So a very wise man said something pretty wise on the Wild Cards Facebook Group. Which, especially since lots of you aren’t on Facebook, or not in the Group, I thought I’d reprise here.
This pertains. Eventually. Trust me.
And yes. It was totally me. Deal. A truly wise person recognizes and values wisdom regardless of [...]
So listen up, kids. This is important:
Never tell your editor more than you have to.
I tell you this now ’cause I caught myself about to do it today.
It’s a similar principle to it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission. Which is also true. Often enough to be useful, anyway.
The key here is: in advance.
Learned this [...]
Movement on The Dinosaur Lords front!
No, the Official Editorial Rewrite Notes still haven’t gotten here. The good news is that there is reason to believe they are about to.
The bad news was I also got what I thought was reason to suspect the editor was going to ask me to make fundamental changes to the [...]
So, it turns out giving yourself a big old rousing pep talk about what a great writer you are, how much you love writing, and how much fun you’ll have writing what you’re writing – no matter how useful that generally is – when what you’re actually doing is assembling and editing notes in preparation [...]
I am toying with the notion that my most important, and hardest, job as a writer (and perhaps in life as a whole) is getting out of my own way.
Discuss, please. Here in the Comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.
One way I try to accomplish getting out of my own way – which is working, [...]
Since I am in a … curmudgeonly mood today, what with this thing and that other thing, I’ll just go ahead and whack on a chunk of Accepted Wisdom from when I was a tad.
“Write what you know.”
Do they still tell you that? (“They” being those nebulous Authorities, who always somehow know your business better [...]
I’m always trying to learn how to write. I added two nifty tools to my box tonight.
Quick – don’t think of a rhinoceros!
Especially not, Gods forbid, a purple one.
Yeah, it’s trite. Also true. It’s hard.
So this is the task I’ve set myself. At least until next Sunday.
Of course it may seem strange to blog about it, since I’ve complained blogging is a lot like work. Since it involves. You know. Writing.
Just got a Facebook message from a friend who asked if it was acceptable, in a story she was writing, to describe as a background detail a poster starring an actress in a real-world movie she in fact was never in.
My answer? Why they hell not?
One of my major concerns as a writer [...]
Please help me answer my question, does each scene need a Significant Incident?