Writer Workshop April 8th, 2015

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!


2 thoughts on “Writer Workshop April 8th, 2015

  1. alexseanchai April 8, 2015 at 10:43 am


    okay, lots of that is I’m being eaten alive by work right now, which leaves me no brain to contemplate story, never mind write story. but still.

  2. christhecynic April 9, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I finally got to the part of Being more than a Simulacrum where the clone gets her finalized name. (Said part is here.) Mind you since it’s been about a year since I started (much less in-story time) I’m stuck firmly thinking of her as her placeholder name (Place) so … that’ll be interesting.

    It also involved a problem that I have of being bad at handling multiple characters in the same place at the same time. Two characters, fine. Three, not so bad. Five characters and I risk having it seem like one more of them aren’t even there because it’s too many people in one place at one time and how can I honestly be expected to have them all contribute to the scene?

    (The creators of the movie Ocean’s Eleven –the Clooney one, not the Sinatra one– had to count the pages of the script since a character was last on screen in order to make sure they didn’t leave anyone out.)

    This was sort of lowest difficulty, though, because the twins (Jim and Tim) are almost one character and James basically stays behind the newspaper he’s reading unless it’s to be concerned about boys*. Even so, writing it had me worrying that I’d be screwing up the multiple characters at one time thing.

    I’m just not good at group dynamics. I don’t think this scene really suffered (see previous paragraph about low difficulty setting) but I’m very aware that this is a problem I have.

    * The character of James Possible suffers from being an example of a lot of the same stereotypes as Charlie Swan. So we get him as disinterested except when it comes to the sacred duty of hymen-protector.

    Also, at least once, they threw in a strong dose of “I refuse to acknowledge my daughter is no longer a small child,” which is particularly weird for James because he regularly is ok with Kim going off and facing dangers that police forces cannot cope with.

    On the up side, he’s an absent minded rocket scientist who once built battle armor for a lab rat because he thought it shouldn’t have to run around in a maze if it didn’t want to. So that can take some of the edge off.

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