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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS 3: THE “PLOTTING UNDER PRESSURE” METHOD

On August 18th I challenged myself to actually do some of the writing exercises I’ve recommended to others. That led to one success and one failure. The last of them we’ll cover this week, as part of a series of … Continue reading

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DON’T BE HATIN’ ON PROLOGUES

In the current run of the online Worldbuilding course I teach for Writer’s Digest University, a couple of the student/authors mentioned a bias against prologues. But this wasn’t cast as a sort of “I think most people don’t like them,” … Continue reading

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EXERCISE ONE COMPLETE

Last week I challenged myself to actually do the writing exercises I’ve recommended for others. The first exercise combines two things: one I’ve already done (writing to an illustration, just not this illustration), and the other I haven’t attempted since … Continue reading

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TIME TO EXERCISE

A couple weeks ago, fed up by how crappy I felt, I started exercising again, and though I’ve ended up taking a few days off already, sidelined with a wicked summer cold, I’m committed to getting back to daily moderate … Continue reading

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MY BAD SHORT BAD BOOK

I sat on a panel at the Chuckanut Writer’s Conference and the moderator had a copy of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. She referenced the book a few times and recommended it, … Continue reading

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“EXACTLY” HOW LONG A CHAPTER SHOULD BE, PART 2

Last week I determined, using rigorous scientific methods, the precise number of words for a chapter, no more, and no less. This was based on medical evidence and a joke that was meant to say there is no perfect length … Continue reading

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“EXACTLY” HOW LONG A CHAPTER SHOULD BE

I’ve been looking at a lot of self-published books again lately, and not from clients but books that have already been published by people I don’t know. One of the things I’ve noticed is that a lot of these books … Continue reading

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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS, PART 1: A WORK IN PROGRESS FOR MY WORK IN PROGRESS

In an effort to actually make some progress on a fantasy novel I’ve way too often and for way too long described as my “work in progress,” I’ve been experimenting with some outlining ideas I’ve never used before. A lot … Continue reading

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DONE!*

* But, y’know, not really yet. This morning I finished a project that I’ve been working on for a long time, a deadline I’ve blown, and one I can’t really tell you anything specific about, and holy crap was I … Continue reading

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CATCHING UP WITH PHIL (AGAIN)

It’s late already for our regular Tuesday get-together, and all sorts of ideas for posts have been stacking up, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a sort of round-up of all the things that are going on with … Continue reading

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