Monday, February 21, 2011

Clarion Writer’s Craft: How Much to Craft the Draft? « Clarion Blog

So, O Writer Friend o' Mine, do you write your first draft as quickly as possible, without delving into any revision until you're close to the end? Or is it better to get each paragraph and scene as tight as possible as you write? I posted this in response to today's article by Lynda Williams on the Clarion SFF Writers' Workshop site:

I'm a revisionist-pantser, so I tend to write as tight a final draft as possible, but with just the barest trace of a plot in mind (the characters tend to lead me by the nose through a scene). I just can't bring myself to throw together a s**t draft, but I envy those who can, and I can only point to which method works best for me.

I'm also a very visual person, so an odd habit of mine is to actually write in Word within a template of my own design, spec'd out to resemble a mass market paperback (6.88" x 4.25", with margins, fonts, paragraphs, chapter headings, etc. "just so"). This ends up creating a little extra work before submissions when I convert it to manuscript format, but that's what works for me. It's very satisfying to tap along with my words dropping into a format that is already "book-like" in appearance. Maybe in my own mind it legitimizes my words more. It definitely helps me compose structurally pleasing passages, I think. And it also helps when I convert each chapter to a PDF and drop it onto my wife's NookColor for proofing!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Movies I plan to see in 2011

Alright, so let's see if I have my movie-viewing wish list for the first half of 2011 straight.

All the links will take you to that movie’s overview page, where you can see stills, cast and crew, trailers, etcetera.

12453THE EAGLE is this Friday. Check.

RANGO on March 4th

PAUL on March 18th

SUCKER PUNCH on March 25th

YOUR HIGHNESS on April 8th

32944THOR on May 6th


KUNG FU PANDA 2 on May 27th

GREEN LANTERN on June 17th

CARS 2 on June 24th



That there's more movies than I've seen at the theater in probably the last two years combined. I'm gonna have to start a movie fund right now. At least I get a break in April, unless I decide to see SUPER (Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Rainn Wilson), since I dig its lineup of actors/actresses, and director James Gunn wrote the 2004 version of DAWN OF THE DEAD, which I did not think was horrible – it was no SHAUN OF THE DEAD, but it was fun.

38068Now, I can tell you a couple of studio reboots I will most likely not being seeing. The first is ARTHUR (dumb idea; Dudley Moore will always be Arthur to me and not, I repeat, NOT Russell Brand!) and the second is  X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unless, by some miracle, the latter movie far surpasses the stills, because they look abso-smurfly horrid. And I really dig Michael Fassbender, too! But, no. Or as Thor might utter: “I say thee nay.” Honestly, if I was forced to buy an advance ticket and given the choice between the X-reboot and FINAL DESTINATION 5 (yes, that’s the number FIVE), I’d probably flip a coin.

No. I’d say “eff it” and buy a ticket to THE GREATEST MUPPET MOVIE EVER MADE (heck, it has Zach Galafalakanizzle, that little bearded drunken monkey, and Jason Segel in it, after all).

21820Alas. But, hey, doesn’t the lineup above seem super duper solid? It makes the past two summer movie seasons look totally lame. I’m feeling kinda excited. And it all starts this weekend, as I have some fairly high hopes for THE EAGLE (hell, I enjoyed CENTURION—another Fassbender flick with much the same premise).

What do you guys think? Did I miss something above that you’re really looking forward to seeing this year?