Friday, December 21, 2018

Writing: Unpopular Opinion - Said-Bookisms Are, Occasionally, Okay.

So there's this massive stigma against said-bookisms in the literary community right now. By that I mean, anything that isn't 'said' and 'asked'.

"What are you talking about?" he screamed.

"I want to see you die," she laughed.

"Here's something you might not have considered," he pointed out.

Yeah, sometimes it's a big problem. But honestly? I think they're like any other tool. To be used sparingly and at the right times.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Writing and Roleplay: Character Accents

We need to talk about accents. Like, desperately need to talk about accents. RP community, I am looking at you first and foremost. Authors...yeah, some of you should probably also pay attention, but know that you aren't as egregious on this one in particular.

Bear with me, now.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Laptop Drama

>Laptop keyboard stopped working.
>Buckled down and got a usb keyboard because I figured I could just make it a dvorak keyboard later if I figured out how to fix my on board one.
>On board keyboard totally screwed.
>It kept convincing the rest of my computer that the esc key was being held.
>I realize that doesn't sound like that big a deal but when you are  holding the escape key you can't open new tabs, google search, save photoshop documents, open the start menu, know, anything. At all.
>Including fixing the fact that the computer thinks the esc key is stuck.
>Anyway I tried to turn the keyboard off and the only option was to uninstall the driver.
>I'm like 'fine whatever' and do that.
>It prompts me to restart.
>So I do.
>And when it comes back on the driver is back.
>At this point I'm like...

>Computer does about as well at following instructions as Arthax.
>Finally decide that if this doesn't get fixed I'm going to have to replace her.
>Decide to try one last Hail Mary and perform surgery to unhook the keyboard.

>Anyway my laptop works again. Not today, Cyber Satan.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Characterization: First Contact With the Audience

Salutations, nerds, today we're going to talk a little bit about introducing new characters and how a character's first contact with your audience sets them up. Mind you we are not talking do's and don't's. There are some things you can do that will make an audience instantly dislike a character (and you don't even have to resort to kicking a puppy!) but that are still useful as long as you are aware of what you are evoking in the people reading your words.

Now, obviously yes I am talking to you writers out there in the audience. I'm also talking to the RPers. Oh my yes, the RPers. It doesn't matter if you're para, chat stream, RPing on World of Warcraft...well, it kind of matters at the D&D table but not as much as the rest of these things.

So. Characters!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Writing: 3 Ways to Make Your Word Count Your Bitch

Hey, nerds! The last time I posted an article four of you saw it immediately before even I had looked at the finished product. After a month off, I think that's incredible. The four of you that clicked're amazing. You're the reason this blog is going up on time.

I just wanted to talk about word count and how to make it less of a crazy experience.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Writing: 10 Ways to Unstick Your Stuck Plot

Salutations, nerds, I'm coming back at you and continuing to knock off the rust with another blog entry. This time I want to tackle something I hear people complaining about a lot and that is plot tangles. You know, writer's block. When you hit a point where you just don't know what you need to do.

Yes, my outlining friends, it happens to you too.

So without further ado, 10 ways to unstick your stuck plot.