Monthly Archives: November 2011

Why the plot plan is needed in the middle of it all

The beginning of writing a book is full of energy. Inspiration, the freshness of creating a new story and the prospect of being published propels us to plunge headlong into our project. Later, when we’re weeks away from sending that … Continue reading

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You really don’t write that much

Back in the old days, when a single computer filled an entire room and horses were the preferred method of transportation, I had a word processor that had an indexer. The first time I used it, I did not eliminate … Continue reading

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Pain… I need more pain (so I can keep writing)

Nobody likes a happy writer. They sit in their fancy chair at their expensive desk and write like there’s no tomorrow. They’re happy with their lives, happy with their relationships and they’re even happy with what they write. Not me. … Continue reading

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sad days of the writer

They come too often. There are the lonely days of being alone, missing family gatherings, being blocked. Then there are the insecurities about our work and talent. There is the sadess that comes from the rejections. and then there are … Continue reading

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The Best Season for Writing

There is the spring. it’s a great time for writing. It is when stories peek out of the buds. Then there is summer. The heat brings special plots and warm memories that can be molded into ideas. Fall with its … Continue reading

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The four necessary elements of any page

Books written by the number can be incredibly stale. However, on any given page there should be four key ingredients in order for that page to be of interest to the reader. The placement of these ingredients is not crucial … Continue reading

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Is that a needed Technical description or a just a “data dump”

Writers often pride themselves on researching locations, weather, equipment and geographical descriptions. With Google earth we can drive down roads and explore the exterior storefronts, peer up cliffs and find a gap in the guard rail along that solitary road. … Continue reading

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Are Writers made or born?

Ah the nature versus nurture question. In my case it was a little of both. It wasn’t that I liked writing. Honestly, I don’t like working…on anything. I prefer relaxing and spending other people’s money. However, that career path is … Continue reading

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blog on Thanksgiving?

yes why? Because bloggers blog… just like writers write. Yes I got up early but was cooking and missed my early morning writing opportunity. But dinner is over and i’ve worked a little on the novel. I’m a little sleepy, … Continue reading

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Constant Contained Conflict (CCC) – The Holidays are a perfect example

The 3by3 Writing Method looks for CCC in every scene and every character. Forcing a group of diverse people with the only thing in common being they are related is a perfect example of CCC. Internal and interpersonal conflicts abound … Continue reading

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