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Mind the Gap

I really thought I had posted this video before, but I think I tried a few years ago and was not able to get it to show properly on the page.

This video, using an extract from an interview with Ira Glass, is a short but powerful explanation of why it is a good thing when you think your writing is terrible.

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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Writing


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Things I think about #2 : Senses

Something else that I started doing when I wrote Romance Fiction for the first time, but have found myself doing all the time now, is asking…

“What sense is being used in this scene?”

Sure my Main Character can walk into a room, and tell us what he sees.  But to make us truly feel what he feels in the room, maybe he can smell something.  Maybe the doorknob was rough when he opened the door.  Did it squeak when he pushed it?

He may have walked out of the room quickly, but maybe we only know that because of the feel of the wind on his face.

And just what does an oyster taste like?

I try to make sure that on each page, I am describing the scene with a different sense.  It is not necessary to use all 5 at once, or to use them in order like a rotation.  But I try to make sure I am not neglecting any of them in the long term story.

Sometimes I go back over the manuscript and mark each paragraph in a different colour depending on the sense being used to describe it.  And if there is too much green, and not enough blue, then I need to think about that one.

Do you think about this?

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Ponderings


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Writing music

Many people enjoy writing to music.  I can not. I find it too distracting when I am trying to be creative.  I can not even blog, or read blogs, with music playing.  Especially if it has lyrics.

What about you?  Do you find music aids your creativity?  What do you listen to when you are creating?

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Ponderings


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Writing Books

No, I am not talking about writing novels or fiction, I am talking about books about writing. 

There are a lot of books out there about writing.  Some quite good, some…. not so much.  There are people who believe that you can never learn anything useful about writing from a textbook, and that you need to just do it.  Then there are those who can not get enough of these books. 

Which side of the fence do you fall?  Do you think they are useful, or just a waste of time?

I have read a great number, but the ones that I found most useful were…

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King.

This book is presented as half memoir, half writing advice.  I found the sections of using the right word, and the editing advice very helpful, and I often go back to this book as a reference when I am needing it, or just for some inspiration.



No Plot? No Problem
by Chris Baty

This book is very useful for those frantic November months when I am struggling with NaNoWriMo, or any other time I just want to get lots of words written without a clear idea where I am going.  It is not about finding the perfect plot, it is about learning to start writing without the perfect plot, and having faith that your plot will find you.


Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life

It’s Snoopy.  What’s not to like?

OKay, not really.  However it is still an awesome book, and very useful.





So, what books about writing do you recommend?

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Ponderings


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2012–The end? Or the beginning?


Well, if the Mayans and Hollywood are to be believed, then the world is going to end later this year. 

(*cough* Loonies *cough*)



Whether they are right, or wrong, I still plan to write as if there is no tomorrow.  Last year I got a bit distracted from my writing.  For those of you who don’t know, I got myself a little bit married in November 2011.  Which may account for me being absent from NaNoWriMo last year. 

My goal(s) for this year are simple.  Write something!

I am working my way through A Writers Book of Days, and am trying to write at least 750 words every day from the prompts there.  I am trying to do it as my morning pages again, but for the most part it seems to happen whenever I get time in the day.

My goal… is to write at least 200,000 words this year.  That might sounds a little heavy, but once you take out the 50,000 I plan to do in December, it is not that hard.  It just means I have to try and write at least 200 days this year.  How hard can that be?

Rather than spending too much time on editing and doing fancy projects this year, I plan to go back to basics.  Just start writing and see where it takes me.

What are your goals or plans for 2012?

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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in For the readers, Ponderings


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