Help Me On My Next Adventure

(Yes, I went to the Grand Canyon. I’m still compiling a post about that trip in the Exploration section. I have some cool stories from it, like getting chased by elk. It’s epic! But this is not about that.)

My fiction is taking a step to the next level: I’m working on a novel series. It’s a superhero tale with a slight twist –– “what if Doctor Strange, and not Iron Man, started The Avengers?” It’s like X-Men, but with

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My Favorite Plot

10,000 words. That’s how much I’ve written in the last week. That’s more than I’ve written in three years, especially for fiction. 5k of those words were in a previous project that I abandoned on Friday. The other 5k is my work on a new project. Why the shift? Because the first had no plot, and on Friday, after some study, I found a plot I can write to.

I’ve written before about how I suffer when trying to

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Cultivating Readership

I’m a people pleaser, through and through. In fact, I’ve not done things that I really wanted to do because I thought some people might not be fans of it. How crazy, right?! To not care if I enjoyed something I was going to do because someone else might not like it. Naturally, if I lost a follow on Twitter or a friend on Facebook I would get super annoyed.

“What did I do wrong?”

“Do they hate me now?”

“What if they

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Writing Into the Dark

Over the last few years, I’ve struggled to complete stories I start writing. I’ll outline, plan, world-build, and it all seems interesting, but nothing gets produced. Then, a few months ago, I started co-writing a screenplay with a friend who has more of a ‘pantsing’ style of writing –– writing a bunch of drafts, with each one better than the last.

I’ve always had a problem pantsing it. Not because I can’t do it (it’s the only writing I’ve ever

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Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

The “transcendentals” have been explored for centuries, but I only just came upon the concept of how they are studied while listening to the MFCEO Project this morning. Immediately, I could see how they applied to my successes and failures in the past –– that’s not a suggestion that they are indicative of such, but could see where I worked within them and found good fortune, and where I violated them, to my detriment.

Jadepunk Had All

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A Good Journey

We hear it all the time: “enjoy the journey.” “It’s not the destination that counts; enjoy the journey.” “Don’t be in such a rush to achieve; it’s lonely up there.” On and on. Such wisdom is easy to wave off as useless platitudes in our ambitious and consumer-driven society. But the journey is the important part. When the journey is over, so is life.

Steps of a Journey

We all want to be the authors of our journey, but that’s impossible. The

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Patterson, Tolkien, King, it’s assumed that if you read, you read names like these. They’re great writers, to be sure –– dominant forces in their genres. But everyone has a story to tell.

Book Snobs

Haughty readers almost turned me off of writing in high school. I handed a short story to a teacher and mentioned how much I thought she would like it.

“Who wrote this?” She asked.
“I did,” I said.

She took the paper. Three days

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Dealing with Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a terrible thing. You have something to say, but you don’t know what it is, not really. Or you know what you want to say, but believe it’ll suck.

I’ve noticed that writer’s block comes in two forms.

1. Lack of Focus

This one hits me less often than the other. A lack of focus is not having a clear understanding of what you want to say. Maybe you want to write science fiction, but beyond “my

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Express, Don’t Impress

Everyone has critics, and people they want to impress. If you’re human, it’s unavoidable, unless you just don’t care about what other people think. I care. When people are overly critical of me, it makes me take a second look at myself. If someone pays me a compliment, I’m grateful for it. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I go out of my way to get one of those compliments. We all do it, so I don’t think it’s necessarily bad unless it becomes

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Achievement Unlocked: My First Completed Premise

If real life was an X-Box, the words “Achievement Unlocked” just popped up on the bottom of my screen. Most people might call it a synopsis, but at twelve pages I think it’s outside that territory. But it’s also not an outline, as it’s missing scenes. The people behind Avatar: The Last Airbender call what I wrote a “premise” so I’m going to do the same.

A premise, in this case, is the main story, narratively described. The main idea, if you

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