Weekly Dispatch: Writerly No-Fly Zones

Incremental progress and a question from a reader. ✨Plus✨ a request for some feedback.

Words Written: 784
Writing Streak: 15

This week began with some very low wordcount days due to some health issues I've been dealing with, but I seem to have turned a corner and my writing picked up momentum at the end of the week. Incremental progress is still progress.

I'm trying to wrap up chapter 5 while watching it balloon past 6k words, most of it dialogue. Unlike pages of dense prose, dialogue reads quickly, but I haven't been able to shake the sense that this conversation, for all its activity and revelations, drags on too long. But I suppose that's a matter best left for another draft.

Reader Mailbag

no-barbarians-here asked a fabulous question:

Is there anything you wouldn't do to a character or have a character do? Thinking of The Breaking, my impression is that you are a fearless writer, semperINTREPIDA :) You don't shy away from anything. Have you ever found your writerly no-fly zone?

I think I'd be willing to write whatever it takes to fulfill my intentions for a story. Granted, there are certain topics I'm not particularly interested in exploring. It's unlikely that I'd want to come up with, say, my own spin on "Lolita" for example. But unlikely doesn't mean never, and it would really depend on the story idea demanding my attention.

That said—and easily said at that!—no plans survive first contact with the enemy. (The "enemy" in this case being a public audience.)

Those of you who've been following my work for a while know that I'm staunchly against censorship. But even though I find the current fad of anti-/pro-ship discourse tiring and try my best to avoid it, I'd be lying if I said I'm not thinking about the ways my work might be perceived.

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