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Word Choice

If you were so unlucky as to go through an initial manuscript of mine, you’d find all sorts of things like word[think of cool word later] (in Scrivener, word gets highlighted with a specific color). The word is a placeholder … Continue reading

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Roadmap

With some help from a couple of sources, mainly the Writing Excuses podcast, I have a much better outline and roadmap for the book. Still shuffling around beats, pinches, and payoffs.  

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Update

The book is still only about a quarter done, but at least the outline has survived mostly intact – I need to do more with it, since I need a better roadmap. Voice revision is the main thing I’m looking … Continue reading

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Idea

The ‘Idea Notebook’ is a critical thing to keep. You never know when you’ll get a cool idea. This is what I like to call The Idea Cascade.   Today I was browsing the latest entries to the 5E Homebrew … Continue reading

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Trade

A good chunk of the day was doing some worldbuilding on interstellar trade in a universe where maker/fabber tech is a big thing. I think I’m at the conclusion that we’d be shipping really big things that worlds could not … Continue reading

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The Track

Things are, as they say, back on track. I set the book down to do a short story, and blew through that in six hours, at a rate of about 1,000 words an hour. I’ve never done that before. It … Continue reading

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Snip

So far the solution to most of my plot, characterization, pacing problems has been ‘cut this whole section out and it all flows much better’. I think so far I’ve cut more than I’ve kept

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Character

The key to creating better plots rests in a deeper understanding of character. — Kristen Lamb, quote from Great Characters–The Beating Heart of Great Fiction So, I’ve been going back to square one to make sure I have a better idea … Continue reading

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Twisty

Devious wimmins have helped me solve my plotting problem. You’ll be in the dedication. Now I just need to fill in with werdz.

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Lines

Advanced the outline a little and started to fill in some of the spots where I have the equivalent of ‘and then a miracle occurs’. I decided to emulate Howard Tayler and just use ‘Mayhem’ instead of ‘miracle’.

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