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Yesterday I walked for two hours and twenty minutes. That's about the time it takes a competitive marathon runner for 26 miles. No, I didn't walk 26 miles, but I did walk eight miles, and the pace of 3.4 miles per hour is brisk. Along the way, I learned a few valuable things, which I'll get to...
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Creative Writing 101
Last year I blogged about a sequel I wrote to my favorite book by my favorite author. He never "exactly" wrote sequels, never did for his earlier work, and he died in 1988. I'd always wanted a sequel to a few of his books written in the 50s, particularly "Citizen of the Galaxy". So, last...
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Creative Writing 101
As much as I've studied to fine tune my writing over the last many years, I don't stop. Obviously, I don't run into as many new tips as I used to, but when I do I take them seriously. One I ran into several weeks ago is to take "estimates" out of fiction. Instead of writing "Sally stood about...
After a long several days of edits on my first read through, proofreading with my app, and then additional adjustments after I took the manuscript from Scrivener to Word, I have a manuscript fit for others to see. There might be a few typos left, but I try to get it down to what I've read are NY...
I've been at a sticking point in my WIP for a couple of days now. I'm near the end of the novel (98K words of a planned approximately 100K). * I've just wrapped up three subplots. * I have two minor plot points I might address, or I might touch on them and leave their resolution for a...
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We've been having a raging debate in the Tips and Tricks Forum about "Smiles in Writing". It started as complaint by Foxee about an author who wrote a weird scene about a character smiling a lot where it didn't seem to fit. Foxee's post and a few which followed were tongue in cheek, but of...
Most of my blogs have been about works in progress, and while on vacation last week, I did a little writing on my current. Then I stopped, because I found I had not managed to copy my latest spreadsheet of characters to my notebook, didn't want to recreate it, and needed it for my next scene. So...
I'm writing a tale of mystery and intrigue ... and quite a bit of murder. Here's how things happen when I write. My hero's side is trying to make progress on who's murdering his associates. The associates are beings who used to be Greek gods, so they have some advantages. The nominal leader of...
My intended next project (which I've discussed previously) is one between two factions at odds, lots of characters, hopefully lots of intrigue, and a mystery. My idea for the book got more ambitious after I'd already written almost three chapters in first person. So I decided to read (for the...
Time moves quickly, it seems, in the COVID days. Things that seemed to happen days ago sometimes turn out to be weeks ago. For the last month I've been busy with business, which involves writing web applications and other software, and that's a good thing. I need something to support the...
In the last blog, I reported that a member of the board of directors of the original author's foundation asked, when I offered, for an epub of my manuscript. This was a big step, and a nervous one. I had the audacity to try to follow a renowned author in his field, and to write a sequel which...
I just moved on in "the next step" for the sequel I can probably never publish ... but that doesn't mean I'm not going to explore it. I contacted someone who might carry some weight with the agency in charge of the author's estate. At least if he likes the book and would give me a letter of...
Yesterday I noted I thought I might rework the ending of my work just completed, and so I took on that task. I had two villians with close ties, and they both died in the last chapter. Both deaths were "off camera", and both were unexplained, though with inference as to what caused them. I...
In Robert Heinlein's five rules for writing, he proclaimed: Rule One: You Must Write. ... Rule Two: Finish What You Start. ... Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order. ... Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market. ... Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the...
I spent much of the day wasting my time to discover that I have very low regard for Pro Writing Aid, as detailed in a post in Writing Discussion. I loaded both the novel I wrote a sequel to, and my novel, fully analyzed both, and compared the results. The original is better than mine, and I...
If you're new to my blogs, in the last few weeks I wrote a sequel to a famous author's work. He passed away long ago, and I've always wanted a sequel to that story. So I finally decided to write one myself. I may never get permission to publish, but it's been a lot of fun, and I learned a lot...
I'm going to end the suspense early: I selected Scrivener. (I'm also going to post this in the Forums at PiP's request). So what made the difference for me? yWriter pluses: Very organized set of forms for things like Chapters, Scenes, Characters, Locations, Items ... Good inter-relation...
Having finished a read of the original novel in its 1957 magazine series yesterday, I decided to move straight into another read of my sequel to it. I had not done exactly that before. I reread the novel as I wrote the sequel, then read the sequel once I finished that read of the original, but...
Since I made no progress on new work today, not even my series of aborted attempts to start the Scrivener tutorial (getting the idea I'm not really enthusiastic about tutorials?), I thought I'd talk about a trauma from my youth. Before we begin that, I did finish the magazine series of my...
I started out the day doing some programming on the new system my partner sold, then had to put it away until he gets a few answers from the client on details I need to proceed. (I should have this in the poetry section). Intent on finally getting to the Scrivener tutorial, I watched as our...

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