Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why the 3by3 Writing Method is a little like NaNoWriMo

There are several similarities between the 3by3 Writing Method and NaNo. First is the dedication. Certainly to finish a novel in month, concentration and focus are required. The first part of the 3by3 Writing Method is a dedicated, daily time … Continue reading

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Perfection is four letter word (but who’s counting)

If you want to get religious, there is only one who is perfect. If you want to be realistic, humans and all their endeavors are flawed. So, get over it. You and your book are far from perfect. But knowing … Continue reading

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That glorious day when your book is available takes planning

That glorious day when your book is available for all to purchase There’s no feeling like it. Years of work. Revisions, edits, holding onto scenes, cutting others and then, finally it happens. It doesn’t matter if it’s a traditional publisher, … Continue reading

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The Rewrite – A path to greatness

First draft is tough. Plotting, conflict, character development and endings all present a daunting challenge. Now the rewrite. Here is where the real inspiration comes in. It takes courage to cut superfluous and redundant dialogue as the word count shrinks. … Continue reading

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The loneliness of being a writer

It comes with the keyboard. It is a solitary process that few non-artists truly understand. This is why one of the major parts of the 3by3 writing method is networking. Not every connection will bring an agent, publishing contract or … Continue reading

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When you just don’t wanna

Ya don’t wanna get up, its too warm under the covers. Ya don’t wanna write that tender love scene cause you’re angry at him. Ya don’t wanna face another day on chapter five. Ya don’t wanna cause you had WAY … Continue reading

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So you want to be a famous author?

Be careful of what you wish for. Not only will you be at the end of a long line of applicants, here’s a reminder: fame is a hard check to cash. Unless you’re playboy material, have a day job or … Continue reading

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Not always brilliant, your writing is

Yoda grammar. But it is true, There are days when your paragraphs just sing and dance in front or your eyes. Then there are days they seem flat and lifeless. But this is no reason to break stride or lament … Continue reading

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Minor characters are not Guy #1

In the movie Galaxy Quest there is a character with no name convinced he was going to die because the extra person on any exploration was killed by an alien. One should be careful not to throw away background characters. … Continue reading

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The Guilt and shame of it all – when you fail to write or just fail

There are times when an everyday writing routine is unavoidably stopped. It could be that seventieth rejection letter that stops you in your creative tracks. It might be an illness that derails your routine. Death of a loved one, a … Continue reading

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