Another day’s writing done, more a transitional piece, highlighting some of the undercurrents in an indirect way and setting up the next scene. 292 pages done now, not sure how much more there is go because I tend to write to the ending rather than the page count. A good second draft loses 10% anyway, now I am going to get on with my day, then read before enjoying Game of Thrones this evening to see the fight between Oberyn and Gregor and how it plays out onscreen.
Most people only write when they have to. Shopping lists, emails. Essential, everyday stuff like that. They don’t do it for pleasure. They don’t do it for sharing. It’s a means of communication, or for jogging the memory.
When someone crosses that line and begins to write as a form of expression, then their relationship with writing changes. I imagine that, for each writer, the relationship is as unique and individual as they are. The journey a writer undertakes, getting to know words, how they fit together, how they convey meaning and all the other vagaries creative writing involves, can be smooth or rough, short or long. Some people have a natural affinity, while others must learn its wayward subtleties the hard way.
One aspect I find fascinating about writing, or more generally about words and language, is its ability to infiltrate that area of the brain we know as…
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Don’t ALLOW people to control YOU.
Why are you not a success? You know why, because everyone is right about you. You give up every time.
Sounds a bit harsh doesn’t it? It does when put like I just did. But that’s the way we are told or the way we think it.
I wrote recently about a lady executive from Coca Cola that I heard at a business luncheon. In that article I wrote about doing your best at whatever you are doing at a given time. Well I mentioned she gave two pieces of advice that day. I actually typed those pieces of advice up and saved them on my computer. What? You think I remember all this stuff?
As important as doing your best always is, controlling you is even more so. What do I mean by controlling you?
You LET others cause YOU to give…
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2 June 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 218 Extrapolating Military Technology, and yet more Food Tactical Costs
Announcement: There is action on my new novels. The publisher renamed the series–they are still working on the name. I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere’, China, Sveta, and Klava–at least these are some of the suggestions. They are also working on a single theme for the covers. I’ll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel, and on this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way…
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As the whole controversy about Amazon/Hachette rolls on, with the rumor spreading like wildfire last night that Amazon was doing funny things with not delivering ebooks (They aren’t. There is a known glitch that affects very few systems and it is already under repair. But people are more interested in conspiracy theories than facts) I hadn’t planned to blog on it again.
And then I found this: “So the question is this: Is Amazon a disruptor because of its size? Or is its size a result of previously stifled innovation? The culture of the Big 5, which was built by gobbling up successful small presses and rolling them into imprints, left the door wide open for Amazon, a company that dared to sell direct to consumers, innovate the way we read, and pay authors a living wage. You know, the first company to actually compete.
The response to this…
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