When Writing a Story is Hard…

There are times when I rue the day I decided to write a sequel to A Study In Magic. If only I stopped where I did. If only I didn’t make any promises. If only, if only, if only…

Writing A Study in Magic: The Application is hard. Over this past year, I tried to figure out why. I had a master list of required scenes and events. I had an ending. The characters knew the drill and told me what needed to happen, not the other way around. A good sign of character development, I knew. I just had to write it all out. So why so difficult? (more…)

Turning Fanfiction to a Book

After I signed up for NaNoWriMo, I ruminated over what kind of novel should I write. One option I considered was turning a fanfic into an original story. That got me thinking: what if I turned a fanfic to an original story and published it?

It’s been done before. Fifty Shades of Grey is probably the most well-known example. I know of two other fanfic writers who rewrote their fanfic and self-published them as original novels. They’re not as well known as the story I’ve mentioned, but both authors have solid reputations as good writers. I’ve purchased You Buy Bones, a Canon!Sherlock Holmes fanfic turned published book, because I loved the fanfic so much. A brief Internet search produced more examples:

Seeing as it’s been done before, I asked myself the question: What would the effort of turning a fanfiction to a book entail? (more…)

Why Write? Some Heady Thoughts During National Novel Writing Month

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-200November is upon us, and for writers, this means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is here. After resisting its lure for so long, I decided to give it a go. Here is my profile; and the novel I planned. I plan to strategically not win, but that’s another post.

Writing is not easy. Every time writing feels like crossing the Sahara desert with chains on my ankles, thumbscrews on my fingers and my head in a vice, I ask myself: why write?