Mainlining the Side Paths Despite how much I hold up the theoretical streamlined story with no filler as an ideal to be strived for at every creative attempt, I’m not adverse to sidequests in principle. Like breaking from a busy day at a pondside bench, sidequests can be a pleasant distraction or moment for rumination. … Continue reading Sidequests in Fiction
What to Cut When Editing Your Story
“Everything that doesn’t advance the plot or reveal characterization.” Now to pat myself on the back and throw my laptop in front of a train. I never liked this shallow advice — as factual and aggravating as it is. Its distillation leaves out nuances in the determination. What’s the proportional focus of your story’s plot … Continue reading What to Cut When Editing Your Story
Where’re We Going? Eh, Who Cares. (Writing a Story Without Plot)
There’s madness in every direction. No escape. No savior’s light at the end of the tunnel. Well, why go in search for one when you can just live the ride for its wildness?