In Which Our Evil Authors discuss their plans for July Camp, and have a Very Special Announcement.
Salutations, other octopi adventurers in the great writing wilderness!
July is nearly here, which means once again Camp NaNoWriMo is about to start… Are you feeling ready to tackle a new writing goal? Tell us about it in the comments!
Today’s post, naturally, will be about endever* and GeGi. As you might remember from last week, we’ve both been rather busy with Other Things lately. So we’ll be discussing why or why not we will each be participating (or not) in July Camp.
In Which GeGi plagiarizes ver own email to bring you a post.
Greetings, friendly octopi!
I (GeGi), have been struggling to find inspiration for this week’s topic. It’s not Writing’s fault; my life has been quite full with Other Things lately, and I’ve been letting the Other Things have all of my attention. Thus, I was quite pleased when someone sent me an email requesting the following writing advice:
So what’s the usual tips to achieve writing productivity? Do you have some web sites or something? How to find time to write, how not to over edit, etc. I suppose I just Google it, but I figure you have better ideas.
Obviously, the logical course of action was to shamelessly steal much of what I wrote in answer, and then expand on it for the blog. Thank you, dear sender of the email, for saving me from having to think up another topic.
In Which endever* discusses ways and mindsets with which an Evil Author can write Social Justice.
Hello again! Last week I (endever*) wrote about the fine lines of being Evil – specifically, the importance of differentiating between being evil towards your characters versus having an evil impact on the real world. Today I’d like to work forward from that discussion of how oppressions can show up in our writing to the broader idea of making our writing a resistance practice/part of the revolution/a small way of changing the world.
In Which endever* tackles the difficult quandary of being Evil without being oppressive.
Welcome, lovely octopi! Help yourself to some cookies, please, and settle in for a conversation about what it means to be an Evil Author. GeGi ever-so-wonderfully began this topic several weeks ago, and now I (endever*) would like to add some of my own musings. Specifically, I’d like to discuss the difference between being evil to one’s characters and having a real-world impact that is evil.
In Which GeGi continues the metaphor of Writing As Gardening, this time in relation to the genesis of a new project.
Greetings, dear octopi!
In a continuation of last week’s metaphor, I, GeGi, will attempt to map out how you can guide the garden of your mind from bare earth to fruitful plant. In other words, how to go from vague idea to an actual project.
In Which GeGi addresses an issue all writers have eventually encountered.
Greetings, fellow octopi! This is GeGi hosting today.
There are times in a writer’s life when the words stop. The flow seems to dry up; you struggle to craft even the simplest sentences. Inspiration and creative energy feel like things of the past, and you wonder if you’ll ever write again.
I do, at least. The rhythm of my writing is very cyclical — abundance is followed by drought followed by fresh abundance, and on, and on, and on. When I was younger this worried me. Each time I took an involuntary break from writing, I felt like it was the final time. The well had run dry, and I wasn’t a real writer after all. Then the words would come rushing back, and I would be consumed by writing again, trying to ignore everything else so I could spend hours upon hours in the fictional worlds of my own creation. I would tell myself that this time it had to be real, that it would last. Which, of course, it never did.
In Which Your Hosts Continue to Answer a Few Questions about Friendship of a Writerly Variety.
Greetings, fellow octopi. Welcome Back to our First Ever Q&A!
Today we shall continue exploring The Topic of Writerly Friends, via endever*. Once again this will be a Question and Answer format — to give you, dear readers, a chance to see this important facet of our lives from two different viewpoints. Last week the set of questions were answered be GeGi; and now we get to see what endever* has to say about the subject…
Without further ado, let us acquire appropriate refreshments and begin!