Tag: the rules

  • The Hardest Parts of Writing – Part 3

    There are three really tough parts to any writing project.

    – The beginning

    – The middle

    – The end

    As we have seen, there are land mines in every step of the writing process. Monday and Wednesday we covered the beginning and the middle. Today we will go over the end, but let me caution you. I’ve only covered the parts of the process where the initial writing takes place.

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  • The Hardest Parts of Writing – Part 2

    There are three really tough parts to any writing project.

    – The beginning

    – The middle

    – The end

    Monday we covered the beginning. So here we are today, Wednesday, the middle of the week, so let’s get on with “The Middle”. The middle is where you find all the juicy bits, the fun parts that get you from “Oh no, I just lost my job” to “Why yes,

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  • That’s a December Problem

    One of the rules of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – just in case some of you missed it) is that you aren’t supposed to edit as you go. If you just sort of make it up as you go the way that I do, you frequently run into a moment when you realize something about your plot that you need to go back and add so it doesn’t come off as cheesy.

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  • White Room Syndrome

    I first heard of White Room Syndrome on the OWW (Online Writering Workshop)  to describe the issue many first drafts have of forgetting to describe the environment.

    I’m guilty of this in my first drafts, particularly when the action gets wild and I’m really into what the characters are doing. I’ve even heard from some prolific and famous authors that this is a constant struggle in first drafts. “That’s what second drafts and first readers are for” –

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  • Writing Rules – Write What You Know

    There’s a lot of advice out there for writers masquerading as rules. They look simple and straight forward, but are actually quite complicated and nuanced. New writers, and even veterans, fall victim too often to the stifling version. In this periodic series, I’m going to dig deep into the reasons behind the “rules” and the real advice one should take from them.

     

    Write what you know.

     

    How many of us have heard that advice?

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