Considering a writing workshop to help you take your craft to the next level? One of the best is Viable Paradise, a one-week residential workshop on Martha’s Vineyard. Hey, it’s how we met! We discuss our own experiences at VP and hear from long-time instructor Elizabeth Bear on her role with the workshop. Applications are being accepted for this year’s session in October. What are you waiting for?
Author extraordinaire Elizabeth Bear joins us for a fun, candid and wide-ranging conversation about writing, researching and “zombie-ass cherries.” Her most recent novel, Karen Memory, made Chia’s best-of list for 2015. And she’s collecting quite a shelf of Hugos and other genre awards. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, Tor.com has you covered on where to begin.
Also join us next week when we discuss her key role in Viable Paradise, as we focus on writing workshops.
This year is going to be the first year I write two novels. Yes, I say that after a January where about everything that could interrupt me did, but I have decided to make myself write faster this year.
Complete disclosure. One of these novels was a hot mess that I wrote a couple of years ago. That novel is dreadful, but elements of that novel might make a pretty good story. So, I’m going to rip out the bones of the thing and write from just those bones. For more information on how to do that, look at Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer and see his diagram of the rotting story and how new stories arise from it.
Book number one is The Pawn of Isis. It had a pretty bad draft during NaNoWriMo, and now that all the brush is out of my head, we’re writing a solid draft. This book seems to be writing itself in chunks. I’m revising the first quarter because I know what happens up to the first incident. I have four tent pole scenes, and I’m aware of all the big scenes, like the two inciting incidents, the climax and the ending. Getting to all of that, well, that takes some planning, and I’m planning it a chunk at a time. Elizabeth Bear suggests that every book is written a bit differently, and this one is in fact the first book I am writing this way.
Book number two is a YA teen romance book, a love triangle between two troll brothers and their female troll friend bestie. It’s meant to be a one off, but set in a universe that I’ve written in before. It will take place in Decorah, Iowa and while the teens deal with their angst, they must also keep the casket of eternal winters closed. The emotional plot and the action plot are set, but the antagonist in the main story could be a couple of people from the old tale. So, I’m letting my unconscious mull that over. I think the working title will be Stone Hearts, because that’s better than That Troll Novel Set in Decorah.
I will update here or over at my blog from time to time, because I thought it could be fun to see a writer go through the same stages as other writers.
By the way, the writing is going well currently, so I am a writing god. 🙂 No doubt when I see you next time, I will wonder why on earth I thought I should ever write at all.
Cath’s story, Crystal Vision, has been added to the Fiction section of the site. It joins Chia’s story, A Golden Treasure, which she read on our Holidays 2015 show. Both stories now have audio narration by the author available from the story page; whether that narration is unreliable, I’ll leave up to you. More fiction releases are planned, so check back in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: Our podcast hosting service appears to be glitching on us, and the posted narration files keep vanishing off the server. We are in the process of determining wtf. In the meantime, enjoy the text versions!
UP-UPDATE: Everything appears to be working. Enjoy!
What role does research play in writing genre fiction? You never know where research will lead, and this time it leads to amateur wrestling, heroin addicts in the ’40s, correct pronunciation at Satanic rituals, and man-eating griffons in Constantinople. And that’s just for starters! Bonus tangents include ’80s Geraldo specials and the appalling lack of verisimilitude in Rumble in the Bronx. Research is fun!
Our series of interviews on Alternative Publishing kicks off with Debbie Goelz, an award-winning author on Wattpad (writing as Brittanie Charmintine). What the heck is Wattpad, anyway, and how does it work? How can it help a writer develop a following? Debbie fills in the blanks for us.
More interviews coming soon!