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Jul.08.2012
It's been a couple years, now.  After NaNoWriMo was over, and I'd hit the 50,000 word mark, it was tricky getting back in and editing those thousands of hastily written words. My friends helped comb through it, looking for the most glaring inconsistencies, jarring transitions, or confusing...
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Nov.18.2008
Oh my.  I had some things come up, and took a couple days off from writing.  Apparently a couple days ballooned into a week before I noticed!  I'm sitting at about 15,000 words, which is only about a fifth of where I should be?  How could this have happened?  What ever will I do?  Well, the good...
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Nov.07.2008
I needed another character. Worse than Diana Troy? Could be. The narrator and the protagonist were getting boring, like two guys locked in a space ship for days on end might tend to do. I was considering a female or a robot. Or maybe a female robot. The theory being that I needed something...
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Nov.06.2008
I write slower than I read. Sometimes I forget that. No, I don't have cyborg gorillas fighting robots... but I really should. After getting to 8600 words (still more or less on track) in my NaNoWriMo novel, I've had a couple situations where I was trying to capture an action scene that was going...
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Nov.05.2008
Sadly, I won $20 last night. Let me provide some background.  While back in my hometown over the weekend for a birthday party, I was arguing with a friend of mine about the attitudes of people on either side of Prop 8.  His view was that Prop 8 detractors needed to calm down and approach the issue...
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Nov.04.2008
NaNoWriMo: Enter the Protagonist Day 4: Last night I made it to 7500 words. I'm more or less on track. The characters are interesting, the short-term plot arc is forming, and I haven't had to use too many sci-fi crutches. One of the major things I'm struggling with is keeping things back....
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Nov.03.2008
All I remember from Sun Tzu's Art of War (which I read in college) could be summed up with two points: Have good advisors. Don't run out of arrows. Sound advice, really. What I've discovered is that my sci-fi attempt at NaNoWriMo has been made more interesting, fun, and exciting through the...
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Oct.31.2008
For a guy who apparently draws stick figures for a living, the chap that creates the web comic xkcd (pronounced by saying the letters) has an amazing ability to make things simple: In gearing up for NaNoWriMo, I know my notes were starting to create their own vernacular. This comic made me...
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Oct.27.2008
I was conversing with a friend of mine, who actually is a writer, trying to convince him to join NaNoWriMo. I figured that if I can do it, certainly he could. While I'm still working on getting him on board as my novel-buddy, he did share an interesting article with me. "How to Write a Novel...
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Oct.21.2008
Well, now I've done it. I've gotten myself into a whole mess of trouble. I've joined National Novel Writing Month! I've dedicated myself to putting metaphorical pen to paper with literal fingers and keyboard, and produce 50,000 words (175 pages) of pure, unadulterated genius. Or at least 50,000...
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