Writing

Unreliable Narrators and Narratives AKA Westworld is Amazing

If I were at home (which I’m not) and I didn’t have to get up early (which I do) I would be getting ready to write an opus about unreliable narrators and how Westworld uses that to its best advantage. Instead, I’m going to make a really brief post here about unreliable narrators and narratives, and why they can work oh-so-well in stories.

Please note, if you have NOT seen the last episode of Westworld, this post is going to have spoilers. Also, if you haven’t seen the last episode of Westworld or you haven’t been watching the series, get off of my blog, go get an HBONOW subscription, and binge watch it now.

Otherwise, click the read more, and we’ll talk about unreliable narrators.

Status Sunday, Writing

Status Sunday #2

Happy Status Sunday, guys! I have to admit, I spent a LOT of time this week getting ready for a work trip I’m starting tomorrow, so I haven’t gotten as much writing-related things taken care of, but it’s been a productive week nonetheless.

This week, I’ve done the following:

  1. Started Reader, which is just under 3,000 words right now.
  2. Finished the first group of commission pieces for Burner (mainly settings)
  3. Continued working on getting scenes from Burner illustrated
  4. Settled on an editor for Burner and reserved a slot for January.

I’m planning on the following for this week:

  1. Continue working on Reader. I have been trying to get at least a thousand words written a night this past week, but since I’ll be on-site for work, that may not be possible. Still, I’m going to make sure I’m spending SOME time working on it every day.
  2. Hearing back from readers of Burner. The few who have gotten back to me have been generally positive. I’m looking forward to getting full feedback from folks.

Like I said, I will be at a client site for my day job all next week, so I may not be able to get detailed blog posts written. I’ll do my best to get some quality content out next week, though. See you all (hopefully!) tomorrow.

Advice, Writing

Finding your Flow

Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you completely miss the other person in the room, someone who’s been calling your name for a minute with no reply? How about getting sucked into a book and wondering where the afternoon went when you put it down? If you have, then you’re familiar with flow. For those of you who may not have had the experience or know the term, this post is going to examine flow: what it is, how you get it, and how it can improve your writing.