Monthly Archives: August 2011

Six Sentence Sunday, 28 August 2011 (The Lost Pissarro)

She shook her head, to clear the dream: she’d slipped, momentarily, into the person of a raven soaring over a line of knights on horseback. Clearly not her real self. The unicorn foal not twenty paces away shook its head … Continue reading

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The ten-percent solution: a tale of literary liposuction

I’ve heard this advice from multiple sources: Write, and then cut 10%. I’m here to say it works. No, I’m here to say how it works. Between 5 August and 19 August, I banged out the draft of my superhero … Continue reading

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Lessons from National Novel Writing Month: a charter for your novel

One of the really valuable lessons of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is thinking out what you love and what you hate in a novel. In Chris Baty’s classic manual for the event, No Plot? No Problem!, this is called … Continue reading

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Novel soup, or how to cook a superhero romance

Novel pre-writing is a lot like making soup. Here’s the stuff I threw in the cookpot for my Superhero Romance project, currently in raw draft and being beta-read: Superhero romance. OK, for some reason I liked the setup. I read … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 21 August 2011 (The Lost Pissarro)

The world had shifted around them, and Angie Stavros took a sort of grim satisfaction in it, that now most of the world felt as dislocated as she did. Welcome to my world, she thought as she caught a glimpse … Continue reading

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Goals check-in (September 1 goal): we have a draft!

Well, I’ve met part of my goal for September 1 (see last post): the superhero romance is in raw draft, at 33,000 words. I took off some vacation days from Ye Olde Day Jobbe to do that (what better use … Continue reading

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Writing goals for the next six months

It’s better to start small than to promise big things and fall short. I’ve been modest in updating this blog, doing Six Sentence Sunday and the occasional during-the-week update. Nonetheless, I know myself for a “real writer” now (you know, … Continue reading

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