I finished the first draft of my first novel, which I'm really fucking glad to put away for a while so I can work on something different. I lost a lot of steam there near the end.
I'm not really big on outlining; to me, it always feels like I'm trying to revise before I've even written anything. George Saunders has a really good analogy where he compares outlining to bringing notecards on a first date. 12:45: Ask her about her parents. 1:00: Kiss her goodbye. It just feels really disingenuous when you could just let the whole thing happen naturally and re-evaluate it later in the editing process.
Tangential opinions of the writing process aside, for the new idea I have, there might be a pretty lengthy senquence that takes place in the 1960'…Read more >
A year ago, my high school made the national news. I'm not going to say where I go to school, but if you really wanted to, I'm sure you could find out through a quick Google search. Fuck anonymity. I want to write about this.
My home state was one of the states that fought for the losing side of the Civil War. While the Confederates' libertarian attitude was admirable, they were, ultimately, fighting for the right to own other human beings. And that's just not okay.
I don't care what the Confederate flag means to you. For one person, it could be a symbol of family and tenacity. For another, it could be a symbol of hatred and opression. That's the flag's job as a symbol; it can have many different interpretations.
For me, when you make the Co…Read more >
Lately I've been having that sensation that crawls from the pit of your stomach and up into your throat; that feeling of open-eyed terror you get when you're a little kid and you just found out that you're in big trouble.
I'm a junior in high school. My GPA is exactly a 3.
Like five or six years ago, I decided what I really wanted to do was be a writer. I, like any other self respecting 11-year-old, wrote fan fiction. Not a lot of it, just, like, 24 pages. A Slenderman story. It's embarrassing, but eveyone has to start somewhere.
Anyway, I remember showing it to my parents. I remember their looks of feigned delight, like I was a cat who dragged a dead bird in from the rose garden and placed it lovingly at their feet. I remember them reading i…Read more >
I was recently watching an episode of this neat YouTube series called This Exists. It digs up obscure pop culture oddities and presents them in video format. If you have the time, I highly reccomend you check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnc8DxbEb6rzOCk3vea8wrw.
The most recent episode was about Britain's unintentionally eerie PSAs during the 1970s and 1980s. The episode made a passing reference to a 1973 short film called "The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water." Something about it caught my eye, so I typed it into the YouTube search bar. Sure enough, it came up as the first result.
The video depicts a hooded man standing in the midle of a pond, saying to be "the spirit of dark and lonely water." I won't go into detail, as I wan…Read more >
I just finished reading Mr. Stephen King's collection of short stories called "Just After Sunset." There were a lot of interesting stories in there, but probably my favorite was this one called "The Cat From Hell." It's about this hitman who is hired by a rich old guy to kill a cat who is suspected to be possessed, or just evil.
It has a really unique premise and outcome, and now that I think about it, it's probably one of the best short stories I've ever read.
So this got me thinking: What's the most unique story you've ever read? It doesn't have to be a short story, it can be a novella, a book, even a magazine article. As long as it's fictional.Read more >