Author Archives: kldaveth

Loncon3

Note to Self: Don’t go to a Science Fiction WorldCon expecting to learn anything about writing. Go to a WorldCon to: See and hear and get books signed by your favourite authors Expand your reading horizons by finding new fascinating authors … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Outline Book Review

I have mixed feelings about this book. It seems to be miss-named to me. A better title might have been Million Dollar Stories, or Emotionally Satisfying Stories. I was looking for a book on outlining, and this isn’t one really. … Continue reading

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Slow and Steady

I haven’t written anything for a couple of days because I’m so deep into the write-up for CM1. I’ve realised a couple of things though, which improve my understanding of my own process. Firstly, I discovered that I can’t seem … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Scene

As part of the GMC revision of book one, I have to write a few new scenes. After seven years of NaNoWriMo and its wonderful effect of silencing the internal editor, once I have an idea these days, the words … Continue reading

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Progress Roadblocks

I’m about 1/2-2/3 of the way through the first GMC revision of book one. The doubt about the percentage is because I have actually reviewed 2/3 of the scenes, but ever since the 50% mark my muse has been dragging … Continue reading

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January Goals Update

So, in line with the goals I established here, I am going to do a monthly goal-update blog, to keep me honest and on track. The only goals I’m due to have action on this month are numbers 1, 2, … Continue reading

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Goal, Motivation, Conflict…

I just finished reading “GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict” by Debra Dixon. It’s been touted as a seminal writing reference work in many of the writers reference books I’ve read, but up until recently, it hadn’t been in publication. I’ve looked … Continue reading

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New Years Goals 2014

I’m taking a leaf out of the book of one of Magical Words Bloggers, and creating a set of Goals for 2014, rather than Resolutions, because Resolutions can be failed and forgotten, whereas Goals are works in progress. So, my … Continue reading

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Post-NaNo Storm

So, as always after a NaNoWriMo, my muse is on fire, but my wrists and my brain are fried. I keep getting more ideas – writing for me always generated more writing – but I’m still jet-lagged and flopping around … Continue reading

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Editing: “Started to… Began to… Gave a…”

This is something I had no idea was even a problem, until the construction was pointed out to me by one of my critiquers. Basically it’s using a phrase for an action, when a single verb will do. Wordiness is … Continue reading

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