Status Update #6: The Finish Line?

Scott SummersStatus Updates

Great news!  The novel is . . . done?  After taking the better part of a week to sort through all the problems that I made for myself in the revision process

How Writing is Like the Ship of Theseus

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

Here’s a question for you: If you have a ship, and you replace everything about that ship (planks, nails, canvas, oars, etc.) is it still the same ship? Likewise, if you have an idea, and you replace everything about that idea . . . is it the same idea?

Hyperspace: The Fastest Magic of Them All

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

When you think about the word, space, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the inky blackness that our planet moves through every hour and second. (If that’s a little dramatic, bear with me.) Space is big. Really big. So big we had to invent a word for all that empty space. And somehow, in the middle of all that emptiness, science fiction capitalizes on stories about interstellar travel and galactic intrigue while everyone back on Earth stays more or less the same as when our heroes left. (Not possible, due to time dilation. Thanks, relativity!) Which leads all science … Read More

The Plot Don’t Matter None

Scott SummersOn Writing

As a writer, I’ve always been interested in what happened next. So interested, in fact, that I knew — absolutely knew — that plot was the thing that all stories were built around.

Status Update #3: Can You Count to Ten

Scott SummersStatus Updates

It’s a long holiday weekend, so I’ve given myself a day or two off. Shocker, right? I realized on Saturday that it’s been almost two months since I actually put everything down and stopped trying to push my little rock up my little hill.

Fiction and the Temporal Advantage

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

Let’s face it: In the face of new media, writing is a hard sell. Your words are competing with flashing lights, cool explosions, awesome sound design, compelling narratives, and the fact that reading is a more demanding hobby that most other leisure activities. And now, the Internet is basically a black hole from which no time can escape.

So what does writing have going for it?

10 Tips for Starting Your First Novel

Scott SummersGuides & Lists, On Writing

Getting started in fiction is a tricky thing. Creating a believable plot, lovable characters, and a realistic world is more than the sum total of life experience and hearsay. If you’ve got an idea in your head that you just need to get out, it might seem as simple as pulling out a piece of paper, calling it Page One, and starting your first chapter.