Revision is hell: in which I reveal how crazy I truly am

I’ve hit a rough patch with my novel lately. Part of it is energy and working, and trying to balance a million priorities within the same 24 hours as everyone else. Part of it is that I’m at what I’ve learned is my weak spot in a story (the bit right before the third act turning point.) But it’s really because I am S-T-U-C-K. Stuck! I keep hitting dead ends, reversing tack and trying new things, hitting awesome NEW walls, going into tailspins and, whoa, new incontrovertibly impenetrable dead ends! Isn’t writing just awesome? Of course, I know this is

What Dance Central Taught Me About Creating Characters

Anyone who knows me right now knows what a crazy Dance Central enthusiast I am. You know, the Microsoft Xbox Kinect dancing game where you can get down to songs like “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” or “Poison.” But little did I know that my favorite time-waster could actually give me some lessons in writing — in particular, on the daunting yet fulfilling process of characterization. As someone whose been essentially trained as a writer and filmmaker to believe “CHARACTER IS EVERYTHING” in terms of writing a story, it’s fascinating to see how other disciplines work with character

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