Tuesday, July 19, 2016

mix and mingle

There’s lots of discussion about what Disney princess movies teach little girls, but has anyone thought about what they teach little boys?

Yes, yes they have.

This article talks about a study done on how Disney Princess movies affect young children, specifically, young boys.  I don’t want to give spoilers but the affect these movies had on boys was exactly opposite of what I thought it would be.

Writers are told to read, read, read. But does what we read matter? According to this article it does. I’m not 100% sold on its conclusions but I will agree that reading ‘good’ writing is better than reading ‘bad’ writing, no matter the genre.  Though why someone would purposefully read something they think is ‘bad’ is beyond me.

On a happy note. We’ve finally broke ground!  In six or so months we’ll have a house again. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finding the end

I'm 20K words into a new book and I'm having some problems.  I like the idea, I like the characters and the world I'm building, but I don’t know where I’m going with this book.

I have lots of ideas for the end, but nothing feels right, I don’t yet know what the end should be. I’m not a plotter. I don’t like to know everything before starting a book, but usually about 10k words in I have a pretty good idea where the story is going. I stop and write the end, then I know what I’m shooting for. All I have to do is figure out how they get there. 

This book isn’t working like that. 

I feel aimless. Part of that is maybe that my character right now is aimless and doesn’t know what she wants. Part of it may be the difficulty I've been having writing due to stress the past year or so. Either way, I need a goal. I need something to shoot for, so I know how to write this thing. 

What do you do with an aimless book? How do you find your goal?

Monday, July 4, 2016


Happy fourth of July to those celebrating. Happy Monday to those not. Hope you all have a great day and I'll see you next week!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Trust issues

I’ve become increasingly disinclined to read or finish books that treat me like an imbecile. There are a lot of books where the author and or characters are hiding things from the reader. The characters continually hint at big things while ‘shaking their heads’ and saying ‘but I couldn’t think of that now.”

I’m not saying that a book has to lay all their cards on the table at once. And revealing things at the right pacing is a must, but I don’t want to be spoon fed fluff while having the author dribble hints that something is very wrong. Especially if this happens over several hundred pages. First, whatever they’re ‘hiding’ is usually pretty easy to figure out so finally revealing it isn’t as big a deal as the author wants. Also, I want the whole book to feel like I’m exploring and learning about the characters and setting. I don’t want to be told, not yet, I can’t tell you yet, You’re not ready, while I read. It makes me feel like a five year old whose mother won’t let them do anything.

Reveal things as they are needed for the story. Don't have your characters keep things from the reader. Then, come up with alternate ways to increase tension. Because using the same tired piece of information to try and draw out the excitement through the whole book doesn’t work. All it does is makes the reader annoyed and causes them to look somewhere else for satisfaction.

Have you read books that treat you like an idiot? What did they do that made you feel that way?