August 2007

I looked at the web stats today and was pleasantly surprised to find one of my posts had found its way into the People of Colour SF Carnival 2

I don’t remember sending a link in for that, but I might have. ๐Ÿ˜† So if you’ve stopped by from there, welcome. And if you have no idea what that link’s all about, go by and take a look. I haven’t read all the links there yet but the ones I have read look good.


I don’t know if it was the trip, or the struggles with my home network, or not being able to go online for two weeks, or maybe the tremendous amount of writing I did last month. But I have felt tired, in an empty sort of way, all month. Perhaps it’s the heat, or the struggles with my teenage daughter this month that has gotten me down.

But I haven’t been able to get much writing done, or even editing, although lately my interest in editing has picked up somewhat. So I’ve done a lot of reading. I feel as though my heart was emptied out, and needs to be refilled before writing can commence.

Story ideas: where do you get them?

I don’t know where you get them, but something that’s helped me is the use of a prompt. Go Google ‘story prompts’ and you’ll find enough free prompts for the rest of your life.

The general idea is that something (a phrase, a picture, a story character) helps stir up a story inside you. Some people find them helpful, others don’t. But if you’re new to writing (and even if you aren’t), story prompts can give you ideas you might not get otherwise.

You can even combine two or more prompts (a picture and a character prompt, or a random plot with a genre prompt) to make the story more interesting.

A good exercise is to go to a random prompt generator site like Seventh Sanctum and pick a prompt generator. To make it even more interesting, try writing a story from the first one you get. Make it as wacky as you like. We’re just playing around here.

Try a genre or a writing style you’ve never tried before. The story itself might not be something you want to sell, but it might inspire ideas about another story, which might be better.

Ideas are not hard to come by. Even good ideas are not difficult to find. The way you write those ideas is what makes the difference. So get out there and start writing! ๐Ÿ™‚

(I say, as one who has slacked off for the last two weeks, doing but a dabble of editing and some reading through most of it. Ah, but it’s summer… )

Having some internet problems, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. Hope everyone is doing well.

July was a good month. Busy, but good. Wrote 60k story words, haven’t counted up the blog words yet. Had fun in CA visiting family.

August will be spent working on Tachyon People — lots of editing still to be done there. I’ll also be writing a story for Forward Motion’s Labor of Love challenge at the end of the month. You write as much as you can in four days. Mwahahaha.

I like to use these for more experimental type stories — Double Cross was written last year at this time. Any time you can write stuff you don’t think you’ll ever publish, go for it. The more crappy angsty bizarre free-association stuff you get out of your system, the more room there is for the good stuff to develop. At least, that’s my take on it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Besides, you never know what’s going to turn out well. I didn’t expect it to be very good, but Double Cross isn’t half bad, and it might even sell with some editing and worldbuilding work.

What are you all planning for the rest of the summer?