Absent Minded Pacer

Another aspiring author who's been told to go write a blog and poison the world with her insanity.

Category: Writing In General

On the Subject of Antagonists

Subtitle: And why it’s so much easier to create a protagonist than one of those guys.Image

Note: I have also long since come to the conclusion that the entire book is out for your soul and won’t stop until it eats a good portion of it. Perhaps that’s why it’s so dang horrid when you get rejected.

And… back to the subject.

Antagonists. The Bad Guy. The Darth Vader of your story. (LAWYERS. Don’t eat me, please! I DO NOT OWN Darth Vader. I am not claiming that I do! ) The reason your protagonist is in pain. The reason your protagonist had to leave his happy life of coffee and donuts (yes, I know, I’m making wild assumptions here) to go out into reality.

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The Short Attention Span Prologue

Subtitle: …Which is why I’ve rewritten mine for about the billionth time. *crazy eye twitch*

There many facts of life that one hates.

One of the most brutal and sulk worthy is that people have short attention spans – and are quick to judge whether or not something is worth their time.

The same is true for books.

So, of course, one must have the AWESOMESAUCE GIFT FROM THE STARS first line and/or prologue.

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On the Subject of Playlists and Near-Climaxes

Subtitle: And why they’re both so painful.


Writing, no matter how far along you may be (70,000 WORDS, YES.) will always on some level be very painful indeed.

Paticularly when it comes to action scenes.

I have a confession to make.

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Synopses Must Come From Hell

Subtitle: …No, seriously.

And no, for once, I didn’t spell Synopsis wrong! That’s just it’s plural.

Now, back to the point. 😉


That’s about my reaction now when I see a synopsis. When I first started, oh foolish person that I am, I thought, OK. All major plot points onto one page! I just saw other people do it, I can do too!


It was ELEVEN pages.  (5,000 words)

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