Sep

27

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : September 27, 2011

 

Happy Birthday Quantum Storytelling!Six years ago today I started this blog. Many novels, movies, TV shows, and video games have been written and produced during that time. For my own part I have helped guide professional projects to market at the expense of some of my personal projects. Among those casualties; A novel, graphic novel, and screenplay.

The primary reason I stopped updating this blog was in respect to those project casualties. It didn’t seem sensible or fair to keep writing blog posts while my other writing projects languished in some dark musty basement of DNF sunk cost and procrastination.

With the game on store shelves, I am no longer haunted by the looming spectre of an unshipped giant, or feel the deceptive pull of that particular sunk cost. It is with some humor and humility I turn to a different kind of sunk cost; The sunk cost of my long abandoned writing projects, including this blog.

There were times when my interest in the craft and mechanics of writing as expressed through this blog were the sole spark to keep my writing projects alive, and as such I believe my self banishment from blogging may have been a mistake. Rather than competing for my other writing projects, this blog served in support and cathartic cooperation to the principles I was practicing in my craft. Any competition was merely for my time, and it was my own fault for not setting aside more of it.

Self-flagellation aside, it’s time to turn to the future; Writing projects, one of which is this blog.

The future begins with the right here and now.

Jun

20

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : June 20, 2008

How do you measure yourself against the competition? Do you strive to write better prose than the most popular author in your genre? Or are you working towards publishing as many stories as someone you admire? You can study the competition in many ways. One of them is to dissect their stories. Can you take apart the competition’s story, and put it back together again even better?

This last one fascinates me, and I’ll tell you why soon.

Who are your story competitors? And how do you choose to compete?

Jun

01

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : June 1, 2008

I love studying structure because…

Structures of which we are unaware hold us prisoner. Conversely, learning to see the structures within which we operate begins a process of freeing ourselves from previously unseen forces and ultimately mastering the ability to work with them and change them.

The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge

I found this in an organization/management book, but this universally applies to everything, including storytelling.