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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…

Waking Up

Waking up, book in hand, dreams of a story unwritten spinning around. Putting down a fresh bowl of water for the cat, she meows and brushes up for affection. Being a kitty family, the main social skill these days. Doing…

The meaning of Show don’t Tell

Focusing on the ‘me’ for a moment, I have learned and done so many things that have improved the trades, crafts, and my life in general, that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been involved with other people. It’s easy…

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