On Writing

Second Writing: Proofreading and Editing Skills

By all means write as fast as you can and put the words on paper. In the movie Finding Forrester, the fictional reclusive author William Forrester tells Jamal Wallace, “No thinking — that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is … to write, not to think!” No thinking — that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart.…

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Tall Tales of Sin

A Tall Tale of Sin: Greyhound Arriving

I work downtown Las Vegas. For all of the glitz and wild scenes on Fremont Street, what is often overlooked is this town is a business. And that means for every cup tossed on the ground someone has to come along and pick it up. While the entire street is a stage, it still needs to rest, if only for a few hours between parties. I’m also fascinated with neon and what it means. Las…

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My Craft

That’s a Wrap

His knee slipped and he hit the door frame hard. “Son of a bitch!” The unbalanced bag of dog food pulled him around the frame and into the stucco wall. The dogs bounced below his feet threatening to entangle him further. His knee and this new bump on his head each provided an equal measure of pain. He let out a sigh. Unfortunately, the abuse returned in the shower with the knee giving out again slamming his body into the…

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On Writing

Character Introductions: Backstrom

Every story needs to introduce the main characters and this is often a tough process for a writer. A character needs to feel three-dimensional and alive. A long description of each certainly would lay out their foibles and tics. Describing each for their unique attributes, hair styles, and shower habits can be fun. However, character descriptions can tend to be like describing a photograph: sort of flat.

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On Writing

Character Sketch

Your job, as a writer, is to introduce your characters in a way that: is interesting brings them to life for the reader conjures up an image that is as close as possible to the way you see them in your mind gives the reader more information than just their physical appearance – i.e. also gives an insight into their personality and what drives them Your job is to let every sentence earn its keep…

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On Writing

The False Ending

I have mentioned that many stories fail to gain traction in the second act. This is where the viewpoint character forgets why they are in the story. Of course, it is the writer who has forgotten; either by writing by their pants or failing to plot in enough conflict to keep the story moving forward. Stories thrive on conflict and bad things must happen to the hero before it all ends up as good and…

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Conversations

You’re a Writer, Right?

A Conversation “So you’re a writer?” “Yes, I guess I’ve been doing this for going on 23 years.” “How come I haven’t read any of your stuff?” “Hum, you might have seen my technology articles. I had a press release practically reprinted in the newspaper last week.” “So you’re name wasn’t on it.” “Well, not on that one. But my name was in High Technology Careers. I wrote an article about Microsoft and the Art of…

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On Writing

Pantser Plotter

There are two camps of thought: the people who listen to the muse and write by the seat of their pants and the people who write an entire book-length outline prior to starting to write. I prefer to combine the two, without writing an entire book-length outline. Let me explain my thoughts on this debate. Pantsers argue they are free to listen to the story and the characters. It is a muse-centric approach, with the…

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Poetry

A Kenning Ramble

Deadline horror Original thinker Metaphor drifter Word shaper Keyboard charmer Alphabet wrangler Paragraph plodder Plot maker Scene creator Tension builder Page burner On the path to becoming an author. Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings You May Like A Day of Rest Use a Facebook Author Page to Create a Strong Book Launch Kenning’s Vitamins The Document is Incomplete

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