2008 Writing Wrap-Up

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I’ll keep this short, but I wanted to address my lack of writing updates. I managed to make monthly writing updates here for about half the year before they pretty much stopped. At first they stopped because I was to busy actually writing (which was good), then that slowed down (not so good), and I didn’t feel like whining about my reasons here.1 In the end I wrote just under 86,000 words last year. I spent the majority of my writing time editing Miracles, which has been slow going.2

All right. Enough of that. I have scenes to edit.

  1. Especially since if I had time to whine, I had time to write, right? []
  2. I’m 83 scenes (out of 109) into the write-in process as of this morning. []

Re-Learning How to Think (About Writing)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Yikes! It’s September and I never posted my “Writing Update” for July. I’ve been busy, and one of the things I’ve been busy doing is taking Holly Lisle‘s new online course: How to Think Sideways. I’m really enjoying the course, and I’m amazed at how well some of the techniques are working for me.

The first section of the course is all about ideas. If you write anything like me, sometimes you get ideas that seem to almost write themselves. In my case a lot of these had themes of objects that seemed to pop up in multiple otherwise unrelated stories. One of the first things I got out of this course was a much fuller understanding of what this means, how to map out the things that set off my imagination, and how to use this understanding to tap into story ideas in a more “on demand” fashion. It’s like finally having the address for that P.O. Box in Schenectady.

One of my biggest problem with ideas is that I do get a lot of them1 . More that I possibly have time to write2 . Sometimes I get pretty far into turning the idea into a story before I realize that it’s not as great as I thought, or it’s just not for me. One of the biggest things I’ve taken away from the course is how to figure these things out quickly, and well in advance. This lesson came with four versions of the proposal for her novel Talyn, three as examples of what not to do, and the version that sold to Tor (that’s about 150 pages of examples for one lesson).

The second section (which I’m getting into now) is about planning. What to plan. What not to plan. How to avoid over-planning. How to plan and still allow things to grow organically. This is something I’ve struggled with over numerous short stories and three novels, and I welcome any help in making sense of my experiences.

Invitation Only Limited Time Offer!

The first run of this course (300 seats) sold out fast. Holly has opened up sign ups between now and September 8th, at 9am EDT on an invitation only basis. If it’s sounds at all interesting, consider yourself invited.

  1. That is too a problem! Trust me. []
  2. Although if someone wants to fund my early retirement I’d be willing to give it a go! []

Links of Interest (November 27th 2007 Through January 3rd 2008)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
How to rewrite
A detailed post on rewriting, and how to do it.
Podiobooks.com Community
Online community based around Podiobooks.com. A place for listeners, authors, producers, etc. to communicate and help improve Podiobooks.com
Issue #1 of Sci Phi is available
The first issue of Sci Phi (The Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy) is now available. The download version ($7) contains all stories and articles in various ebook formats as well as MP3.
GTD: Free Bundle of GTD Articles Written By David Allen
Lifehacker has a link to a collection of 17 articles available for free download from the David Allen Company.
Infamous IE hasLayout is toast
This “feature” of the IE rendering engine has caused me more headaches than I care to remember. I’m not at all sorry to see it go.
Kindles in libraries – the importance of ebook standards
DRM, lack of e-book standards, and related issues are even bigger issues for libraries.
AICN: 12th Episode will air!
SaveJourneman.net brings word that episode 12 of Journeyman will air. Journeyman is my favorite show of the new season, and I hope it comes back, but at least it will get to finish it’s run.
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Doug Morris, Old Person
Jonathan Coulton posted this summary of the New York Magazine blog’s summary or Wired’s profile of Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group. I’m not going to further summarize, just read and be enlightened.

1-Pass Day 35 (88020/88020)

Sunday, October 15th, 2006
Type in
88020/88020

I have one TBD scene at the end of the book left to write, but the type-in is done.

1-Pass Day 34 (79370/90351)

Saturday, October 14th, 2006
Type in
79370/90351

Didn’t get a lot of days in editing this week, but I think I made up for it today. The ever shrinking type-in pile is looking pretty short. I’m hoping next week is it.

1-Pass Day 33 (71519/93173)

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
Type in
71519/93173

Made some more progress last night. I’m feeling pretty ready to be done now. If anyone has some spare time they can lend me, I’d appreciate it.

Totally unrelated, but I found this pretty amusing. Oh, and if anyone wants to buy me one of these, I wouldn’t complain. I have just the spot for it in the yard.

1-Pass Day 32 (68501/94126)

Monday, October 9th, 2006
Type in
68501/94126

This morning I had a great momentum going, and had life allowed it to continue I may have finished the whole thing today. Still, not a bad day all said.

The next scene is very fast paced and covered with corrections, and my eyes are crossing, so I think that’s it for tonight.

1-Pass Day 31 (60138/96439)

Friday, October 6th, 2006
Type in

60138/96439

Not too bad. I hope I make some good progress this weekend.

1-Pass Day 30 (56346/97038)

Thursday, October 5th, 2006
Type in

56346/97038

Got some more done last night. I didn’t have much time, but last nights pages needed a bit less work than the night before, which was nice. I’ve reached one of my favorite sections, so I’m looking forward to getting back into it soon

1-Pass Day 29 (54467/97296)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
Type in

54467/97296

Made some more progress last night. Hopefully I’ll have some more time tonight.