Simple Schema For Fiction Note-Keeping

§.00 I'm very partial to note-keeping and have consequently developed a note-keeping method specifically tailored for fiction. §.01 Consideration in my schema is first given to character(s), since once one has assembled their principal character or characters, the setting and plot can be developed more naturally. Next, principal setting(s), then theme(s) (since once one has… Continue reading Simple Schema For Fiction Note-Keeping

A Consideration of Wenclas’ Vodka Friday Night (2019)

Kirk Fannin was the dangerous one– yet for a moment Stacey Shemke was the aggressor. (Wenclas, Vodka Friday Night) §.00 Karl Wenclas' short fiction Vodka Friday Night was the first incarnation of what the author has described as the '3D Story,' a self-conscious attempt to generate a new, vitalistic literary model. §.01 The plot—sharp as a razor—revolves… Continue reading A Consideration of Wenclas’ Vodka Friday Night (2019)

Plot Forcing: Two Variations

A plot point within a story may be said to be forced if a given development occurred because of a sudden change which had no precedent within the tale. One common form of plot forcing is sporadic, selective stupidity, the condition whereby a normally competent (or brilliant) character suddenly losses all wit so that said… Continue reading Plot Forcing: Two Variations

Tomb of the Father: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Author’s note: The following text is a short chapter excerpt from my forthcoming novel, Tomb Of The Father. More chapter excerpts will be released in the coming weeks. Gunvald woke in the dark and buried the brigand upon the northern hill opposite the shepherd's encampment and departed from the old vaquero wordlessly, before his waking,… Continue reading Tomb of the Father: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Fiction Circular 3/8/19

§00. Editor’s note: links affixed to author/publisher’s name will redirect to author/publisher social media, links affixed to story/article titles will redirect to the site whereupon the named piece is archived. The ‘authors’ section focuses on lone individuals who publish their own literary work, ‘organizations’ section focuses upon independent presses, lit-mags, e-zines and other literary organizations who… Continue reading Fiction Circular 3/8/19

On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

If, in your fiction writing, you can describe something in but a single word, sentence or paragraph, but choose instead to write in excess of the requisite amount for the task-to-hand, pause to consider precisely why. There are, sometimes, good reasons for writing in excess of the amount for the task-to-hand, but if due consideration… Continue reading On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

Writing Prompt 9/29/18 – Innovation

#1 "Political power is fundamentally escalatory, my friend, and thus, subservient to innovation. The strong rule the weak but the clever rule the strong." #2 Malitz smiled and danced with delight as he finished out the equation. They said it couldn't be done - the cure for aging, here at last! #3 She watched the birds… Continue reading Writing Prompt 9/29/18 – Innovation

Writing Prompts 9/15/18 – “Nature”

#1 "Nature," the old man said, "Is merely that which humans ain't yet tinkering with." #2 The tarantula hawk flipped over on its back and stung the tarantula til paralysis and then started dragging it, paused and bit off its eight hoary legs, sucked the blood til dry and, now finding its quarry much lighter,… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/15/18 – “Nature”

Writing Prompts 9/13/18 – Resolve

#1 He knew the killer was coming for him. Was only a matter of time. Yet, nothing would shake his desire to see the maniac brought to justice. #2 The men, bestially masked and robed, gathered round and took their prisoners fingers, one by one; wearing him down with every sicking snip. "Where is she?" No… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/13/18 – Resolve