Writing


Here’s Your Stinking November Fiction!

When I looked up on Friday, I realized that November was nearly over, and I had no fiction to show for it. I was failing National Just Write Some Fiction Already Month — but I wasn’t about to go down without a fight. So I picked a fight in the form of 500 words (or…


Wecome to NaJuWriSoFiAlMo!

As long-time readers are probably aware, I tilt at the windmill of National Novel Writing Month every other year or so. Sometimes I successfully dump 50 thousand words of questionable quality onto the digital page. Most of the time I don’t. And I’ve never been fully pleased with the result. This will not a be…


Are You Not Immersed?

I’ve been thinking about immersion the past few days. Not just in games (which I’ve written about before) but in storyworlds in general. Specifically, I’ve been kicking around some ideas about how to keep the audience immersed even after they’re done reading the book / playing the game / watching the movie / eating the…


Touring the Empire – Part 1

Welcome to the first part of a brief gazetteer of the Empire of Venom and Silk. Before we get too deep into our tour, I wanted to take a moment to discuss naming conventions. The word “shun” in the native language basically means “land.” When it’s used as a suffix, (such as in “Zira-Shun”) it…


NaNoFailure

National Novel Writing Month is over, and I have nothing to show for it. Okay, that’s not true. I have over 30 thousand words to show for it, as well as a killer outline I feel really good about, but it’s it’s not National Outline Writing Month is it? I didn’t finish the book. I…


Words Words Words

Since I committed to doing NaNoWriMo this month, I’ve been obsessed with words. How many words have I written today? How many are in this scene? How many have I spent on blog posts and emails and grocery lists that could have been going towards the 50 thousand I need to complete this novel? I’ve…


Punching November Right in the Ghost

Fine. At first I was all, “Oh, I forgot how much I love writing fiction,” and November was like, “Hey, it’s National Novel Writing Month, you want to whip out a short, bad novel?” and then my ever-sagacious wife said, “You should write something about Ghost Punchers,” and so fine — fine — I’ll write…


A Drabble of Fiction for your Kindle

As I mentioned earlier this month, one of my ridiculously short stories was accepted for publication in an upcoming anthology from Indie Authors Press. And now, as I promised then, I’m posting a link to where you can buy your own copy of  Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015 on Amazon. One item I neglected to mention…


Back in the Saddle

I’m a writer. It says so on my business card, so you know it’s official. But while I’ve been filling my clients’ inboxes with world-building guides, game design documents, and RPG sourcebooks, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written any actual fiction–you know, the stuff folks assume you produce when you claim the title…


The Creator’s Dilemma

Yesterday I tweeted about what I termed “the creator’s dilemma,” which is this: We need to consume in order to create, but consuming doesn’t pay the bills. To put a finer, more personal point on it: If I don’t take the time to play new games, read new books, and watch new (quality) movies and…