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Philosophy of Writing – 20 – Plotto

April 25, 2013 by

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I am friends with a few people of the professional writerly persuasion (the sort of people I can’t be close friends with because I’m in awe of them a bit too much and sometimes I’m terrified of sucking-up even though I don’t think I’m sucking up — anyway, you didn’t start reading this to hear even […]

How to Edit Fiction – 6 – Disbelief Should be Suspended like Batman over Gotham, not like You over your Bathtub

August 28, 2011 by

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You’ll need: your library, the all-powerful key to the ancient catacombs of wonder that is your library (viz., your library card), the internet When I was a little girl, I did this a lot: [Placeholder for photo of a strange man standing on the edge of a jacuzzi tub holding a beer. We hope to […]

How to Edit Fiction – 5 – Dot Yer Eyes, Cross Yer Teas

August 12, 2011 by

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Joyous relief, dear friends! Today’s post is the very soul of brevity — and no exercises, to boot. ~~~ ~The Most Essential Thing In Copy Editing~ For heaven’s sake, turn on the editing marks when you’re editing. It makes things approximately eleventy trillion times easier. ~~~ ~Italics, Bold and CAPSLOCK~ Did you know that typing […]

How to Edit Fiction – 4 – Be Good to Your Grammar (Standard English Edition)

July 18, 2011 by

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Stuff You Need: the chapter from your manuscript in standard English that you prepared in previous posts, a computer capable of viewing pdf files. Please note that the rules of grammar I cover here don’t necessarily apply to AAVE or other dialects of English that aren’t considered “standard”! The process is the same, though. So by now we are […]

How to Edit Fiction – 3 – Spell Like a Linguist

July 15, 2011 by

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Before you start working, go back to last week’s post and prepare your workspace in the same exact way. You’re going to have to make this a routine. Pretty pretty please? Or at least do something else to block out the world for half-an-hour. It’ll help you focus and be chilled. Good things! ~~~ In […]

How to Edit Fiction – 2 – Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed

July 11, 2011 by

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So this is you. Hello, you! I want you to mechanically follow my instructions. If nothing else it’ll prevent you from getting brain damage. Please note: Every single time I say “chapter” in this webinar, I’m referring to either a) one chapter of a completed first draft of a novel or b) a short story from your novel-length portfolio […]

How to Edit Fiction – 1 – Getting Started

July 9, 2011 by

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I hear a lot of talk about how the first draft is something you should just get down as fast as you can — a sort of verbal vomitus allowed to dribble out unchecked. Lots of professionals tell you to do this. “Just get it finished,” they say. “You’ll be able to fix it later.” […]

Waiting

June 22, 2011 by

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I haven’t written anything good since I finished the first draft of my manuscript. I have a sneaky little demon in the back of my brain who wails desperately that I won’t ever write anything good ever. again. which is total nonsense, of course, because I know exactly why I’m not writing well, and it will […]

Honey & Balsamic Salad Dressing (Vegetarian)

May 23, 2011 by

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We’ve been trying to save money recently. There are some lovely, cheap restaurants around here, but it still doesn’t count as “saving money” to spend $5.00 on a burger and fries, even if that burger is freshly cooked, made with good ingredients, and is really quite nice. So we went to a box store, bought […]

A Celebration! On the Completion of my First Draft

May 17, 2011 by

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A facebook conversation between the Love of my Life and me. (Please note: I am not attached to Tamil film star Rajnikanth. LofL’s facebook currently sports an image of Rajni from the film “Endhiran” as its profile picture.) Wishing you all a happy First Draft Day! May yours be as rewarding as mine.