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If It Be Not Now…

I asked Sam Starbuck this question a while ago and here’s the answer.

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One of the questions I was asked, back when I was soliciting for essay topics, was this:

Something I like to ask all writers is how do they get ready to write. Do you do a lot of research first? Create an outline, if so, how detailed? Do you use index cards? A white board? Or, do you get an idea and run with it, flying by the seat of your pants? How much of your process is done with actual paper and pencil and how much on the computer?

(Thank you Evaine at livejournal for the question!)

It made me think of a Hamlet quote taken badly out of context:

If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. — Hamlet V.ii

Hamlet’s basically raving there, but as ever, he knows a hawk from a handsaw, and there’s a grain of truth in it. Readiness usually…

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Heidi gives good info! 🙂 I would be first in line to take her class, let me tell you! And I don’t want to lose this, so I’m reblogging it. 🙂

The Amazon Iowan

This is basically an introduction to a course I’ve wanted to teach for a long time, and it seems appropriate to post it as we approach National Novel Writing Month. I acknowledge this is a huge topic boiled down to three thousand summary words, but hopefully it’s still of some value. And maybe someday I will teach this class.

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We’ve all heard the story about agents and editors reading the first paragraph of a submission and rejecting it immediately. It’s a true tale, but it’s not the most important one. A much bigger problem for authors is that readers use this rejection tactic too. You think getting an agent or editor is tough? Ain’t nothing, baby, on snagging a loyal reader. What makes editors, agents, and readers toss your work away? Odds are pretty good you lost them with pacing.

Pacing is the rhythm, the beat, the forward pulse…

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Lunchbag Letdown

So I’m reading a book that I’d been looking forward to reading for a while now.   It’s written by an author that I follow on Twitter and I quite enjoy her take on life and way of putting things.  But the terrible thing?  The book is not very good.  *sigh*    The main female character is perfect.  I mean, she’s got no flaws – do you know anyone who has not a single flaw?  And making her OCDish about her work is not a flaw.  There are two main male characters – yes, it’s e menage novel – and they are two typical hero types, one smooth and urbane, the other rough and more blue collar.  It’s just …  *sigh*  I wanted to love this book, but it’s not happening.

Even the technical stuff about it … sudden changes of POV that make me have to go back and read previous paragraphs 2, 3 or more times to figure things out.  Sentences that make no sense.  Sentences repeated.  Way too many characters mentioned than needs be.  There’s all kinds of things wrong happening in these pages.   It saddens me.

One Small Step

So my second MC now has a name and a bit of a backstory.   I have an inkling of an opening scene, well, more than an inkling – I just have to figure out which POV is going to be best.

In the meantime, I have researched Santa Cruz some, deciding that this will be where the story – no, the book is set.  I think calling it a book or a novel is probably better than calling it a story.  Gives it more weight.  Makes it something more concrete.

Ever onward!

Goals?

I’ve noticed that a lot of the writers I know give themselves word goals for their writing sessions.  One of my writer friends doesn’t  use a quantity of words, but actual things as her goal, for instance, today her goal might be to move her characters out of the house and down to the barn where the next scene will take place.  Whatever the approach, there is always a goal in mind, and I wonder if this holds the writer to being more accountable for their output.  I’ve always just sat and written until I’ve stopped for the day, but maybe that’s not the best way.  I’m going to have to ponder this.

I didn’t get anything concrete done today.  I got caught up in a marathon of “The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us” and there went any hope of being productive.

Not Much…

I didn’t get anything really concrete done today.  Too much crazy online and I had to go out and have the regular blood tests this aft.  But I did mind work.  Another character popped into my head – one of the MC’s mothers – and I spent a lot of time mulling her over and thinking about her and how she might fit into the story.  Later tonight or tomorrow, I’ll get her character sheet up in Scrivener.

In other news, I went to pick up my latest batch of comics.   Sadly, my comics shop is moving locations and won’t be as easy to get to anymore.  I can still get my books shipped to me or even have the owner drop them off because he lives in the same neighbourhood as I do.  He also had a little prezzie for me.  A copy of a Mike Grell Green Arrow!  Mike Grell is my favourite, most very favourite comics artist.   I was thrilled.

Apropos of not much, tomorrow the weather forecast is for temps going up to summer type levels.  I can’t WAIT!  Then it’s going to get chilly again, but we’ll take what we can get.

Another New Start…

So I’ve had this blog for a while; it’s just sitting here, languishing as a bookmark for the most part.  I’ve decided to put it to some use.  God knows how long it’s going to last.

I’m trying this writing thing again.  Orignal fiction.  I’m so inspired by all the new author friends I’ve made and how good so much of their work is, so I’m going to try and do it myself.  Again.

I’m trying out the Scrivener writing tool on the recommendations of Heidi Cullinan and Heather Lackey and so far I’m liking it.  I KNOW I’m not using it to its full potential, but then again, I’m not using myself to my full potential either!  *LOL*

So this blog is probably going to be filled with things pertaining to writing.  The writing I’m doing.  The bitching I’m going to do about other people’s writing.  *LOL*   And the praise of other people’s writing.   No one is reading this now, but one day, when I’m rich and famous from my work, everyone will want to read it. *LOL*  I’m preparing for the future, see?

So right now I’m going to get ready for Survivor.  I will be back.

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