Third date…?

This weekend I will hold the third meeting of my new writing group. The group is something I’ve been thinking about and working on for a while. And I think there’s some real good to it. But, then again, this is the third meeting. Will it be like a third date? You know, the timeContinue reading “Third date…?”

And then there were three…?

This month I started editing Identity and Birthright a sequel to Names and Secrets, the book I submitted for publication in October. This week I made a hard decision about the book: I’m splitting it into two manuscripts. During the editing of Names and Secrets, I made the hard choice to leave several chapters onContinue reading “And then there were three…?”

“It’s like riding a bicycle…”

“It’s like riding a bicycle…” the phrase usually implies that once something is learned, it’s learned and you’ll remember how to do it forever. But it’s not entirely true. Your skills get rusty if you stop riding for a while. Your muscles weaken, meaning you remember riding as being easier than it is when youContinue reading ““It’s like riding a bicycle…””

Improving your stories (Part 3)

Well dear reader, as promised this week I’m resenting a revised version of my story Life, Death, and Mr. Boggs. I won’t claim that the new version is perfect (After NANO, when I’ve worked on my world some more, I’ll probably want to change it again). But I think this version is a lot better.Continue reading “Improving your stories (Part 3)”

Improving your stories… (Part 2)

In the spirit of show don’t tell, I put up one of my stories here on the blog last week with a promise that I would put up both my list of things to work on and a rewritten version of the story. This week I’m presenting my ‘fix it’ list and talking about someContinue reading “Improving your stories… (Part 2)”

Improving your stories…

Writing teachers always say, “show don’t tell.” So, why not do that here in the blog? Initially, I was going to talk about improving our story skills. And then, an older story I need to revise popped up. So, rather than just preaching about developing our skills, I decided to show an example of changesContinue reading “Improving your stories…”

Into the breach… Or, hoisted by my own petard!

I just had to talk to a new couple I ran into. The husband had traveled in some of the same areas I have, and we shared a few interests. The wife also shared a significant interest of mine. She’s also a writer. And that’s where the trouble started. She asked a question, “are thereContinue reading “Into the breach… Or, hoisted by my own petard!”

Creating and distilling

This week I’m working on multiple projects including a novel, a nonfiction book, at least two how two projects, and helping one of my team edit a story he’s writing for school. Amid all this, I find myself thinking about two of the most important steps in any writing project. This week, in the novel,Continue reading “Creating and distilling”

Finding the end and going back to the beginning.

Well, the first 1 ½ pass is finished for last November’s NaNoWriMo project. And, as always, I’ve learned a lot! Starting with the1 ½ pass method has had a distinct benefit. By reading and noting on the whole thing before I started making edits I could make better decisions than I have on the first passContinue reading “Finding the end and going back to the beginning.”

A modelers tool for writing projects

As a kid I made plastic models. At first, before I knew better, I threw away the leftover bits and pieces. That was before I learned to keep a parts box… One of the best lessons of my years making plastic tanks, jets, and other models was that serious modelers keep a parts box, aContinue reading “A modelers tool for writing projects”