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Going Back to Basics

I want to improve my writing. Nothing fancy. Better flow. Be more interesting. Good pacing. Vivid characters. Intriguing plot. For the moment, I have stopped bringing my work to critiques. I am not editing as I write. I am carefully…

Life

Good things happen and bad. You get busy and don’t take care of what you need to. Whether it is writing or the people around you. If you want to actually take care of things, you need a plan, and…

When You Are Stuck

There are all kinds of things you can try. I have written about some of them before. The one that usually works when nothing else does are pictures. I go back through some of my old photos and sooner or…

Try, Try, Again

Just read a great article in Inc. magazine about Jobs and Wozniak. I’m not a great fan of them but the article reinforces a number of things that I have learned.  And if it isn’t true, I’m in trouble because…

The Daily

Take the cat to the vet, run to the grocery store, stop by the library and return a book, deal with the irrigating, work on the tractor, make breakfast, do the dishes, do the daily cat chores (litter box, food,…

Obvious

At critique last night, several pieces had things that were obvious to the writer but left the reader confused or at least not seeing what the author did. It doesn’t solve all examples of lack of obviousness but showing sure…

Points of View

I was involved in an interesting conversation on points of view. The more salient points involved combining first and third, limited and omniscient. It turns out that what I like is 3rd person omniscient, treated like limited most of the…

Chapter Opening Scene Re-writes

For the opening scene of the 3rd chapter of my WIP novella, I wrote it three different ways. I used different character points of view, heavy on the narration, world-building, heavy on the dialog and action, and the last heavy…

SciFi-Fantasy Worldbuilding

Using worldbuilding to develop the characters and advance the story takes more work than I thought. Who and what the characters are and what drives them is often determined by their surroundings. It doesn’t just add flavor and uniqueness to…

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