Monthly Archives: June 2012

It doesn’t have to be “real” (on naming characters)

I don’t know about anyone else, but even in my first drafts my characters have names.  I think names matter – they affect who a person is.  (Perhaps that’s because my parents saw fit to give me one of those overly unique … Continue reading

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Writers are like snowflakes (Part 5)

I figured it had been a while since I did one of these “we’re all unique and need to find what works for us” posts.  So, here goes. This one is about music and television.

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Good Writing versus Enjoyable Reading

I’ve never really been one to read short stories, but because I’ve been writing a few recently I’ve been trying to remedy that shortcoming.  And in the process it’s highlighted something I hadn’t given much thought to before, which is … Continue reading

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It’s not just a matter of hard work or talent

So, I stumbled across a revived thread the other day on Absolute Write where the folks had gotten into a pretty heated discussion about whether you need any sort of talent to be a writer or whether you can ultimately … Continue reading

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I didn’t realize how twisted I was until I started writing

I spent the last hour on a deep and meaningful post, but it’s not quite ready to go.  Hopefully tomorrow.  (It turned into long detailed theory on how the world works instead of a simple discussion of talent versus hard … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing

Patricia C. Wrede has an important post up today about estimated tax payments.  (They’re due on June 15th, which is always a bit counterintuitive to me because you’d think it’d be the 15th of the month after the end of … Continue reading

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Edgy writing

I think I’ve made it pretty clear in earlier posts that I think people should write what they need to write or want to write, not what they think they should write.  Occasionally on one of the writing forums I’ll … Continue reading

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Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is to be published

(Says the unpublished writer…) I was thinking about this yesterday as I was hiking.  I have a short story I started about a month ago that I’ve put away for now because I can’t do it justice yet.  It’s based … Continue reading

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I can’t write first person POV

I find it interesting that most new writers supposedly write in first person point of view, because that’s the point of view I tend to struggle with the most.  Even the short story I wrote where the author is very much … Continue reading

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Second draft is finished!!

This post is just about me and my writing progress, so not of much use to anyone else trying to write anything else.  But I couldn’t finish the second draft of my novel and NOT post about it. It weighs … Continue reading

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