Friday, July 29, 2011
That said, I thought I'd make a post, despite the fact that I don't know what to put on it.
I did wake up with a very interesting image in my head this morning.
Bursts of flame followed each step he took. One wrong step, one slight hesitation, and he’d be toast. Very literally. He’d have laughed at his little joke, but the belly of a volcano was no place for such things.
Bare feet flying, he leapt nimbly from stone to stone, leaving each one just as it sank away into the magma. There would be no turning back.
I thought that was rather intriguing. I mean, it's the opening scene, and we see this guy sprinting full out through a volcano. Barefoot.
Why is he in a volcano? And why the heck is he barefoot? Seriously?
I don't know the answer. But I very much intend to find out.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Guest blogger: Rachel Hauck
I’m just going to say it: Writers do need rules. Rules apply to structure – how a story is crafted and told. Voice and style are flexible. But story structure definitely has rules, and they give the author freedom to create.
A friend of mine was studying architecture. She loved drafting and creating beautiful buildings. She hated the rules and the math. Her professors would look at her designs and say, “Ruth, it’s gorgeous, but it’s going to fall down. You have to learn the math.”
She caved. “Once I learned the math and the rules, I had more options and more freedom to create what I wanted!”
The same applies to writing. A good story typically has certain elements.