I am struggling with writing my novel right now, and it’s been difficult to scuttle through this particular rough patch. Luckily, it occurred to me that one of the ways I could inch myself up this uphill, winding road is to write my way out of it and get to the root cause. And I don’t think there is enough in the writing blogosphere that is written when things aren’t going well for the writer. […]
I‘ve been in that sort of year in review mode, thinking about the topics I have chosen to write about on the blog this year and if they were in line with the original vision I had for Creative Carnage. When I first started the Carnage in the summer of 2013, I had this image in my head that all my posts would be about writer’s block. Not only how to recognize it in all […]
. . .I’ll order a book light to read books at night in bed so I don’t wake up my boyfriend with obtrusive lamps before I buy a replacement for my toothbrush on the fritz. Priorities are in check. Other than that, I’ve been chugging along with world building for my current sci-fi novel, and I should have a post out by the end of this week or early next week. It will be the […]
Writing feels an awful lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. One with a several thousand piece count—minimum. And the pieces aren’t precut at all. I have to jerry-rig them by picking and choosing things from my environment and sharpening those people, experiences, and settings into prose, bit by bit. It’s one big mind game for me. When everything aligns, it’s an amazing high and makes me feel like I’m assembling an epic story. Characters […]
Life = crazy . . .which is delaying my post on character mental states. Fingers crossed, I will be done with it next week. While I play hookie, enjoy this podcast from Writing Excuses on creativity: Can Creativity be Taught?
Sonder (n): the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic […]
I came home and hated everything. I wanted to tear up the crusted, brown carpet, peel off the 70s wallpaper, and rearrange the furniture. So, welcome to Creative Carnage’s massive face lift! Lately, I’ve been feeling like so many of the blog’s extra features were cluttering my creative process. I’ve stripped them all out and left only the bare bones writing showcased in sexy typography. With this new minimalist change in design comes a shift […]