Writing and Love, it’s About Control

Writing Control

I captured this during university in London. Now I realize what was missing.

I was speaking with a friend recently about why people, particularly creative types, become unable to create something they know they’re perfectly capable of creating. I think it’s because when people create something, they’re putting a part of themselves out there, and because the work is an extension of themselves, they often get too invested in it.

In short, we care too much.

I used to think writing perfectionism was all about quality control, but control can really only come from a place of love. Continue reading

Why Closure is Important in Cliffhangers

I’ve always wondered how Breaking Bad managed to get away with so many cliffhanger episode endings AND leave us with a feeling of completeness at the same time.

After re-watching the series for the second time, I think I have the answer: closure.

When I first started writing my Long-Suffering Manuscript, I thought closure was only possible at the end of the story, after the protagonist defeated the antagonist, reclaimed lost turf, reconciled with loved ones, etc, but that’s not true at all. Continue reading

3 Challenges of Writing the First 10,000 Words

This is the second installment of the I’m Writing A Book series.

I finish writing 10,000 words of my book this past weekend. The worst part (before the bloodbath that is editing) is over.

I made a video of the three challenges I always face when I start a new draft, plus the tricks and solutions I used to finish the first 10,000 words. Here’s a summary of the three challenges and how I got through them: Continue reading

My Ultra Personal Writing Playlist (For All the YA Feels)

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I made a bunch of functional writing playlists in the past to boost writing productivity and whatnot, so for a change of pace, here’s a more personal writing playlist that I haven’t shared before. The Nash Moor Playlist is the secret sauce (fuel? Gateway? Abort metaphor!) that gives me quick access to the thoughts, emotions, and inspiration I need to keep hacking away at the Long-Suffering Manuscript.

Most of these songs, first heard during my sophomore year of university, sparked the initial ideas for the Nash Moor story. Other songs simply reinforce plot elements or set the mood. Regardless, all of them get me into the minds of the characters and hand me a dagger to stab them where it hurts.  Continue reading

5 Traits of the Sympathetic Villain

Writing Good Villain

If you’ve seen the Daredevil TV series, you’d know how multi-dimensional and sympathetic their villains are. Aside from the obvious example of primary antagonist Wilson Fisk, whose portrayal in both the comics and small screen is nothing short of emotionally complex, the TV series bring us Vladimir Ranskahov, who is one of the more memorable secondary villains in recent years.

Here’s five traits of the sympathetic villain.

Despite being the more cantankerous and trigger-happy half of the Ranskahov brothers, I understood his motives and raison d’être much better than I did Fisk’s, whose evil deeds were largely conducted from the shadows. Continue reading