The When of Plot Twists

Writing is a flow of information. Authors pick and choose which information the reader receives. He can reveal bits and pieces of the plot as the story unfolds. The audience takes these bits and uses their imaginations to fill the blanks. They make their own spin on the story.

On the other hand, an author can place a situation in front of the reader without explanation. This is a risky gamble. Showing a problem without a solution can be seen as lazy work, which alienates the audience. Using this technique allows an author to place the real twist later, making the situation complete in hindsight.

It’s all about building suspense. How the author does this, balancing the scales and controlling the information, makes or breaks the book. Many of my doubts concerning my stories revolve around what and when to reveal details to the readers. It’s also a source of a lot of fun.


Something Unexpected & Wonderful

Sorry guys, but no writing stuff today. My high school friend Erica Kearney is the executive director of the May Center School for Autism and just released a YouTube video detailing the service and dedication towards helping autistic students learn the skills they need to participate in the world. Here’s the youtube address for that video:

No Real Writing Today

I haven’t been writing a lot lately. I spent most of the last few days playing a video game called Tales of Vesperia. And binge-watching the Marvelous Ms. Maisel. All writers do this: no matter how much you want to write, the words don’t come. You hit a wall. It happens to everyone, and every person has a different way of beating it. Right now, for me, that’s filling my head with no-writing stuff. Hopefully, I’ll be better in a few days. That’s all I got today. Thanks for the upcoming “likes.”

Dead Planet

I’m taking a document that I shelved away back for more development. I originally put in a book that had no room at the time and that I found hard to world-build. But now I’m going back to this dead planet and see what I can do. This time I have some characters in mine to add in order to make it more robust. Kinda exciting to have all these ideas coming together. It’s the thrill of a story creating itself. Here’s hoping this will be a fruitful project.

Wrestling With a Dilemma

Mykel LeKym is a librarian living in a Middle Ages society. Middle-Age people wouldn’t understand things like time travel and other science fiction concepts. Middle Age people would condemn anything they do not understand and destroy it in the name of God. Yet Mykel doesn’t have that inclination.

I can make him the exception of the Middle-Age society. Or I could conceive of a world in an unstable state. Different parts of the world are in different eras. I could say this is part of an experiment on his home planet, that the bad guys are doing this intentionally. I could have one world in different environments, different eras.

I’m going to have to think about this very carefully. Wish me luck.

To You The Fans

It’s come to my attention that outside my replies for liking my posts, I haven’t really interacted with you, my followers and post-likers. I’m going to change that a bit. I’m going to give out one or two posts that have nothing to do about promoting, nothing to do about liking this or liking that. Just two people having an e-conversation. Thanks in advance and I’m looking forward to “talking” with you all.