The Writing Philosophy of Madeleine L’Engle.

I just recently finished reading a book of quotes from Madeleine L’Engle. Her children’s book A Wrinkle In Time had a huge impact on me as a kid, and was influential in the development of my love of writing and of Science Fiction. I found this quote book at a BYU Bookstore sale a couple of years ago, and never really got around to reading it until now. However, now was the right time to read it, as I’m thinking more and more seriously about developing myself as a fiction writer. Continue reading “The Writing Philosophy of Madeleine L’Engle.”

700 words and a few rambling thoughts (as usual)

I got in 700 words tonight, and that puts my novel right around 52,000 words. But the thing is that I don’t even know if it’s half finished–in fact, I get the feeling that it isn’t. I know that Andy said that this isn’t something I should worry about in the first draft, but I’m not so sure. How long is a typical novel? At this rate, the final one could be somewhere between 120,000 and 150,000. Am I going to spend most of my rewriting time just cutting stuff out? I don’t know. I guess I’m just a really wordy guy; I sometimes have this problem when I’m talking with people in person as well. Continue reading “700 words and a few rambling thoughts (as usual)”

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman — part two

One thing about this book that really stood out to me was how character driven it was. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Science Fiction thirty years ago was much less character driven than it is today. The lens of the main character was very thick in this story, and a lot of the time it reflected back on Mandella himself and his own thoughts and impressions of the things that happened to him. It was much less a story about space battles and society than on the immediate human impact of war. And unlike a lot of space adventure, it didn’t glorify it AT ALL. Neither did it censor or tone down the horror of it. You got to see the horror of it all–and sometimes the most horrifying thing was that Mandella could be so desensitized to the carnage and immorality. Continue reading “The Forever War by Joe Haldeman — part two”

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman — part one

I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t like this book when I first started it. In fact, after I got about 100 pages into it, I got disgusted and stopped reading it. But there were some things that just kept coming back into my mind, like the fascinating relativistic space battles and the basic premise: leaving the earth of the present for the earth of the future, only to find that the future isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and you can’t go home. After six months, these things bothered me so much that I decided to pick it up again and finish it, and I am VERY glad that I did! Continue reading “The Forever War by Joe Haldeman — part one”

1,302 words and a successful experiment

Between classes this morning, I was checking out the blogs I subscribe to and I read something really interesting about a correlation between creativity and exercise. I haven’t had time to read the original study yet, but I’ll browse over it when I get a chance. Basically, the study shows that Aerobic exercise increases creativity (not sure how they measured that) up to two hours after completing the exercise. Continue reading “1,302 words and a successful experiment”