Archive for July, 2011


Why Are You Reading This?

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

Anyone else happen to catch this post by J.A. Konrath last week?

Are You Writing?

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I’m not telling you to stop blogging, or Tweeting, or reading posts from other people… but he makes an excellent point. When our social media time & learning efforts outweigh our actual writing time, what are we actually gaining?

Time spent on those things is time not spent writing.

We won’t get anywhere if we’re not gluing our hands to the keyboard and writing.

We are all going to fail if we continue to not write.

I don’t know about you, but that post was a pretty darn effective guilt trip… and I’ve been on a blog break! I’m going have to actively make sure I don’t allow blogging and social media to fill up all my time now that I’m back “on the scene”. (LOL)

How much online time is too much for you? Are you writing?


Surprising, Yet Inevitable

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

Last weekend, El Husbando and I attended a sci-fi convention in Toronto. We’re not huge fans of the convention itself, but one of the guests of honor was author Brandon Sanderson—no way we were going to miss that! Sanderson is best known for finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but we’ve been huge fans since Elantris, so… uh, yeah. A little fangirl/fanboy *squeeing* from both of us.

BetrayalThe convention offered a number of panels on writing speculative fiction, which Sanderson helped to lead. One of the things he said on a panel about writing endings is that the end of your book should be “surprising, yet inevitable.”

I think this particular phrase can also be found on his Writing Excuses podcast, so I don’t know if he necessarily coined the phrase, but it stuck with me… it really, really makes sense!

When you’re writing the ending of your story, the last thing you want is a predictable ending. You don’t want your reader to come to the CLIMAX OF EVERYTHING and then say “oh, I saw that coming a hundred pages ago.”

Instead, you want the reader to realize what’s happening just as the characters realize what’s happening, turn that last page and then think: “Wow, I didn’t expect that… but of COURSE it had to happen that way!”

The ending then informs the rest of what came before it, and the reader realizes that it really couldn’t have happened any other way.

The best example I can think of for this is from one of Sanderson’s own works, the Mistborn series. The end of that trilogy is shocking, unexpected, and yet… all things considered… absolutely, 100% the ONLY way it could have ended.

Now, how you craft those endings is another matter entirely… but the more you write, the more natural this kind of ending will be.

How about you… do you write endings that are “surprising, yet inevitable?”


Happy [Insert National Holiday]!

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

firework I hope everyone had an enjoyable Canada Day/4th of July/other kind of weekend fun if you don’t live in North America.

I’m still here, plugging away at the rewrites, naturally not as far along as I’d like but further than I’ve managed to get in years.

I’ve rewritten about 25% of the novel… which means I have 75% to go. Hmm… it sounds a lot more impressive if I just focus on that first number. Heh.

I’m coming close to the areas of the book where I’d skipped writing scenes the first time around, and I’ll have to find my notes to figure out what I intended to put there. Does anyone else do this? Skip scenes, write notes in random places, then get intimidated by filling them in during the rewrite? o_O

Anywho, if you’re here reading this, leave me a quick note to tell me what you’re working on!!! I feel a little disconnected being on this bloggy break, but I promise to give you a visit in return.

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine! Grab a book, head outside, get some of that good ol’ Vitamin D in your system. :D