Jennifer Crusie's Blog, page 10
August 4, 2013
August 3, 2013
July 31, 2013
I know a lot of people don’t like this one because it’s too fluffy. Me, I like fluff, especially marshmallow fluff, especially when Donna comes back and says, “You’re not mating with me, sunshine.” Also, Wilfred.
July 30, 2013
July 29, 2013
From Krissie on ReFab:
“Oh, and Amazon is doing a fabulous promotional effort called The Big Deal, with hundreds of books at rock-bottom prices until August 4th. Included are three of my very best: TO LOVE A DARK LORD, RITUAL SINS and AGAINST THE WIND, at only $.99 each. How can you resist a bargain like that? Plus there are lots of other goodies to snap up for a little “me” time later on.
July 28, 2013
July 27, 2013
July 26, 2013
Some people (Hi, Pam) have been asking me to post the McDaniel reading list for the first course (521). I’m still rewriting the PDFs for the course and looking for the last novel, and I have to put in the specific chapters from the McKee book, and the internet posts may be changed, but otherwise this is the reading list for the next 521 class. The Burroway, Browne, and McKee books will be used in the next three classes, too. (Note: The chapter numbers shift depending on what edition of Burroway you’re using; read the topic, not the chapter number.)
521-1 Intro to Romance, Story Basics
The Romance Novel PDF
Story Basics PDF
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction, Chapter 1. The Writing Process” and Chapter 3 “Showing and Telling.”
Robert McKee, Story, [Chapters to be named shortly]
Andrew Stanton, “The Clues to a Great Story,” TED talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stant...
Chuck Wendig, Terrible Minds blog, “25 Things To Know About Your Story’s Stakes, http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/...
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heaven, Texas
Wendelin Van Draanan, Flipped
521-2 Writing Scene
Brown and King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Chapter 1: Show and Tell
Robert McKee, Story
Joe Fassler, “Why Stephen King Spends Months and Even Years Writing Opening Lines,” The Atlantic, July 23, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainm...
Chuck Wendig, Terrible Minds blog,“25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/...
—. “25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/...
Loretta Chase, Lord of Scoundrels
Beverly Jenkins, Indigo
521-3 Point of View/Voice, Critiquing Fiction
POV & Voice PDF
Brown and King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Chapter 3 POV, Chapter 12 Voice.
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction. Chapers 7&8: POV.
Jennifer Crusie, Argh Ink, “Be Yourself Because It’s Too Damn Hard To Be Somebody Else,” http://www.arghink.com/2012/10/08/7671/
—. “Lost in Translation: First to Third and Back Again.” http://www.arghink.com/2012/02/19/los...
Robert McKee, Story
Chuck Wendig, Terrible Minds blog,“25 Things You Should Know About Narrative POV” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/...
—. “25 Things Writers Should Know About Finding Their Voices” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/...
Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark
Anne Stuart, Eileen Dreyer, and Jennifer Crusie, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes
521-4 Rewriting, The Romance Novel
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction. Chapter 11. Revision.
Robert McKee, Story
Nora Roberts, Montana Sky
[Novel to be Named Later]
Mamet, David, “Memo to the Writers of the Wire” http://movieline.com/2010/03/23/david...
Chuck Wendig, “25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/...
July 24, 2013
Yes, I know, we’re skipping a finale. It was depressing even if Martha does finally come to her senses and leave the Doctor flat, and the Master is a terrific Big Bad. Long overdue, Martha, that’s what I say. Instead, we’re doing another Christmas special. Yes, London is under attack at Christmas. Again. It’s “Voyage of the Damned,” aka “The Poseidon Adventure in Space” featuring the pluckiest waitress this side of Pluto. And, of course, the Doctor.
July 22, 2013
Chuck Wendig is prolific, profane, and profoundly smart about writing. His site, Terrible Minds, has a blog that has filled many books (very reasonably priced so you should buy them). I assign a lot of his blog posts for the McDaniel writing classes with regularity, and they always generate great discussions. Which is why I’m writing this post: I’ve exploited this guy’s work so mercilessly that I need to give back, so please go to Chuck Wendig’s blog and buy his books. I want to keep this guy in groceries and whatever else he wants so he keeps sharing how smart he is about writing story.
Take his post 25 Things To Know About Your Story’s Stakes. Story stakes are a tough concept to explain well, even tougher to put into practice. Wendig’s fast, pointed, and above all passionate advice begins with #1:
1. Story As Game: Why Stakes Matter To Us
Storytelling isn’t a game, except when it is. Part of what keeps us coming back to play a game is part of what keeps us coming back to read a story. In a game, we want to beat the odds, duck the punches, cut the balls off our enemies, and play the royal flush to win the pot of gold coins from that shitty little leprechaun — and in that game, we are frustrated by conflict and lost battles and that can push us to play again with greater verve and viciousness. A story isn’t quite so straightforward, but the analogs are there: we see the protagonists and we want them to beat odds, duck punches, cut balls, and steal from shitty little leprechauns. We are further frustrated by the conflicts and the lost battles and so we read on with faster flips of the page.
Beyond that, he’s a guy after my creative-writing-teacher-heart. Look what he says about publishing:
Writing and storytelling is not a means to an end. The story is the end. Publishing is just a delivery system. It isn’t that fucking exciting. It’s not a carousel. You should ask more questions about wordsmithy and story architecture than you do about query letters or e-book formatting.
And that’s even before you get to his impeccable takes on sexism, misogyny, and homophobia; even Jezebel has to love this guy. But mostly he’s just smart, smart, smart about writing.
If you’re a writer, you definitely need to know Chuck Wendig. And buy his books:
Full disclaimer: I’ve never met the man. I’m sure he’s lovely, but I just read his blog and make everybody I know who wants to be a writer reads it, too. It is, as he tells you up front, NSFW, but I figure if you’re reading Argh, you can take damn near anything in the written word. Also, buy his books. Thank you.