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Prologues, Good or Bad?

Why use a prologue?

I believe that if a prologue is an information dump (InfoDump) it is wrong. The reader will not read it. They want a story not an InfoDump. 1,190 more words

Writing Tips

To Infodump or not to Infodump

I worked on a neat little infographic for the better part of an hour, thinking I’d make this post pretty and succinct. Then I messed up the layout, got frustrated, and rolled with an entirely different blog post altogether. 431 more words


Magazine: Nonlocal #2

Nonlocal issue #2

I help the other castaways push the raft into the ocean.  It’s a big raft that took us an entire week to build — we used the wood from the signaling tower that I’d pulled down the week before, waving too enthusiastically to a passing cruise liner. 1,012 more words

Science Fiction

Part 46

The Shameless info Dump!

Think of it as an intermission if you will, told rather than shown, painting the scene for you before I introduce two new characters … if this was a film this would be your montage … 680 more words

Schrödinger's Cat

Word count - 1/3/2017

Today’s word count: 310 (goal: 200-300)

I didn’t feel like writing today, and it was tough wringing the first couple sentences out. They sounded stupid, and didn’t do much for the plot. 84 more words

Word Count

Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2

More sad disasters and bad beginnings.

There are plenty of ways to ruin your first chapter. Last week we covered kitchen sink opening lines and clichés. 1,466 more words

Writing Craft