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Novel Update – June and Six-Month Check-In

June What Dreams is at 41,714 words, up from 39,013 in May. So… eh. About average, still not getting that monthly number up by very much. As with last month, I’ve done a good job writing on weekends, I even hit my weekly goal in one Saturday-Sunday stretch, but I hardly ever write on weekdays since…… Continue reading Novel Update – June and Six-Month Check-In

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How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

Part 1 explains what the heck I’m doing here, and also all the plot-related stuff in the My Story Can Beat Up Your Story system by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. This part is about character roles. Schechter breaks them down as follows: Protagonist Antagonist Protector/Mentor/Window Character – The keeper of the hero’s moral compass. Deflector/Bad example – Tries…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

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Novel Update #5: On Points of View

What Dreams Update: I’m at 13,590 words, and the outline board looks the same. The real takeaway from this month is that moods change, and it helps to get to know yours. I spent most of the month hating this novel and every word I’d written of it, I think we all have moments when you…… Continue reading Novel Update #5: On Points of View

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Novel Update #4: Scene Lists

What Dreams Update: My outline board looks the same, and I’m at 11,792 words. I’ve been doing some editing and scene replacements this month, so the word count hasn’t changed a lot. On Scene Lists and Editing: I’m almost done with the first section! The protagonists will have left planet number 1 by next month. I…… Continue reading Novel Update #4: Scene Lists

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On Goal Calendars for Writing

I’ve made one more addition to my writing regime: A calendar/checklist for “having written a page that day.” I was going to mention it in my monthly novel update for April, but it was longish and I thought it might be useful for people if I broke everything down into details. There are any number…… Continue reading On Goal Calendars for Writing

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Novel Update #2 – With notes on my outlining process

I must confess, I hardly touched What Dreams for most of March, but then last week I had Spring Break and made excellent progress. I’m at 3,902 words, and my outline board looks like this (mostly the same):  Cats sold separately. This month, I… * Continued to fine-tune my outline process. I still adore my outline…… Continue reading Novel Update #2 – With notes on my outlining process