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Showing posts 11 to 18 labeled Process (18 total)

Critiquing: The Necessary Evil (June 15, 2012)

Progress has stalled on WIP-B for a while now. It's not that I waste my days painting my nails and watching Korean dramas (well, not all of my days) but my heart just hasn't been in it. Yes, yes, flimsy excuses—writing is work, after all. More »

Method Writing (May 8, 2012)

Well, I've done it again. I added another chapter to WIP-B and pushed the eventual completion down a week or two. The difficulty isn't in the increased word count. I just broke off a third of a too-ambitious chapter to turn it into a half of another, so I really only added one sequence. More »

Reading Like A Reader (April 17, 2012)

Yesterday I was not in a writing mood. Dealing with a finicky decades-old air conditioner, unusable outsourced systems for filing my state taxes, and the early arrival of my monthly "friend" simultaneously tends to kill the creative impulse. More »

Book Juggling (April 11, 2012)

As you can see from the pretty bars to the right, I now have three WIPs going at once. WIP-A is a modern politically charged retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" (like Bubbles Pop but in the third person, with bankers and Marxists). More »

Paralyzed by Perfection (March 24, 2012)

"We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. More »

Impatience (February 21, 2012)

Every night I wish that I would wake up the next morning and have the magical ability to make my books write themselves. I would simply stare at my computer screen intensely, like a television superhero—maybe wiggle my nose or point my finger at my temple for good measure—and the perfect words to express my ideas would materialize on-screen. More »

Beta Reading, or, I'm Dumber Than I Think (December 21, 2011)

I consider myself a pretty smart person. I can spell most words I know without looking them up. I'm mildly proficient in three or four different (though all C-based) programming languages. Free tests around the Internet tell me I have an IQ in the 140s because I can unscramble words and perform basic math. More »

An Ounce of Prevention (December 16, 2011)

A lot of people participated in the writing marathon in November dubbed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The "challenge" is to write a 50,000 word book in one fell blow—no stopping to think or edit, no catering to your daily moods, just devoting yourself to putting words on the page each evening no matter what. More »