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Animal Characters

Finally figured out how to use my animal characters in the story. There are four so far. Two intelligence assets mice, a pelt cat for Penn’s personal protection, and a genetic construct avian for the monastery on PreShih Tzu. It…

Staying on Point

For me, editing is really hard work. Seeing the story and realizing what needs to change. Using checklists for things that you can. Force yourself to actually not check off each item until it has actually been checked. Doing the…

Creating Scenes within Scenes

Writing along creating a scene, the flow gets going. The setting is vivid, the characters are talking and thinking, doing things. The tension builds and pretty soon you have something that you are happy with. The readers will be able…

Simple isn’t always

Simple’s allure grabs you. One word leads you to shorter sentences, words, and thoughts. Easier to understand writing leads to bigger potential audiences. Simple better. Everything else not so much. John bought a Ford F-150. Buying it made him happy.…

Books as References from your Genre

Hmm, I am noticing that the books from my sub-genre, that I am using as guides to answers about writing questions, spend a lot more time in the MC’s heads, on the environment around them, and in conversation than I…

Learning to Write and Live

Learning to write is a process, slow at times and sudden leaps forward at others. It is kind of like learning to live and take care of yourself long term. Lots of things hold you back and mess with your…

Books as Writing Bibles

Using books very similar to yours from your sub-genre to make decisions about writing Chapter after Chapter’s idea of using 3 or 4 books as your bibles to make decide how and when to end chapters, how big of a…

Reading A Good Book Helps You Write

Haven’t been writing the past three weeks. The diagnosis of cancer has finally settled in. Have been two support group meetings, one in Tacoma and one in Centralia. Met with a guy from the Centralia group yesterday for a couple…

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