Doing the legwork to improve your story

As I mentioned before in my Write What You Know posts, I love to do research.  As my ambitions for writing of urban fantasy have grown, however, my need to be more thorough in my historical accuracy has increased as well.  This increased need has made me re-examine how I do research from my college days, requiring that I develop new …

Synopsis of “The Colour Out of Space” by H.P. Lovecraft

Hello everyone, it’s synopsis-time, but, unlike synopsis of “At the Mountain of Madness”, I think I am going to do things a little different.  So get your seeds and barbiturates ready, because we are going to learn how H.P. Lovecraft pulls off a stunning garden, using “The Colour Out of Space” as a reference. The Story begins with an unsettling …

How Fear, Sadness, and Anger Develop Dynamic Characters

I decided to do a little research this last week on emotions to help me with character development. WWYK is important as a base, but expanding on what you know never hurts.  So I called up a friend of mine who practices psychology in the Bay Area.  She talked to me about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a type of psycho-therapeutic …

How Writing What You Know Enriches Your Story—Part 2: Crafting A Character

In my last blog post I wrote about how the phrase Write What You Know has allowed me to produce better settings. I then showed how writing about San Francisco, a city I visit often, gave me a foundation with which to build Lockwood’s fantasy world. Unfortunately, my stories cannot be sustained by detailed settings alone. I need characters. So, …

Synopsis of “At the Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Lovecraft

WARNING SPOILERS!!  This is a comical synopsis of “At the Mountains of Madness”, do not read if you are planning on reading the story and do not want the craziness to be ruined for you.  If this warning does not apply to you then please read on. Meet William Dyer, a mild mannered Geologist with an inferiority complex and a …

Blog Writing for Writers

So I made a lot of promises in my last post.  Wow, we really say some crazy things when sleep deprived and under a deadline, Amiright? Okay, I am not going back on what I said, but, by the end of this post, I think we will have a much better understanding of what I will provide in my blog. …