Archive for March, 2012

The End is Nigh…

March 31st, 2012 1 comment

Nigh on impossible to get right, that is!  OK, all (terrible) puns aside, I thought it might be good to talk a little bit about endings. That is, after all, the ultimate goal of any writing project, is it not? Read more…

Backstory for a Short Story is not a Short Backstory

March 29th, 2012 No comments

You would think, wouldn’t you, that backstory was less important for shorter works. But you’d be wrong! Sometimes what went before is everything, and especially in the case of science fiction or fantasy, you’ve still got a lot o’ world-building to do. Read more…

Bad Habits and Backstory

March 17th, 2012 6 comments

Following on from Matt’s post last week, I thought I’d throw my own experiences with backstory into the ring, along with a dose of some bad habits.  As ever, I’m going to be exploring this anecdotally, as opposed to doing any actual research or anything, merely to highlight my thoughts and opinions as the resident ‘seat of the pants writer’. Read more…

Breeds of Backstory

March 10th, 2012 No comments

So recently I have been fleshing out the backstory to my current project. Not only that by I have been thinking of ways of cleverly weaving the details into the story proper. I prefer backstory that feeds directly into the main plot, rather than it exist in isolation. But I was having a bit o’ bother.

Suddenly, and while I was thinking of something else entirely (isn’t it always the way), the Tetriminos of writerly inspiration aligned, and four lines of writing impediment disappeared, and I had my answer! Tetris!

I was also reminded that I haven’t written much about backstory on this ‘ere blog o’ mine. Read more…


March 3rd, 2012 2 comments

Every now and then, I fall off the wagon – I’m out of my routine, I’m out of my word processor. I’m not writing. If I can claw my way back into the routine of my own volition, all the better for me. But if it goes on for too long, guilt will bring me back. Read more…

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