Fanfic and creating story

I was going to title today’s post Creating Story, Fanfic, and Other ‘Stuff’. I was tempted to rant about certain recent series or attempted series. But I’m not going there. Yes, there are people ‘borrowing’ popular IP and creating ‘new versions’ that are basically their own thing using the old IP’s name. There are alsoContinue reading “Fanfic and creating story”

Taking note

Making notes on drafts and research is important. It can also be a pain in the butt. Actually, note taking is a “two problem” problem. It’s two sided. There’s the taking notes part and also the organizing and using your notes part. The best solution depends on how you work and what you’re using theContinue reading “Taking note”

Know your biases

No, dear reader, this will not be a “men are evil”, “straights are evil”, “white people are evil,” “group x is evil”, or any other sort of rant post. Some people in those groups probably are problematic, but so are people of other groups. I’m also not ranting against those positions (actually I’m not rantingContinue reading “Know your biases”

Show ‘em! (Part 2)

Last week I reposted a 2018 Words Mean Stuff post. This week I present an updated version with (hopefully) better writing and some things I’ve learned in the intervening years. So, let’s get going: As writers, we often face questions from non-writers. “Are you still writing books?” “Do you self-publish?” “What do you really doContinue reading “Show ‘em! (Part 2)”

Show ‘em!

Back in 2018, I wrote a post over at Words Mean Stuff exploring how to help non-writers understand that writing is a real thing and an actual business. The need to help others understand what we do still exists. However, my understanding of how to do that (and my ability to write about it) hasContinue reading “Show ‘em!”

The “1 ½ Pass” Rides Again

Well, I finished the first draft… My next non-fiction book (the one I pitched at the conference 3 weeks ago) is a completed manuscript. Now comes the rest period where I set it aside and shift from writer mode to editor mode. In the meantime, I’m doing some developmental editing on my other big projectContinue reading “The “1 ½ Pass” Rides Again”

Book Review: It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

I’ll admit it (actually I do regularly…), being a writer doesn’t mean I’m the best at spelling or punctuation. Even when we know our subject well, there are things we may forget or overlook. So, having information sources we can refer to helps. It was the best of sentences it was the worst of sentencesContinue reading “Book Review: It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

Facing what you create (Honest self-editing)

I may have confused a few people at the conference this year. About half the sessions I went to were editing sessions and not “writer” sessions. Actually, I didn’t hit any “writer” sessions this year except the keynotes. Since I’m a writer, why would I skip the writing sessions? Because there’s more to writing thanContinue reading “Facing what you create (Honest self-editing)”

A one percent return? (part 2)

Last time we talked about the first step rough processing part of doing text-based research. This week we’ll talk about the next step of the process. We’ll process the metaphorical ore into the verbal/textual metal that we’ll incorporate in our writing (the part we’re talking about next week…). I don’t want to scare anyone, butContinue reading “A one percent return? (part 2)”

A one percent return? (part 1)

I’m working on a book chapter this week, with a word target of 10,000 words. That works out to be about 20 normal pages or 40 manuscript pages (give or take because… you know… formatting…). Not the biggest thing I’ve written, but not the smallest either. In preparing to write the chapter, I’ve worked myContinue reading “A one percent return? (part 1)”