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Monthly Archives: October 2010

What I Learned about Writing this Week…from Seeing a Friend Get Published

I’ve just returned home from a celebration honoring a guy you might have heard about before. His name is Aaron Pogue, and he is a published author…

On the Conflict Resolution Cycle: Gods Tomorrow

Tweet A week and a half ago — Friday, October 1 — I was at work when I got a call from Trish. She could barely talk, she was so excited. She finally found the words, though. “Aaron…a package just arrived. I think it’s your book.” I wanted to shout, “Well what are you waiting […]

On Narrative Structure: The Mock Table of Contents

Tweet Okay, October is already washing out from under us like sand in the surf, right? Next thing we know, we’re going to be caught in an undercurrent and sweeping toward Christmas without a lifeguard in sight. (I may have gotten lost in my metaphor there.) That’s okay. I don’t know how closely you looked […]

On Narrative Structure: Outlines

Tweet On Tuesday I told the story of the time I learned why I was such an awful baseball player: I only learned after it was over that I was severely nearsighted. I suspect my lone experience with team sports would have gone a lot differently if I’d played the season in glasses. I’ll never […]

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from Observation, Redux

Watch them when they don’t know you’re watching.

On Narrative Structure: Timing

Tweet I mentioned before that I grew up with no great love for team sports. To some extent that was inevitable, as I spent my early years living on a little country farm — my closest playmates a mile and a half down a dirt road, and neither of them my age. I learned to […]

New Weekly Schedule

Tweet Well, as I said last Thursday, in light of my ridiculously busy fall schedule, I’ve been toying with the idea of dropping my weekly Technical Writing series here at Unstressed Syllables. At the same time, I said I thought I’d probably have last week’s series for you this week. I don’t. I received a […]

On Prewriting: Assignments

Tweet Yesterday I talked about the benefits of prewriting when it comes to your NaNoWriMo novel, and I listed some of the assignments I like to go through (and give out). In the coming month I’ll go into pretty close detail on the most important ones — the ones I haven’t already covered, anyway. The […]

On Prewriting: A Schedule

Tweet This month I’ve been talking about NaNoWriMo, and how I bullied my dad and sister into writing their first novels, and my own glorious experience writing Gods Tomorrow a couple years back. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of writing a novel. Well…actually, that’s not true. There’s definitely another thrill that matches it: Holding […]