So in fact I was just about ready to write an apologetic post about how I couldn’t fulfill my promise for a TCWT July blog chain post, when suddenly I realized that the time I spent writing that post could actually be used to write the promised post and none would be the wiser (except that I’m writing this introduction). Truth be told, I hadn’t given this post a thought since I signed up, except for a few moments of heart-stopping panic when I thought I had already missed the date. I thought I had no characters to use; I thought I had no ideas for it. Then I remembered my cardinal rule. The cardinal rule of writing is this: when you can’t think of anything to do next, add a duck or some explosions. Preferably both. Following that logic, I wrote my therapy session with the one duck character I have, who coincidentally also explodes from time to time. Allow me to introduce the stellar, the scintillating, the slightly bald Mack! (more…)
Posted by Liam Wood on July 14, 2013
“What are you writing for NaNoWriMo? Briefly explain how this book idea come about. Then write a mock first page for the novel.”
This is the Teens Can Write, Too blog chain prompt for this month of October. At first I balked at this, because I’m dead set against outlining right now, and this is pretty close to outlining. Last year, I hadn’t settled on an idea until November first. Sure, I had a primary idea and a secondary idea and no idea how to do either, but I didn’t know which I was going to do until I actually began writing.
The novel I wrote last year sprang from half-a-year’s worth of random ideas jotted down in a notebook. This year I don’t have that luxury because I’m writing so much more that any idea I get will be used almost immediately. I haven’t let things stew for very long before trying them out. (more…)
Posted by Liam Wood on October 10, 2012