READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

The Writer's Journey (cover) by Christopher Vogler.I’ve had this one on my list for awhile, and was on the Toronto Public Library Hold list for what seems like even longer (though the magic of actually pulling that one off is currently beyond me); needless to say I’ve been rather hyped to finally dive into The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. And after three weeks with this sought after title (seriously, the Holds list is looooonnng) all I can find myself capable of saying is, “Yeah, it’s there. I guess?”

As someone super into the idea of the monomyth and the all-encompassing power and reach of the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, you would think this book would be totally my jam, and in one very important (and damaging) sense—it is. Continue reading “READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler”

CC.017.L.2 – Don’t Spook the Knitting Trees

I think this section has been written three different times. Still, it was the one thing I knew was on my list (though the reason why has long been lost to the Unwritten Annals of Time) to complete when we started the Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat, so that’s what I did! And here it is for you, dear reader, to peruse and enjoy. It was a good way to ease into the week. It had been awhile since I gave ye olde Creative Writing juices a good go, and this set me up for a positively effective week.

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PLAY 003 | Day 5: A Daunting Task…Done.

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 5:
Saturday February 17, 2018

Section: CC.043
Time Spent Writing: ~1 hour
Number of Words: 939

As James keeps saying, “I could write more—but I don’t need to!” I understand the sentiment. We have both agreed that the speed at which we have barrelled through our remaining sections this week has kept our usual verbosity when writing prose to a minimum. Which has forced us to get to the point. How will that compare to our early sections when it comes time to Edit? We shall see!

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PLAY 003 | Day 4: “Hey Luke… We just climaxed!”

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 4:
Friday February 16, 2018

Section: CC.038, CC.039
Time Spent Writing: ~4 hours
Number of Words: 2,758

…wow. Did that just happen?

James is shaking, he’s so excited. Together, across two different sections… We just finished writing the first draft climax of Charlotte’s Journey.

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PLAY 003 | Day 3: Three… Two.. One… Jump!

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 3:
Thursday February 15, 2018

Section: CC.035 (additions), CC.036
Time Spent Writing: ~3 hours (maybe? I kind of lost track of time…)
Number of Words: 2,769 (nice!)

Writing is weird. Today, I made four people fight. They had no real choice in the matter, they just had to hit, get hit, and do what I said. (Poor Raul! I owe that guy a beer…)

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PLAY 003 | Day 2: One Lost Egg

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 2:
Wednesday February 14, 2018

Section: CC.028, CC.035 (all new, baby!)
Time Spent Writing: ~3 hours
Number of Words: 2,735

After successfully sleeping in to 11AM, I awoke to an empty house (save for the cat); James was away to work, and I—after a disastrous attempt to make breakfast (R.I.P. egg I dropped)—set out to accomplish my own tasks!

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PLAY 003 | Day 1: Getting Into It

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 1:
Tuesday February 13, 2018

Section: CC.017 (again), CC.031 (correction)
Time Spent Writing: 2 hours
Number of Words: 2,118

I arrived in Wiarton around 12:30PM, providing the Secret Geek Signal to gain access to The Cottage (aka James’ home). I was instantly at ease amid the LEGO, lightsabres, and copious books. I offered James a hearty hello, and we sat and chatted, as two old friends do. Continue reading “PLAY 003 | Day 1: Getting Into It”

PLAY 003: Finish It

“Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.” — Neil Gaiman

I have these words written in black Sharpie on a Post-It note I taped to an external hard drive that sits on my desk. This note to myself has been there for long enough that I forget when I first taped it up. It sits there, ever the chill reminder, that my singular goal as a writer is to finish. Continue reading “PLAY 003: Finish It”

Someone You Are Not: Developing Diverse Characters

“I had wanted to play with Taako’s sexuality … not in a way that was like, particularly prominent in the story, but, in my mind, when I was doing the character and had Taako’s story in my head, Taako was a gay guy. And I don’t know why, that’s just how it always seemed to me.”

—Justin McElroy, The The Adventure Zone Zone 2016

On The Adventure Zone—a Dungeons & Dragons podcast created by the McElroy brothers of My Brother My Brother and Me podcast fame—Justin McElroy plays as the fan favourite Taako, an elf wizard/chef of immense power that’s, “good out here.”

In canon, Taako is gay. IRL, Justin identifies as straight. This is a fundamental lived experience that Justin the person does not share with Justin the character (“Taako”).* Continue reading “Someone You Are Not: Developing Diverse Characters”