(C) 2020, JJ Shaun I started writing my fiction right after I returned from a deployment filled with underway watch rotations and Dungeons & Dragons when not on duty. If you have ever played tabletop (pen-and-paper) D&D, you know that progress can be glacial. Six months of playing doesn’t always amount to much character development. … Continue reading DIY MFA: Plotting for the Pantser
“I've always had a slightly overactive imagination.”~Daniel Radcliffe English actor and producer Daniel Radcliffe was born on this day in 1989.
Today’s word comes from the news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition A theory and practice of socialism including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society.A radical, revolutionary political philosophy that aims to capture … Continue reading Wednesday Word for July 22, 2020
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”~Ernest Hemingway American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”~Edmund Hillary New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary was born on this day in 1919.
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun As writers, we all want to write the next Great American Novel. But why? What made you realize that you wanted to be a writer? I can only answer for myself. I’m a life-long reader, even though I haven’t been as much of a reader lately as in the past. When … Continue reading Why Do You Write?
“You can't relive your life.”~John Glenn United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, and politician John Glenn was born on this day in 1921.
What is a plot? According to Brandon Sanderson, the plot is a promise made at the beginning, progress toward fulfilling that promise, and a payoff at the end. What does that all mean? In the first few sentences, paragraphs, and pages, you make a promise to your reader. That promise includes the tone. Is it … Continue reading DIY MFA: Learning to Plot
“I find writing very difficult. It's hard and it hurts sometimes, and it's scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities.”~Tony Kushner American playwright, author, and screenwriter Tony Kushner was born on this day in 1956. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor.
Today’s word comes from the news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and … Continue reading Wednesday Word for July 15, 2020