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Reordering The Actions

For those who might be interested… In an earlier post, I outlined the predicted structure of SILVER ON THE ROAD, as follows: Part 1: Flood Part 2: The Road Part 3: A Magician Part 4: Bones and Stone Part 5: Silver on the Road Part 6: Spanish Flu Part 7: The Dust Roads As of […]

Mix, knead, rest. Repeat.

The great and horrible thing about multiple projects is that even when one’s in a resting phase, the others need kneading. So while I let Silver on the Road sit for a bit, I’m going full-tilt on Gin & Tonic #4 (due in July), and restarting work on Sylvan Investigations #3. It’s actually sort of relaxing, being […]

“They’re fools, young rider. You know what happens to fools, here.”

I’ve created the Damage Board (where I sort out how much worse the characters are at the end than they were at the beginning). I’ve determined the subplot for the next book. I’ve figured out who lives and who dies. I have Draft 0 of SILVER ON THE ROAD (The Devil’s West #1) Now – […]

Words Are as Words Will

Some people can write five or six or ten thousand words in a day, and suffer no ill effects. Some people are pleased if they manage a thousand. There’s no ideal speed (so long as you hit your deadline) and the writer who goes at a slow and steady pace is no better a writer, […]

some people don’t understand me when I talk to my screen….

Today, as those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen, I wrote my way into a massive conflict between Story & Outline. Decided to give them pistols at 10 paragraphs, and let them sort it out. Much to my surprise, that worked. Or rather, what worked was, I looked at History and […]

Weekend Wisdom (?) from the Wordwar Room….

For newcomers: the wordwar room is an online co-writing session, wherein convivial peer pressure (in 30 and 60 minute ‘wars’) makes the words happen.  Also the griping, whinging, and idea-testing.  The room runs 24/7, with members across the globe. Any serious-about-it writer is welcome to join us. ——————- Ideas are easy.  Execution is where you […]

“I am terrified, but I’m not afraid” (a writing year in review)

This is a story about a story.  But it’s more than that. Somewhere in early 2012, I’d started working on a story, set in the same universe as my short stories “Crossroads” and “The Devil’s Jack” (forthcoming in DEAD MAN’S HAND).  But about three thousand words in, I realized that there was more here than […]

In The Beginning: Begin, and then Begin Again.

Every story opens in its own way, with the slow lead-in or the sudden drop into action, the burst of dialogue or a detailed description of the setting.  But when I write that first line, the very first time I open a file, and type “chapter one?”  I always (okay, 98% of the time) start […]

State of the Meerkat, revision edition

This week I’ve been head-down on the final push to get GIN & TONIC #3 into submission draft shape (aka “where I don’t flinch at the thought of my editor reading it and telling me what STILL needs to be fixed”). The problem with reading your draft out loud: by the time I get to […]

Tease Tuesday for September 3

As I started last week:  every Tuesday I’ll take a small chunk of something I’m working on – fantasy, mystery, mainstream, whatever… and post it.  No titles, no other info, utterly random. Y’all can give feedback or not, as you wish.  Or even try to guess what it’s from, if you’re so inclined.  There may or […]