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Brewing Up A Story

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I’ve been thinking about an idea for my next novel for some time now. I’ve got some research under my belt. I’ve done some rough character sketches, brainstormed conflict points and have thought a great deal about the setting.

But there’s something missing.

I’ve decided to go ahead and take a shot at a short story to help me get a better sense of things. Maybe more than one to sort through the chaff and find the good stuff to build on.

This is a definite departure from my first go round, though I’m not sure it’s any more efficient.

And, hell, if any of the stories seem worthy, I’ll ship them off and see if they land anywhere.

Write on.

Writerly Validation

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I’m pretty stoked to be writing this post. I’ve missed getting thoughts down here.

I’ve had the pleasure of a critique session with Paul Di Filippo via the Starship Sofa‘s writing workshop series. Both Paul and Tony C. Smith–God-emperor and host of the Sofa–pretty much rule. It’s not every day I get to pick the brain of an established author like Paul, so yeah.

I sent him the first 40 pages of my novel. He was quite complimentary, using words like “market ready” and “chops.” His critique points were quite helpful, too. Needless to say it was nice to hear someone who knows from writing say those things. It’s like a shot of caffeine for my confidence that tells me I’m doing something right.

With writing being the lonely profession and all that, I’ve made a decision to reach out more, engage more and maybe, just maybe, hit a convention or two, starting with Capclave 13 in October of this year.

In the meantime I’m quietly querying, working on another novel, and just plain working.

I’ve also grown attached to Spotify, and with it, this guy:

On Ice

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I feel like Rip Van Winkle, except rather than sleeping, I’ve been working. What can you do? For the time being, I’m going to be in blog stasis, with posts being oh-so-occasional. I’ll do my best to keep my current reading project updated.

Oh, and if any news breaks on the road to publication.

There’s a strange irony that I am doing this as a result of my job, which involves a fair amount of blogging. Ah well.

I am probably most active on Facebook if you care to keep tabs.

Happy new year!

When Editing Becomes Tinkering

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Hope you didn’t come here to find out where that line is. I suspect it’s different for different writers.

I finished the fourth draft of my novel a few weeks ago and have jumped into what I hope are final edits (at least until someone tells me otherwise). I am no stranger to revision and trying to make my work the best it can be, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make it better.

What I worry about is that I will delve deeper into things as I look for spelling, punctuation and clarity errors. It seems like things can always be improved and I worry about slipping into full revision mode.

I suppose when it comes down to it, there are worse things that can happen, but there’s that line between improving and ruining that’s hard to define. It’s like over-mixing your pancake batter and getting rubbery disks, that, while edible, are hardly memorable.

Here’s a pretty cool take on How to Stop Making Yourself Crazy with Self-Editing from Coppyblogger.

Once the brain makes enough mistakes — and corrects them — it now has a database of information that it can call upon at any time. Your brain has now reached its level of competency in that field, be it walking, talking or writing.

Makes sense.

And there you have it. Writers write and all that. Now, off to make more mistakes.