Conflicting Forces: Writing in a State of Friction

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colliding forces: airplanes in the sky

A triad of forces clash together when I write, and they are more often than not conflicting forces. There are times when I feel as if these forces are welling up a balloon inside of me, inflating it toward its breaking point and radiating tension into my writing process. I’m stretched among what I want to happen, what is true for my character, and what I think a reader would enjoy. Read More

Emotional Baggage

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Car with emotional baggage glued on all sides

I am a discovery writer during the beginning of my stories. I taste, smell, and see things as my main character experiences them. This approach works for me because I need the freedom to be erratic and to explore the different paths of a story when completing my initial draft. In a way, not tackling the outline first relieves the pressure of the story. I can focus more on getting lost in the woods than trying to find my way back. But, a by-product of my organic writing is that I often need to go back and work on my main character’s emotional arc. I need to figure out what kind of emotional baggage they come with. Consequently, this helps me exploit them, and I end up creating a more dynamic character. Read More

God Save the Quotes!

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God Save the Queen

I have a confession: I am a thief.

You caught me. I extract what happens in my life to craft stories. I will gladly describe places I’ve visited and put them my stories, have my characters address problems I have faced (or my friends and family), or base chunks of dialog off real life conversations and one-liners. Of course, I dress those things up, maybe apply some foundation to further the disguise, and add a touch of rouge to make it more dramatic. When that chicanery falls short, though, you have to know where to look to give it that last coat of gloss to finish the whole charade. That’s when I turn to stealing other people’s quotes. Read More

Perfect Attendance

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I‘m drained. My eyes ache, my jaw hurts from popping every time I try to stifle a yawn, and my brain feels like it‘s been padded with wool. But I’m here. I sat in front of this damned keyboard as a small victory to celebrate my return to Creative Carnage after a two-and-a-half-year-long hiatus. Surprisingly, coming back after all that time to write a blog post has the same dynamic as when I’ve been writing in the trenches and need to return for my daily tally mark. It seems to me that I can think of a million other things I need to complete before I can focus on writing, whether I’ve been away for a day or a couple years. And it’s odd because it’s not that I don’t want to write. I love that I’m a writer. I’ve been yearning to get back to this blog ever since I left, but there’s this easy to give in force that wants to shuffle me away.
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MIA. . .

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I’m on hiatus from Creative Carnage until December 2017. My life’s circumstances have pared down my time for writing projects to the bare minimum. What remaining time I have goes straight to working on my short story collection. I’ll be back for the holiday season cheer! Until then.

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