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The thing is I'm perfectly capable of writing. I was taking a part Unspeakable Plot for the triad option (that failed miserably around 100k mark by the way. My plot just can't handle that kind of relationship build, but I digress) and I wrote about 20k of extra material in about four days. So it's not the act of writing that is the problem for me.

I have plenty of ideas so it's not that I don't have any ideas to work on and to be honest I probably have about 50 works in progress that I could spend time on.

I just...don't want to.

I've been writing for three decades so, of course, there have been times when I simply have no desire to do it but I always hate these points in my life as I feel stifled and weird.

There's this moat of dismal around my creative mind and I don't even want to get in the boat and try to cross it.

It's such a weird place to be.

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How and why plot works in the construction of your story. The difference between plot driven and character driven narrative.

How world building contributes to your story and how poor world building can ruin it.


On Plot

Novel Plotting Worksheets

Outlining Your Plot (PDF link)

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell (book on Amazon)

On World Building

Seven Deadly Sins of World Building

Five Foundations of World Building

Thirteen World Building Questions

9pm Pacific, 10pm Mountain, 11pm Central, 12pm Eastern

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Link: Keira on BlogTalk Radio

Time: 8pm Pacific, 9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern

Character profiles, personal history, dialogue, and speech patterns. How to make fake people more real to yourself and to your reader. Building a three dimensional person on a page is one of the fundamental skills of a fiction writer. Ignoring the character process does the story and your craft a huge disservice.

I'll take writing related questions the second hour. You can call in OR leave feedback on this post with your questions.

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I'm hosting my first radio show tonight on Blog Talk Radio. We'll see how this shit goes! Those of you who can't listen live should be able to listen to the archived podcast later unless I delete it out of shame.


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I wrote the Soulmate bond quite a long time ago and it was complete when I rediscovered it from old disks that I had in college. I rewrote it (for the better trust me) and once it started coming out of BETA I started posting it on my site. Unfortunately, in later chapters I made changes during the beta process that required I rework last few parts. The fic is basically complete barring the changes I want to make to it before posting and I hope to finish posting it before the first of April.

However, I'm human. And things happen, right? I have two betas who work on this story with me so if they aren't available to beta then I have to wait (patiently) until they are. Please don't volunteer to beta for me. Seriously. I'm very happy with my current beta relationships. Thank you.

Originally, this series was around 200k and just 20 parts. During the beta process, it swelled to roughly 300k in 25 parts. That means that during beta (and after my own major rewrite before it ever went into beta) that I wrote an additional 100k on this story since July of last year.

Of course, since I added so much to the story and changed things here and there by the time I got to part 22, I realized I needed to change a few things here and there for consistency, timeline, character development, and the plot lines. In the original version of this story -- Hermione had a different animagus form, Narcissa was killed, and Lucius Malfoy didn't get killed at Gryffindor Circle -- in the end the biggest problem turned out to be Hermione's animagus form which I changed so she could understand parseltongue BUT it crossed my mind a week after posting that it totally FUCKED part 25.

THIS IS WHY I CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS. Also, this is why I normally don't post something until I'm completely fucking done with it. *pouts*

So, it's coming. Chill out.

And in other news -- I'm going to write part 2 of the War Mages trilogy for my April Rough Trade project.

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I asked the Minions on my website to ask me questions. I expected ten or so. I got... quite a bit more than that:

Read more... )
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I've created a new site for our writing challenges and it is located here:

You can not use the log in for MY site on the new one. They are run by the same software and have similar layouts (but different art) but they are ENTIRELY SEPARATE in function.

This means -- if you want updates, you'll have to subscribe. If you want to read/comment on Rough Trade, you'll have to register. Period.

Due to the nature of the site, I've decided to make it members only. It's free to join and I found a new painless registration form that doesn't require you wait for an email. Don't bitch about this. It's the way it is and I'm not going to change my mind no matter how much you bitch about it.



Jan. 21st, 2013 10:04 am
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There is a relationship between a writer and a reader. It is often a one-sided relationship because that is the nature of publication. I don't see, know, or interact with everyone who reads my work. As a reader, you are invited into my space and through the body of my work you learn things about me you probably don't even realize you know. No writer is capable of telling a story without personal bias entering into it.

Personal beliefs, politics, religion, sexual preferences & kinks, romantic ideals, and opinions on social issues are going to crop up in fictional works. It just happens. Here's what else happens when you read:
  1. You're going to be offended.
  2. You're going to get turned on.
  3. You're going to get turned off.
  4. You're going to be amused.
  5. You're going to have very real feelings about fictional people that may result in tears.
  6. You're going to wish it was different, longer, and better.
  7. You're going to be inspired.
  8. You're going to always want more.
  9. You'll get mad.
  10. You'll stay up too late.
  11. You'll be devastated.
  12. You'll grow to hate the words "the end".
You're going to fall in love but that love will be a gentle unrequited little thing that is nourished by more words and starved by the wait for more. That's a readers lot in life.

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I'm pretty flexible otherwise. So, I've been working on the outline for the Criminal Minds AU for the TTB series. I've watched the first five seasons already to prep for it (you might have noticed my complaining on Twitter).  I've made a few ship choices and they are, obviously, very final and not subject to debate as I've almost finished plotting the first novella/novel.

Hotchner/Reid (both trained at de Sade)
Morgan/Garcia (Morgan will come out of La Petite Mort but Garcia will have no formal training)

As these are my two main pairings this series will have slash and het in it. Bitching about it will .... well, it would be kind to unfriend you but I won't. Instead I'll just make "friends only" posts about you and not allow you to comment on them. Forewarned is forearmed. 

Thank You

Dec. 9th, 2012 04:26 am
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I'm starting a new project -- something different and sort of scary. I don't know what it will be, yet. It's original fiction. But I'm plotting and world building tonight and I realized that just like all writer's my process has evolved. I don't always know how or who or even when my process will advance to the next level. This time, I totally do because I found myself asking YOUR questions.

My readers are awesome. Your curiousity and your questions have shaped me in the most interesting ways as an author. I was looking at the Q & As for my series work and the desire to know more, more, more when it comes to the history of what is essentially an original world. 

The thing is that my only real foray into science fiction writing is in fandom. My professional work is contemporary and historical mostly -- with a smidgen of fantasy here and there. So I'm building my own sci-fi world full of war and hot guys and evil people and sex and gadgets and hope. It's kind of fascinating BUT more so it's just really awesome that thanks to you all I'm thinking about the history of my world in a way I never would've in the past.

That's awesome. 

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So, I finished up the second round of beta for "That Old Black Magic" (123,000 words) and it's going to get a final review from both Ladyholder and Chris King to make sure I got everything situated the way it should be. Well, I have a few things left to do on it actually but it'll be done in time to post the last week of October.[Poll #1872675]

The Moment

Sep. 17th, 2012 04:43 pm
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There's this moment when you're writing that what you're doing comes together in such an organic and easy way that you get used to it. I've been writing for over twenty years and I've had a lot of these moments. In 99% of my projects this moment can be narrowed down to a single sentence. I normally find it when I'm editing -- this defining sentence that tells me that the project is exactly what I wanted it to be from the very start. What's interesting is that it is rarely the first or the last line of a project for me.

I was reading The Air That Angels Breathe yesterday and I stumbled upon one those sentences. It was this: 

“No one deserves you as much as I do anyway.”

That is a wow sentence for me because it says so much about John's character in the story. Both as a writer and as a reader, it was during this final scene when John said that that the whole story came together for me. This is a John Sheppard who grew up loved and protected by the man who fathered him. He is strong both in mind and heart and he knows that he wants and most certainly deserves the love of the smartest man in the galaxy. I really like that about John in this story. In canon, he's so emotionally retarded that it becomes almost a parody.

Maybe that's why in my work I often spend more time pushing and pulling and eventually forcing John Sheppard to grow as a person because I never saw that growth in the series.

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Read all of my episodes for Sentinels of Atlantis today. I'm really proud of the depth of the series. I figure my favorite episode is without a doubt The Queen.

I'm gearing up to write The Search. Here is the blurb for it:

The Search

John is drawn to explore an off-world facilty but Rodney is concerned by the impact the facility has on his Sentinel. Blair Sandburg and James Ellison take David Sheppard into the jungles of South America in search of the Temple of the Sentinels. Matt Sheppard and Chase Harris hitch a ride on a submarine to the Ross Sea in search of what appears to be another Ancient outpost. Sam and Daniel sneak into Egypt to search for a hidden tomb. Jack and Patrick take a trip to Great Britian. Anne and Allison step through the gate to a planet on the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy and finds something rather unexpected.

[Poll #1865888]

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Well my word count is over 6k and will be at least 10 by Saturday. I'm working on a bigger section so I took a break from posting today since I trying to post full scenes or sections as it were. (I have 3 parts posted so far).

I'm by nature a plotter - I like things to be neat and organized because if I don't organize myself down to how many scenes I want in each chapter (when it comes to a book) I will meander along a ridiculous and fairly self indulgent path.

Read more... )

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I'm working on the some plot stuff for Lantean Legacy today so I was playing the soundtrack that I built on

The second novel is called "Beckon the Dark" and it has a lot going on in it:

1. The expedition has to connect with Ronon and Tyre
2. Miko is having her baby
3. Allie and Theseus will make contact with one of their children in their "home" solar system that will make members of the expedition face some pretty hard facts about their past actions.
4. We'll meet the "child" that has been hibernating in a volcano and we'll see the Lantean people almost go to war to rescue him.
5. John and Rodney will get married (because I can't be bothered to help myself on that front)
6. On Earth, the Ori plague will be unleashed and those in power will do their damnedest to hide the fact that they've "lost" the Atlantis expedition.
7. In order to keep her safe, Jack O'Neill will call on the Asgard to kidnap and keep Sam Carter (she'll have quite a bit to say about that at a later date)

There are some other stuff but that's the stuff that's going to end up in the "summary" of the novel anyways so I don't consider it much of a spoiler.


May. 27th, 2011 05:29 pm
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I write in a variety of different series, situations, circumstances, and even genres both as a fan fiction writer and as a professional. Sometimes, it's a little difficult to put my head in the right place to write in a certain series which is why there are times when one series or another will get more of my time than the others.

A writer's mindset isn't something that can be altered with a flip of a switch. Often, I use research to change gears and prepare myself to go in a different direction. I know some writers who read heavily in the genre they want to pursue next but I avoid that because it doesn't always work for me. That's not to say that I don't find other writer's inspiring. In fact, I would go so far as to say that nothing is more inspiring or interesting to me like another writer. Music and art can be inspiring but there is something different about another writer. It is one reason I've always gone out of my way to connect with other writers.

With my fan fiction series, I often have to read through my own work to get my groove back. The last two days I've been reading through Ties That Bind and I've titled the next part "Fever Pitch" at least for the time being. It'll be a transitional piece as move into the final part of the series which I think will probably end up being 15 novellas in total.

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I'm going to have need of a Brit Picker sometime this summer. I think. A volunteer would be nice but I'm not above head-hunting.

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I've been working on songs that make me think of Lantean Legacy when I hear them. I'm interested in music you think might fit with the series. I really didn't have a play list for when I was writing the first book and I'm hoping a play list will help with the plot work and writing on the new book 2.

I'd like about 20 songs for the play list. This is what I have so far:

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