The most basic structure for a story is the three-act rising-action-to-climax. They teach it in high school. It works because it hits the beats that conform to emotional expectations that people have. But it’s not the only structure that can be. I mentioned earlier this week when I finally got Chapter XII finished that it … More On the Fourth Act
And it’s longer than any other chapter. I gave thought to cutting it off but decided against it. I’ve honestly felt inadequate to this the whole time I was writing it. But I kept on. Even if it was only 200 words a night. Now for the wrapping up/fourth act.
I read this when in high school and it made a very small effect on me. I liked it, but it’s slog through the awareness of a Union private undergoing his first battle seemed very small-potatoes to me, a snail-eyed view of an epoch-defining conflict. The Red Badge of Courage seemed to reduce the entire Civil … More The Sword Inspiration Pieces: The Red Badge of Courage
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London So I finally finished Chapter 11 of The Sword over the weekend. For a transitional chapter, this one took forever. I’m not sure if the culprit that dragged it out over so many weeks was a loss of confidence in my … More Writer’s Block, Resistance, and the Grind
This being the anniversary of Fort Sumter, I thought it useful to blog a bit about a topic near to the heart of The Sword. The nature of battles – the typical maneuvers used and paths to victory – changed very little from the time of Alexander to the time of Napoleon. Some have gone so … More Why Civil War Battles Were Fought That Way
Managed to get through Chapter Ten of The Sword yesterday. That’s three chapters finished this week. Progress = solid. Right now, cleaning up some things for the next issue of Unnamed Journal. Then, back to the grind. In the meantime, here’s a review of Ready Player One that pretty well confirms my expectations. The overwhelming majority of … More Just a Quick Update…
I just finished a reread of Conrad’s novella. As with all retreads, it went faster than with the first time. And as with all rereads of this particular work, I stopped comparing it to Apocalypse Now as much (still heard “The End” in my head near the final act). My purpose was to absorb the … More The Sword Inspiration Pieces: Heart of Darkness