Some Thoughts on WriterBrain, Second Rock

Dorothy L. Sayers, who wrote some of my favorite books, also wrote essays I’ve found very useful, especially her writing on the doctrine of the Trinity and its relation to creative writing and the kinds of problems that result from what she called “Scalene Trinities.”  For the non-Christians (which I wasn’t when I first read Read More…

NewBook, Sausage Balls, and the Real World

NewBook has lost 10K words as I’ve read my way carefully through it, distracted far too often by phone-spam, weather, and of course politics. Most of the 10K were inline with recommendations from early readers, and leave room for tightening the plot.   However, one of the other annoying aftermaths of the concussion is that when Read More…

Happy New Year!

Two days later.  That’s because ON New Year’s rain fell, wind blew, the thermometer dropped and I was busy keeping horses hayed up and (relatively) happy.   It cleared off in the evening so people could shoot off their fireworks and the horses could disapprove.  New Year’s Eve was also rainy, windy, cold.  We got 2.6 Read More…

Revision Review

Since revision this time digs right into the foundation structure of NewBook, a post on where the revision is at the moment seems a good time to discuss the kinds of problems a book’s underpinnings or foundation–the deeper structure–can have, and strategies for fixing  same.   This is not a problem I have often, but it’s Read More…

Revision, revision, revision: still not done?

Still not done.  Little chunks have come out.  Bigger chunks of new material have appeared.   Sequence tangles have been extricated, laid out, and put in order, with necessary transitions.  It’s taken this long to get the first thirty-two days of the story cleaned up, and to introduce things that were left out.  It’s gonna be Read More…

SF and Soup

When a science fiction writer makes soup and then wants to take a picture of it…my, what strange things get into into the picture.  Is that cute little alien *pregnant*??? What’s with the one straddling a big of carrot and holding (?) a black bean?   (This being a winter soup, it started with 4 cups Read More…

Another Note on Research

Having just explained that I do not outline books…you may wonder how I can research backgrounds, both physical and social.  As of today, I can offer a new example. Usually, when I start a book, especially in a series, I have in mind a setting of some sort…my characters have shown me where they are, Read More…

Revision, Revision, Where Art Thou, O Revision?

Made it through the first 30 days of this book (book-days, not our days) and straightened out the more obvious problems.  Then came a floating scene…one I’d labeled “move to where it belongs”…that dragged behind it a big important Event connected–alas–to a particular timing that no longer had space to fit it in.  Logical space.  Read More…