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What assumptions are you making without letting me know?

I got into an interesting correspondence conversation with a friend-of-a-friend after my last post, on the importance of accuracy even in tangential details. In the course of a discussion of how much “factual” leeway one should grant writers of fantasy, … Continue reading

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The importance of being accurate

As writers, the last thing we want to do is pop the complex bubble of unreality that makes up the story enveloping our readers. We never want to dump them abruptly back onto the hard, uneven sidewalk of real life … Continue reading

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Conflict can be a good thing

In real life, I think of myself as preferring to avoid conflict when I can, but conflict is the engine that drives story. As a writer, I need conflict—and if you write, you do too. The thing is, I say … Continue reading

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Not just a novelist

I have friends who’ve reported reaching 25K, 30K, 40K words on their nanowrimo novels already. Well, I’ve got nearly 1.9K now. Up from 1.2K a week ago. Just. But after taking the latter part of Thursday evening to drive west … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder

Last night marked the peak for this year of the Leonid meteor shower. The past couple of years’ peaks have come and gone behind solid cloud here in Chicago, not an uncommon occurrence this time of year. But yesterday dawned … Continue reading

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Goals are good … except when they aren’t

OK, so here’s my ‘reality bites’ version of nanowrimo reports. November is 4 days old and I’m about 5500 words behind the average nanowrimo writers’ goals for this point in the month. See, to get to about 50,000 words by … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo

After taking a 3-month leave of absence from this forum, I feel almost obligated to take up the National November Writing Month challenge. Of course, I have written nothing but what you see here all of today, Nov 1 and … Continue reading

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My accidental novel

How can one have a novel by accident? I doubt I’m alone in reaching this achievement, but to get to the point, we need first to backtrack a bit. I wrote one [unpublishable] fanfiction novel a while back, just to … Continue reading

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