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Why does Ruth want it?

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the sixth exercise in the book. “why does your protagonist want what she wants?” Ruth wants Johnnie Magician in jail because he deserves … Continue reading

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What Ruth Wants

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the fifth exercise in the book. “Write a short paragraph about what your character enters the novel wanting,” Ruth wants to see Johnnie … Continue reading

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Chapter 6 is done!

Chapter 6 of The Centuries Unlimited, bringing us up to 21% completion. Chapter quote: “Why are you perpetuating a childhood you grew up despising?” — Mona Rodriguez First line: “I opened my eyes to find myself facing a buffalo skull.” … Continue reading

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The Protagonist Before

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the fourth exercise in the book. “Write a thumbnail sketch of who your protagonist is before the novel starts.” Ruth was about to … Continue reading

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American dialect research

Hey does anyone know of a book or database or something that documents the change in American English over the course of the 20th century? Here’s what I got so far google n-gram viewer American Dialect Society Dictionary of American … Continue reading

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“What’s your What If?”

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the third exercise in the book. “What’s your What If?” What if there’s a technology – a time train – that carries you … Continue reading

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Flying Gangster Cars

I’ve been thinking about The Centuries Unlimited’s flying cars. Black Station split off from canonical history when a bunch of 22nd-century technology was dumped on it in 1929, so it has a Diesel-Punk aesthetic with gangsters and trenchcoats. I considered … Continue reading

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“Why do you care about your story? That’s what it’s about.”

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the second exercise in the book. “Why do you care about your story? That’s what it’s about.” I care about The Centuries Unlimited … Continue reading

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Emily and Ruth

I can’t use this chunk of text because it’s narrated by the wrong person, but I like it so here you go. At least as of now, the events are canonical to The Centuries Unlimited. To the tune of blatting … Continue reading

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Some Writing Advice

Well,  they worked for me on Friday at least. Let’s hope they keep working. (ahem) 1) rather than work until a job is “finished,” work for exactly an hour on one thing, then take a break and switch to something else, even … Continue reading

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