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4 Danger Signs To Search For, Before Sending Off Your Novel

This is a good post about writing that I found on io9.

Writing amnesia

Anybody else ever go through a long session of writing and not remember parts of what you did when you proof it later?

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Discussion: NaNoWriMo

I'm going to go out on an limb here and guess that everybody on the oort-cloud has heard of National Novel Writing Month. I've decided to sign up. As you may or may not know, it's 50 thousand words in 30 days. That's just under 1700 words a day. Dang. One thing, though, is that you have to start it with something new, which means i'm going to have to finish up Trex World's rough draft in a hurry. And maybe that's a good thing. It'll be like training for a marathon. We'll see if it pans out. Is anybody else out there planning on signing up? Has anybody been through it before and has thoughts on the subject?

Here's my NaNoWriMo page, so y'all can see me progress:

This is my first time out, so, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Philip K. Dick Interview

Got a big kick out of this interview with Philip K. Dick (thx, Alf):

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.... The problem is simply this: What does a science fiction writer know about? On what topic is he an authority?

Writing software for Mac users.

Greetings, fellow Oorteans!

I have just begun using a shareware application for creative writing called Scrivener. I found it on Version Tracker last Sunday, and I registered it this morning. It's that good. I evaluated two other shareware apps, but this one is superior. The tutorial and help files are the most detailed I've ever seen with shareware, and the home website is wide and deep. Forums to discuss the ware and the craft in general.

AYOW: Does writing make you insane?

My fellow Oorteroonies,

Yesterday was a tough writing day for me. I was dealing with some heavy scenes and it was the end of a bad week (if you live in the Northeast of the U.S., I know you feel me on this one). When I get into writing I get so far up into my skull it often takes some monumental efforts to get back down. Kind of like getting trapped in a very cluttered, warren-like attic. Or my basement. Writing is itself a solitary act. So much time spent alone can make someone a little tense.

Thus, my question: Does writing make one insane? Discuss, and provide examples.

Vonnegut's Rules

Vonnegut's rules for writing short fiction, lifted from, lifted from his book Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

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Discussion: Favorite Writing Pitfalls

Alrighty, what's yer favorite writing pitfall?

Mine is the 'anti-cliché cliché'. These are the clichés that result from actively trying not to be cliché in the first place.

AYOW: Music for Writing?

Hey, Oort-beasts!

Been a while I know. Got caught up in life and putting a few dozen pages in on my novel.

aN inSpiring discOvery

Just want to say I'm excited. Not everyday one discovers such an inspiring site! I'm willing to read, comment and who knows.. maybe even write, then share, read and respond!