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creative panic/headless-chook mode

you know that feeling, when you realise how many great ideas are banking up in your mind, and then you compare them with what you have physically produced and you start panicking? An ms under revision, partly-written plotlines that will … Continue reading

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gruesome mermaids

Me and Cat were talking recently about the stories we wrote as teens. I was consumed by a melodrama that has only matured somewhat. As we were talking I remembered the feel and texture of one of my notebooks – … Continue reading

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plotting for greatest impact; or, The Spiral

The plotting of the Lymond Chronicles is amazing. I wish there were a better word to express my admiration. After long hours of deliberation, Cat has boiled the amazingness down to this: Dunnett’s many, subtly-planted plotlines don’t just meet/almost meet/collide … Continue reading

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OmmWriter: an amazing tool

This beautiful piece of software comes from a design studio in Barcelona called Herraiz Soto & Co. It’s not trying to replace whatever word-processor you use. It’s a creative space to write in, that blanks out everything else, leaving just … Continue reading

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“your fingers are palpable”

special k said this to me today, holding my fingers in his. “Even really good writers,” he said, “describe things you can’t feel as ‘palpable’. Why don’t they just write Holy shit, it’s tense in here!” It made me giggle … Continue reading

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