Monthly Archives: June 2013

Even More Good Stuff at Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire

Have you been to the faire yet? No? Well what are you waiting for? There’s enchantment in them there hills! It’s weekend two of three at the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire and the grounds are jumping with sirens, barbarians, elves, … Continue reading

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Too Much Good Stuff at Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire

Well, it’s been a crazy week and I’m behind on my posting, and the weekend promises to continue to be made of slatherings of awesome. It’s the second weekend of the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire, and there’s a whole bunch … Continue reading

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Novels and Short Stories, per Bradbury (Inspiration)

“Don’t start off trying to write novels. The short story is your friend.”

Ray Bradbury
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Hit the Road (Writing Quick Tip)

Now that the weather’s getting better (knock wood) and it’s more comfortable out of our comfort zones, it’s a great time to take your writing gig on the road.

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Distractions – Time Out

We’ve talked about how distractions can keep you from writing. (“Distractions…”) We’ve talked about how knowing what distracts you can help you keep from being distracted (“Distractions- Know Your Distractions”) We’ve talked about how comitting to write before doing the things that distract you can increase how much writing you do. (“Distractions- First Things First”) We’ve talked about how you can use your distractions as motivation to write.(“Distractions- Work Your Distractions”) We’ve talked about how a change of scene can cut down on distractions (“Distractions- The Great Get Away”)

Whew! That’s a lot of ways to deal with distractions…

And here’s one more.

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The Fire is Back! Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire Starts This Weekend!

Is your life a little bland or boring? Is there no mystery or fantasy or romance in your life?

Well, brace yourself, my friend. This weekend is the start of the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire in Ansonia, Ct.

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What’s Your Motivation To Write?

“How do you keep at it- keep writing?”
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Characters, per Vonnegut (Inspiration)

“Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.”

Kurt Vonnegut
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Woops!….Ahead of My Time…

In yesterday’s post “Immersive Research”, I said that I would be working at a renaissance faire this weekend.

Woops! I’m ahead of my time. This weekend, I’ll be getting ready for the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire

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Immersive Research

So you want to tell a story and you want to base it in a world or culture that’s very different from the one you and your readers live in.

How do you keep it from seeming contrived or flat? How do you build such a world in a way that makes it believable to a reader who’s never been there?

Well, you can spend months or even years building up a world structure down to the barest molecule and cultural norm – and it can still fall flat.

Or….
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