7 Day Setting Design: Afterward

When I’m writing stories, I’m always thinking about how I can turn up the heat for the protagonists. The stakes have to rise slowly but steadily over the course of the story. Thing start off relatively easy, in line with their capabilities, and get harder until they reach a seemingly impossible task in the finale.…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 7

Today I’m faced with a decision. Because I started the day ahead, I could have cut my writing time in half. 4 or 5 word sprints of 1,000 words will put me across the finish line in terms of hitting the word count goal. It would also free me up to do some other work.…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 6

It is possible to have too much of a good thing. I’m enthusiastic about this project and I’m incredibly pleased with the progress that I’m making, but I fear over-saturation. I find myself wanting to write something else, just for the change. A few days ago the hour-long writing sprints allowed me to intersperse other…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 5

The interlude to my 7 Day Setting Design Challenge the other day got me thinking about the concept of cheat days. You know, the idea that when you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight, you should set aside one day a week where you can eat anything you want. No foods are off…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 4

Today started off well, and I credit taking a much-needed day off yesterday. I feel as if I’d slept most of the day, even when I was in the company of others. It’s worth noting this, because not getting proper rest has a heavy impact on both the quantity and quality of the work. Too…