So the blog has been long dormant, but since what’s old is new again, I thought I would try to resuscitate it as a means of keeping tabs. If you’re new here: Hello there! My name is Brian Hugenbruch. I write things. I hope you’re here because you like to read things; if so, I … More Year in Writing (2019)
A new story of mine has just gone online at Syntax & Salt: https://syntaxandsalt.com/2020/01/01/so-you-want-to-eat-an-omnalik-starfish-by-brian-hugenbruch/ I don’t usually do flash fiction, but this one came together pretty quickly, and I hope you enjoy it. (The other stories in this issue are pretty fantastic–do check them out as well!)
I haven’t done a “the year in writing” post in previous years, mostly, because those years have mostly been the same: “wrote a fair number of words, and not much else happened.” I was either not writing enough, or not submitting enough. Despite my participation in NaNoWriMo approaching legal US driving age, my word counts … More 2018 Writing Progress Bar
I’ve been a novel-writer for as along as I can remember. I devoured fantasy books as a kid, even in kindergarten. It wasn’t an uncommon weekend where I’d knock off a 300-page book. (Took slightly longer when Robert Jordan reinvented the genre as doorstops.) So when I made the leap from reader to writer, from … More The compression of time.
The question caught me off-guard. I’d been practicing the craft of writing for nearly thirty years at that point. I’d started thirteen manuscripts. Finished ten. Had approached nearly a million words committed to page. And yet: no one had asked that question of me before. Least of all, me. What kind of writer do you … More What kind of writer do you want to be?
In my years as a writer, I’ve written stories and novels on: Construction paper Notebook paper Post-it notes and index cards X386 spreadsheets DOS word processing programs Notepad and Wordpad Raw HTML (see Notepad) Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Apple Pages But my Twitter feed remains agog with tools like Scrivener and similar — programs designed for … More I’d prefer not to. (The Scrivening.)
I’m a little late in putting this together. 2017 has been Interesting Times (as it has been for everyone). Still, I’m taking a moment in between literary marathons to take a look back at the landscape. Figure out what I did, how it turned out, and a rough sketch of where I’m going. (Some of … More 2016 (The Year in Writing)
After doing National Novel Writing Month as many times1 as I have to date, one starts to pick up on a few similarities and tricks from year to year that help with the goals. Not the word-count goal; that’s the easy part. If you really want to ensure that you validate at fifty thousand words, … More NaNoWriMo Prep (the All-Plotz Version)
I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month for 14 years now. I find it to be a worthwhile exercise–while 50,000 words isn’t anywhere near a true novel in length, and I don’t wind up with a workable “zero1 draft” every year, it still allows me to infodump a lot of words without second-guessing or fear. … More NaNoWriMo Prep (the ‘No Prep’ edition)
I finished my first novel at the tender age of 14. A fantasy novel parked at 75,000 words. And the question naturally became, “Well, what do I do with this thing?” I’d shown it to family and friends, who either read enthusiastically or kindly, and it seemed to be reasonable enough to see what would … More The Quarter-Century Bandage.