2019 Clarion West Write-a-thon Finished

My goal of designing another short story and beginning the writing of it has been met with the completion of the design of my Sten and Spice story and the beginning of the writing of the story.

Everything I’ve written recently has had a single point-of-view character. This story has two. The story is actually two stories that touch multiple times as the plot progresses. Conflict occurs between the two characters at those moments when the characters interact, but also, between the moments when the stories touch, the characters experience conflict with others who don’t like what they’re doing during those moments when the two characters are interacting. Ultimately, it all comes crashing down at the end.

This story is fun, but it is a considerable challenge.

Image showing two plot lines bouncing off each other multiple times with a boing sound finally ending with a splat.
Visual representation
of the plot of my Sten and Spice story.

2019 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Again this year, I’m participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon.

This year the Write-a-thon corresponds with me beginning a new short story. I’m in the design phase. As I began structuring the story’s plot and character change arcs, I realized I needed more details in the back-stories of the world and its characters. First step became defining a clear timeline for past events so all of the stories that occur in this story world flow logically.

While I’m improving my writing craft skills, I’m having fun and I’m learning.

The Write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writers Workshop. If you wish to donate to Clarion West in my name, go to my Clarion West Write-a-thon writer’s page and click on the Sponsor Lester D. Crawford button.

https://www.clarionwest.org/members/lesterdcrawford/

Clarion West Write-a-thon Badge
Clarion West Write-a-thon

2018 Clarion West Write-a-thon Finished

For this year’s Clarion West Write-a-thon, I worked on my short story skills. One story is in the submission phase looking for a market to call home. A draft of a second story is finished and is now being edited. The story is slightly long for my target markets, but with some work, it will be made right. After editing, my Alpha and Beta Readers will look at it and their suggestions will be applied as appropriate. Then it will begin its submission phase.

Word Cloud and Pages for draft of You and I will Change the World

Word Cloud and Pages for draft of You and I will Change the World

2018 Clarion West Write-a-thon

This year I’m again participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon. My goal is to practice my writing craft skills on a series of short stories.

The Write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writers Workshop. If you wish to donate to Clarion West in my name, go to my writer’s page and click on the Sponsor Lester D. Crawford button.

(You can also read an excerpt from my current short story project on that page.)

https://www.clarionwest.org/members/lesterdcrawford/
Clarion West Write-a-thon Badge

2017 Clarion West Write-a-thon Finished

For my 2017 Clarion West Write-a-thon goal, I finished the chapters that let up to the plot point half way through the second half of act two. When I reviewed the outline and reread the previous draft of the last quarter of act two, I was excited, but decided it needed improvements.

In this part of the story, a new character arrives to sow destruction that hits the protagonist at the darkest moment at the end of act two. The character achieves this by moving through a change arc from being sweet and innocent to being wicked and malicious.

Since I worked on the previous draft, I have gained a better understanding of the protagonist’s Lie versus the Truth and how at the midpoint he began trying to change himself. As this new character’s actions challenge him, the wrong path becomes tempting again causing him to struggle to stay on the path he knows is the right one.

I will control the flow in this sequence by using story structure and a character change arc for the new character, in a sense treating it as a standalone story. This will bond the last quarter of the second act in to a coherent theme.

This will be fun.

Character Dimensions, Story Structure, Mind Map, Outline

Character Dimensions, Story Structure, Mind Map, Outline

2017 Clarion West Write-a-thon

I’m using my on-going writing efforts for my participation in this summer’s Clarion West Write-a-thon. My goal is to finish my current work’s second act hitting and passing the story’s darkest moment as I move into the third act.

The write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a nonprofit literary organization based in Seattle, Washington, USA, with a mission to improve speculative fiction by providing high quality education to writers at the start of their careers.

You may sponsor me by donating to Clarion West. On the Lester D. Crawford Clarion West Write-a-thon profile page, select the “Sponsor Lester D. Crawford” button.

2016 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Again this year, I am participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon. My goal is to complete drafts of the next two chapters of The Dragon Universe Book 5.

The write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a nonprofit literary organization based in Seattle, Washington, USA, with a mission to improve speculative fiction by providing high quality education to writers at the start of their careers.

You may sponsor me by donating to Clarion West in my name on my profile page on the Clarion West web site by clicking on the “Sponsor Lester D. Crawford” button. As a reward for considering donating, my profile contains an excerpt from The Dragon Universe Book 5.

2015 Clarion West Write-a-thon Goals Meet

My goals for the 2015 11th Annual Clarion West Write-a-thon was to complete drafts of chapters 14 and 15 of “Buddy Journey,” book 4 of The Dragon Universe series, and to create a mind map and outline for a novelette, or possibly novella, but probably too long for a short story, of the Risirid (characters in The Dragon Universe) survivors’ origin story that focuses on Patriarch’s contribution to that survival and subsequent prosperity.

I met my goals.

Clarion West Write-a-thon Goals Meet

Buddy Journey Chapters 14 and 15, and Mind Map and Outline for Patriarch’s Story

2015 Clarion West Write-a-thon

I am participating in the 2015 11th Annual Clarion West Write-a-thon.

My goal is to complete drafts of chapters 14 and 15 of “Buddy Journey,” book 4 of The Dragon Universe series, and to create a mind map and outline for a novelette, or possibly novella, but probably too long for a short story, of the Risirid (characters in The Dragon Universe) survivors’ origin story that focuses on Patriarch’s contribution to that survival and subsequent prosperity.

The write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a nonprofit literary organization based in Seattle, Washington, with a mission to improve speculative fiction by providing high quality education to writers at the start of their careers.

You may sponsor me by donating in my name at www.clarionwest.org/members/lesterdcrawford/