Extracurricular mediums

In Which endever* shares specific ideas about developing your world and characters.

GeGi wrote beautifully last week about the importance of developing a clear vision of the world you’re building in your fiction, even if all the details don’t directly end up in your finished piece. Today I’d like to share some of my techniques for worldbuilding as well as characterbuilding – that is, all the ways I novel when I’m not actually writing. The idea is to develop a clear vision of your characters, including their backstory, and of the universe they occupy and its history. The better you know your characters and the situation you’ve placed them in, the easier it’s going to be to let them make decisions that make sense (rather than jerking them around in service of your plot).

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Being a Writer; GeGi’s musing on the heart of the matter.

In Which GeGi Becomes Philosophical about being a Writer.

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endever* and I (GeGi) have rather different approaches to writing (partly because we have very different backgrounds for how we became writers). It’s one of the contributing factors for the awesomeness of our writerly discussions. Things are generally much more interesting when different points of view can come together to tackle a problem, after all. Talking about your writing with someone who will ask questions you never thought of is extremely helpful. The reverse of that — being asked questions you hadn’t thought of about someone else’s writing — is incredibly useful for exploring knowledge you have but hadn’t bothered to put into words. Incidentally, it also happens to be a excellent example of the whole “teaching is the best way to learn” advice… But getting into the importance of writerly friends is a topic for a future post!

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Writing as unschooling

In Which endever* discusses the connections between unschooling and being a writer.

Hi there, endever* here! I’d like to talk a little today about writing as a form of self-directed learning.

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Never heard of the concept? It’s most frequently discussed in reference to “school-age” youth, generally as a subtype of homeschooling or as a value held by an alternative school. In the context of young people’s lives I consider unschooling necessary to anti-ageist revolution, something dear to my heart. Extrapolated to usage across the lifespan, it has a lot to do with a deliberate, holistic commitment to lifelong learning.

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Suggestions and Ideas for the Wary Author.

Tips for Octopi on methods of discretion while researching.

In this day and age, it becomes a sensible precaution for the aspiring Evil Author to take a few extra measures to ensure privacy and discretion in the pursuit of research. Should the hapless outsider discover an Evil Author’s internet queries out of context, for example, the author might be suspected of plotting deeds most foul in the physical world, rather than merely bringing suffering and excitement to the world of their own creation. Such unpleasantness should be avoided, as it only serves as a distraction from precious time which should rightly be spent writing. Fortunately, my dear octopi, endever* and I (GeGi) have decided to compile a few helpful suggestions to aid you in this avoidance.

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The Fine Lines of Being Evil.

In Which We Discuss The Art of Being Evil Authors. Part One.

Greetings, my dear little octopi! How are we all this fine day/night? Well, I hope? Settled comfortably? There’s tea or coffee for refreshments, please help yourselves. Have your notebooks out and writing implements at the ready? Excellent, let’s begin!

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We’re going to talk about being Evil. Specifically, an Evil Author.

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