Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Beach of Bones

This is a real place; I walked it while I was out of town earlier this week. It was begging to end up immortalized in one of my stories somewhere, so I let Lian have it, and she went to a few places I hadn’t considered when I was taking that walk. At least, that [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Beyond Reproach

Because of one of my library’s last batch of books, I was thinking about unwritten rules today. One of my works in progress gets most of her characterization from her society’s unwritten rules and her ability to use them to her advantage: these are the principles from which she operates.
There is a kind of person [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: They and Their Weapons

I operate in worlds that do take the time to think about the relationship between a person and her favored weapon, but even with the characters for whom it’s significant, I operate more on character instinct than on understanding how it works. Tonight was as good a night as any to look for specifics.
Tuyet never [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Surfeit

She had had quite enough of needing help.
Sure, it was justifiable. Acquiring the interest of very large, very scary things tended to do that. There was a point past which the amount of self-defense training she’d managed to shoehorn in around things that seemed more relevant if she was justifying them to her superiors and [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Kes and Fear

Going back to fear reactions for this week’s post; they’re usually good for some exploration. Today I’m going to look at my old long-runner, the demon hunter Kestrel.
It’s not that Kes isn’t afraid. She takes the battlefield against things that would probably be able to kill her if she ever let them get within striking [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Dreaming of…

I know which character this came from, but where the idea came from is anyone’s guess.
A year after she gave up home, she gave up her dreams of it. Forced to cast aside the old identity, she had done so not by simple rejection and association retraining, but with a series of mental gymnastics that [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: The Comforts of Home

Because one day, Layana’s GM is going to need to know what this place looks like, even if the original doesn’t exist anymore.
Her safest place is built in the trees. Hers is the room at the heart of the tree—whether because her family liked light more than she did, or because their rooms could [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Iceberg

Another location revisited in honor of RPG Blog Carnival. I can’t even remember how long ago I used this place—just that I designed it as a clearly magical location, that the iceberg is itself an internally complex building, and that the group had been almost beaten there by a crowd of old rivals. And that [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: Snowfall

For this month, in honor of this month’s RPG Blog Carnival, I’m focusing my writing exercises on locations, particularly the descriptions thereof. Or at least, such was the plan. This one got away from me a little, focusing not so much on the place itself as on the mood and on the weather—a fair deal, [...]

Wednesday Night Writing Exercise: What Aus Sees in Them

Tonight’s exercise is a “What do you see in these people?” riff featuring Aus, my current primary D&D character and general source of confusion and frustration—or at least, featuring her opinions on the oddballs with whom she investigates cults, saves cities, and occasionally chases random children through crowded cities. One of the things I found [...]