Quick and Dirty (okay, mostly quick, but made you look) with a bonus repurposed writing workout

So, no new Writing Workout yesterday because I was here all weekend: With people like this:   Doing things like this:                     (photo credit to Sander Feinberg for all but hair shot)         And next weekend I’ll be HERE. Doing things like this: Going to panels like THIS. And readings like¬†THIS. And parties like THIS. So, in the meantime, here’s a recycled writing workout I think you’ll enjoy… YOUR WORKOUT When you get to what I call the “sloggy” part of your story, when inspiration appears to have left the building and you are dragging yourself to the page, it’s time for some good old fashioned spontaneous writing. (even if you’re...

Weekend Workout: Cameo Characters and the Hidden Scene

This weekend I’m at FaerieCon West in Seattle (the urban version of FaerieWorlds). One of the VIP guests is prolific mythic fiction writer Charles De Lint, most famous for creating the imaginary town of Newfolk and telling so many stories about its population and their supernatural issues that he’s actually lost count of how many tales have sprung from it. The stories of the residents are intertwined, sometimes pulling a cameo from one story for a protag in the next. From GoodReads: The books have all been written in such a way that you should be able to pick up any one and get a full and complete story. However, characters do reoccur, off center stage as it were, and their stories do follow a sequence. I like this on so many levels. To create an...