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Writing Hack

One of my failure points

July 1, 2010

I have a few ideas for stories that have been in my head for years. I have played with most of them off and on over that time frame and failed to finish the story. Normally it is because I like the idea and don’t want to “waste” it on a crappy story.
But right now [...]

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Finding problems early in your story

June 23, 2010

I started a new story. I have recently placed a couple others on hold while I figure out what is going on with them so I jumped on another idea for a book that I have. It is geared toward the late grade school/middle school crowd.
So I decided to work through The Snowflake Method and [...]

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Find wordcounts to tons of books

June 22, 2010

Ever wonder how many words are in some of your favorite books?
I normally think about things like this when I’m playing with a story idea for kids and I do research that says you should write between 20-40K words or whatever…which happens to be happening right now.
But if you go to Perma-Bound and search for [...]

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Lessons learned shelving books at the library

June 18, 2010

I did three hours of shelving books at the library last night and noticed a few things.

Romance books are checked out WAY more than any other kind of fiction book. In the couple of carts worth of books that I put away, it was about 2 to 1.
Mystery came in a distant second place.
Most of [...]

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Writing bursts

June 17, 2010

I’m a busy man these days. You’re probably busy, too. It’s the modern way. I don’t have time to spend one or two hours writing…at least not all at one time.
I have a little target that I’m trying to reach each day right now. 750 words. I’m not going to beat myself up if I [...]

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