Long-ish answer, here. As a beginner my conception of creative writing was that it involved complete freedom and experimenting with wild forms of expression. Facing that, I was swamped. Too much freedom dissipated any energy from my work. What I needed were some hard-and-fast rules to hold me in check. I could still depict wild things so long as I stayed within the distinctions of Minimalism. The multitude of rules made me hyperaware of every choice I made in a story. They kept me focused, and In workshop our teacher, Tom Spanbauer, would stop students mid-story to make them defend their use of a single word. So you always had to have a sound logical reason for every aspect of your work.
Since writing ‘Pygmy’ I’ve been experimenting with fancier language, but I still stay within the basic, rigid framework of Minimalism.
Having your story planned out
…but not being sure if you’re ready to start:
Aw, don’t be sad, friend! There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy smirk. It’s just that the word is used so often in fiction lately. I thought Anon was funny, so I went ahead and posted it.
Work it like Lisa.
Not directly related to writing, but it dispels a lot of science myths that writers love to use.
Let me tell you what the most annoying thing in Urban Fantasy is.
It’s patented Strong Female Characters double-subverting their emancipation. They spend all their time kicking ass and taking names, and then along comes a Hunk, or a Dark Broody Type, and suddenly they rediscover their femininity, which inexplicably means going doe-eyed and knock-kneed in the presence of the Guy. It also makes them weaker. The narration has this smug-ass tone that after all this time of fending for themselves they are oh so lucky to now have a Guy do it for them.
But the absolutely worst part? When they fucking LAMPSHADE it, in this tee-hee-hee tone that suggests that ‘feminism is great and all but do we have to do it all the time?’
“I know this is probably a blow to feminism, but I enjoy using my womanly wiles to get men to do what I want”
“Of course it’s not politically correct, but I want to feel protected by his strong shoulders”
GAH. Someone find me some urban fantasy that doesn’t do this, please.
AUGH THIS BULLSHIT REALLY BAKES MY MOTHERFUCKING BISCUITS.
BEING EXPECTED TO SWAP YOUR POWER FOR A RELATIONSHIP IS NOT A FANTASY IT IS A REALITY THAT IS WHY WE HAVE FANTASY GET YOUR POOP OUT OF MY ICE CREAM ASSHOLES AUGH AUGH AUGH
I see I’ve got to get on writing faster, ‘cause the current crop sure ain’t cutting it. >:[
Yes, it’s annoying.
Late Night Challenge!
There are any number of ways summer vacation can go wrong. Choose a scenario below, and in 500 words or less, make it happen to your character.
- The worst sunburn of their life.
- A/C breaks on the hottest night of the year.
- Camping - in the middle of a torrential storm.
- Mosquitoes. EVERYWHERE.
- Ticks. EVERYWHERE.
- Setting off fireworks and somebody drops one with a lit fuse.
- Trapped in summer school.
- Buried in summer homework.
- Sharks in the water at the beach.
- The barbeque catches fire.
- They closed the only pool in town.
- Extended, forced family roadtrip - through the desert.
- The summer job from hell.
- Significant other dumps them for a summer fling.
- All of their friends go on vacation at once and leave them alone.
Make sure to tag any responses with #FYCD!