Archive | April, 2013

A Conversation Between Critique Partners: In Defense of Sharing Ideas & Stories

So, by now it’s no secret that Sooz and I are CPs—and that we have a pretty darn successful partnership. In the past, we’ve co-written posts about how our CPship helps us Maintain Passion For A Story, World-Build, and How We Generally Operate As CPs. Today, however, we thought we’d answer one of the questions that we get asked somewhat often by other writers regarding our CPing & writing processes: I’ve heard from other authors […]


Interview with J.R. Johansson, Author of Insomnia

Insomnia Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death. Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is […]


Last Call: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

In A Face Like Glass‘s underground city of Caverna, wines can remove memories, cheeses can induce hallucinations, and perfumes can trick a person to trust the wearer in any instance. Odder still, everyone’s face is “as blank as untouched snow.” Facesmiths can teach others expressions, and how to show and fake emotions, but at a price. When a young girl, Neverfell, is able to display emotions as clearly as the most skilled Facesmiths, and always […]


Screenwriting Skills Translated to Book-writing

Storytelling through prose and through screenplay can be very different things, and I don’t think I entirely appreciated how different until I started taking classes in screenwriting and trying my hand at scriptwriting myself. Of course, books and movies/TV are very different media, and as such, have to be approached in different ways. To me, the biggest difference (and we’re just talking about the purely writing side here, so disregarding production and all the extra […]


On outlines, and diverging from them

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. —E.L. Doctorow (as quoted by Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird) Some writers live and breath outlines. They detail out every plot point and twist and scene and character arc. It works for them, and that’s great. Writing is a personal, intimate experience, and we all have […]