Monthly Archives: December 2014

Oh good grief! He’s taking time off, *again*!

Hey, it’s the holidays. Everything’s crazy for everyone. So, since no one has time to read my rants about writing just now, there doesn’t seem much point in generating them. So, I’m taking a few days off. Before we know … Continue reading

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Bang starts! How to write a novel–part 27

You’re sitting in front of your computer, drumming your fingers on the keys as your coffee cools, and the remaining minutes of your hastily grabbed writing time are dissolving like an ice cube under a sun lamp. You grow more agitated with every passing … Continue reading

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How much is enough? How to write a novel–part 26

Writers can be very competitive folk, especially when it comes to the topic of production. Like people in any other profession, some writers exaggerate while others are painfully honest. Dean Wesley Smith for instance, really does crank out a prodigious … Continue reading

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The Last Word on Dialog. How to write a novel–part 25

A wonderful writer (my Dad, actually) once told me, “Good reading makes hard writing.” And it’s true. In order for the words to flow smoothly, a writer has to concentrate on moving from one idea to the next, in a logical … Continue reading

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Idea mining. How to write a novel–part 24

The process of creating character motivations, actions, and consequences naturally demands ideas, and this is where weak, uninspired and/or derivative plots evolve. I rarely trust the first idea I have for anything. I urge all writers, and most especially beginning … Continue reading

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Don’t tell it too soon. How to write a novel–part 23

Okay, I know I’m supposed to yammer on about dialog, but it can wait. This is more important, especially if you’re still in the early stages of learning to write fiction, and more specifically, commercial fiction. It’s a bit of … Continue reading

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