release.  Some of my ideas will even be produced into audiobooks, podiobooks, or whatever you’d like to call them.  Dramatized a bit, for sure.

There is so much of me that wants to tell you all about the wonderfulness that is what I’ve written so far… hell, the last 3,000 word story was flowing so well that I almost kept writing through the hard end.  The whole point is to tell the story from start to finish and I wanted to write more!  Yes, that means I’ve got myself going in the right direction.  Or is that the WRITE direction?

Sorry for the pun.  I like them.

My genre of choice is science fiction.  That’s the first genre I go to when I start thinking about what I’d like to write.  There are other attached genres that I delve into from time to time but science fiction is really where I concentrate most of my efforts because I like the genre.

What kind of science fiction?  Well, I like the space opera, some hard science fiction, some modern day “science fiction twist” type stuff, and more.  While I like my science fiction in a variety of ways, I am very particular with the science fiction that I read.  I do try to give a wide variety of stuff a shot but there is also my picky nature preventing me from just opening up.

Enough of that for now, it’s time to write more columns and fill out my content.

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Every story can be boiled down to a simplistic means.  Some claim that this is a really small amount of words.  Let’s discuss what I think in the Storytelling Specter.

StorytellingSpecter300I’ve been told that a story is essentially “someone does a thing.”  I can agree with that.  The source of that information also says that the story, any story, can be boiled down to about 500 words.  If you’re wondering, that’s about the length of each of my columns here on the Emerald Specter website.  I hold a different view, because I’d like my story to have a little more nuance.

About two months ago, I started thinking about all the “novels I’d like to write,” because I’ve actually got a list of them.  These are normally listed as first books of a series, with a couple being one offs, but overall, they are a list of stories that I’ve been wanting to tell.  Well, rather than wait to make these into novels or whatever, I’m going to start writing them.  There’s a little problem with that, though.

I’ve got a personal problem.  I like to start things but I have a really hard time finishing them.  I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo (coming up this November, I’ll try to jump in again) and only once have I completed the event AND been satisfied with what I wrote… for the most part.  The goal of NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words, though, far shy of the 100,000 words that most people say a novel needs to be in length.  Well, here’s where my “let’s just write this stuff” comes out, combined with boiling down the story into a “someone does a thing.”

Instead of trying to boil my stories down into a 500 word synopsis, which is what I think they’d boil down to, I have created a personal “pilot” program.  I’m writing every novel idea that I have in a 3,000 word story.  The WHOLE story, and if that story is intended as a jumping off point for a series, then the solid foundation of what the first story would end up looking like.  I’ve outlined a list of about 13 starting ideas that I’ve placed into this pilot program and if the story turns out in a satisfactory manner, then that story will be expanded upon into more something resembling a 100,000 word story.

Interested in knowing how satisfactory or how far I’ve gotten?  As I write this, I have three 3,000 word “pilots” completed and I like them all.  I will have written at least two more by the time this article drops, meaning that I’m almost halfway through my initial 13 ideas.  I think that even if one or two of those don’t turn out, or hell, if six of them don’t turn out, I think that I have a nice foundation to build on.  Now I get to be a little cryptic.

One story is solidly a series, with the 3,000 just being the “jump off point.”  One story is the entire “first season” of a story.  The third one is the gist of the story I’ve been working on as a series and I realize that I’ve been telling the wrong story with that… until I wrote the 3,000 words.  Now I know what I need to write.  Success!

I suggest you do the same thing with your ideas.  If 3,000 isn’t enough, maybe your story isn’t what you thought it was and you need to revise the whole thing.  Look at me, I discovered that with one of my ideas and I’m guessing the idea I write in two hours from now will end up that way, too.

Write.

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It was a dark and stormy night.

Wow, that was not really exciting at all… and I used “it” when I could have used something else.  It’s the war against “it” in today’s Storytelling Specter!

StorytellingSpecter300Write a paragraph without really thinking about what you’re writing and you’ll more than likely use the word “it” more than once.  It was this.  I think this is great but he didn’t think it was.  It.  It.  It.

Stop using the word.  “It” should be used in dialog because that is how people speak but you shouldn’t use the word in your fiction.

Hey, you used “it” several times in several columns, INCLUDING THIS ONE.

Well, I’m not perfect and a column isn’t fiction.  It just isn’t.

When you use the word it, you’re shortening your word count.  Think about that for a moment.  You could easily get at least two more words out of what you’re writing if you used something other than the word it.  Let me use an example.

He looked at it and shook his head.

Out of context, you have no idea what “it” is.  This is a complete story, too, and if I want to really get the most out of this sentence, I need to elaborate.  I need to replace “it” with whatever “it” is.  So, let me alter the sentence to be a little better.

He looked at the smashed window and shook his head.

There.  See?  I got at least one more word out of that… technically two because I removed “it” with two words.  Sure, that’s semantics, but hey, I’m semantically inclined?

When you sit down to tell a story, the word “it” is something that just shouldn’t be used.  The word doesn’t tell us anything and really doesn’t move the story along.  Some people claim that it creates a sense of mystery in mysteries and sometimes isn’t avoidable.  You can ALWAYS avoid it.  Explanation and detailed elaboration help tell the story to the reader and if you have to use the word it, you should use that word only as a last resort.

Look back at your unthought out paragraph.  You probably used it several times.  That should make you cringe like fingernails on a chalkboard while watching bare teeth bite into an ice cube.  If none of that makes you cringe, what are you, a robot?  Look at all the stuff I’ve made you think about without using that awful word!  Hey, I’m even avoiding using the word to talk ABOUT THE WORD!

There are lots of rules to grammar and writing.  You have to use this type of word here, you should show and not tell, you should do this, and you should do that.  What you really should concentrate on, especially early on, is not using the word it.  Why would you use a two letter word that has to be guessed what the word represents when you can use a much better sounding word to tell a story to the reader.  Why be boring?

Stop using it.  You’ll be much better for it.

I crack me up.

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I’m getting more and more out of my time, now… and since I always meet with my writing club on Mondays (at least where I currently live), I’ve decided to write myself a new little column that I’ll put out on Mondays.  Welcome to Storytelling Specter.

StorytellingSpecter300The first and most important thing for anyone who wants to write anything to do is the most simple thing you can do: actually write.  Don’t talk about writing, write.  Don’t just think about writing, write.  Don’t wonder what to write about, just write something.  Write.  Write.  Writed.

If you aren’t putting your fingers on your keyboard… if you aren’t putting a pencil to paper… if you aren’t thinking about what to write, then you aren’t actually doing anything.  Sure, you need to have a plan but it’s better to write something, anything, than to write absolutely nothing.

A piece of advice a new writer often hears is “write what you know.”  If you don’t know what else to write, sure, write what you know.  If you’re stumped or are having a bad day and you just can’t think of something to write about, look up and write what you see.  No, really, just write about the people in the room.  Write about what they are doing, write about what you think they might be thinking.  Invent a reason for them to be there and you have something to write about.  At least you’ll be writing.

Part of what I want to do on my website is write fiction.  Science fiction, literary fiction, serial fiction… all kinds of stuff.  I want to write and I want to put it out, I want to produce it, and I want to make my vision for entertainment something others can experience.  I’ll eventually want to sell my work, that will be an eventual future goal, but I will be honing my craft putting stuff out there for everyone to read.

I don’t just want you to read it, either… I want critiques.  Constructive criticism, praise, concerns, and whatever you want to give me but it has to help me improve.  “You suck” isn’t a critique, so keep the ideas moving forward.  I won’t engage anyone without having something interesting to say.

I’ll be including tips, prompts, and ideas for you to use that I know I never will… because I’d rather that someone else use an idea that I have to create something great than for me to be sitting on the idea and never see it bloom into anything worth anyone’s time.  I’ve always said that if I wanted something done the way I want it I need to do it myself.  Sometimes, I take prompts from other places.  That means that I’ll be helping others do what they want by providing a little nudge in the write direction.

Yes, pun, I know.

Sit down.  Write something.  You want to create a world.  What about that character dying to breathe?  Where do you want to go?

Write it.