Writing About Writing When You’re Writing
I hadn’t been writing for a while when I started up again a week or so ago. There are a lot of reasons, among them needing a break, coming up with my next big project (still working on that!), and achieving distance from a project so I could rework it into another form.
All those things take up a lot of my backbrain, which means that I haven’t been consciously thinking about writing very much, lately. Which is why I haven’t been writing about it much lately, either.
It’s hard for me to write about writing when I’m, well, writing. I’m not sure if it’s because I am incapable of it or, as seems more likely, thinking consciously about writing inhibits me psychologically when it comes to writing fiction.
I do have some ideas for writing craft posts, but I also wanted to ask: if you’re reading this, do you have a craft issue you’d like me to post about? Be as general or as specific as you like.
About Victoria Janssen
Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi
. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge
Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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How you build characters. Specifically, how much is simply inspiration, what planning you do at the outset and how it might develop as you begin to write. All my favourite books are character-driven and flimsy characters are often at the root of my liking particular stories.
Sorry, that last sentence should read “.. at the root of my DISliking particular stories”
Ooh. I like that. Also that you gave me a lot of questions to work with on the one issue. I will definitely post about that.
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