beware the jubjub bird

here we go again

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Out with the old, in with the new: after taking about a week "off", it's been back into writing stories, this time the Clockmakers story. And of course I wasn't really taking time off. I was instead taking some time up front to make sure I knew the end of the story, the point toward […]

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writing is such a chaotic sport

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Justine Musk (who always has amazingly clever things to say on the topic of wordsmithery) talks about outlining, and why outlines change: This is what took me way too long (and three published novels) to figure out about plot: Plot is a process. …the outline informs the novel but the growing novel also informs the […]

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i bet i'll give up before it's written

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In a move that surprises absolutely no one but me, I have come to a decision: outlines are not my style. Seriously, now, stop laughing. I would love to be one of those writers who outlines; it seems ever so much more efficient and streamlined a process than my own, which is to know a […]

it's all about the whimsy

nose to the grindstone

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Pledged is duly rechapterised, and I'm celebrating by … starting another project straight away. Yeah, it's not particularly smart, there's this little thing called downtime which I hear is really effective in guarding against burnout… but this project (untitled, like all my new projects, which makes blogging about them tricksome at best) is a short […]

away come away

the burning lake

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If you peer into the burning lake, you may be able to see the pinnacle of the drowned temple, which is what you see the tour guide and driver doing here: I can't put my finger on precisely why, but I absolutely love this picture. Spent today attempting to knock out something approaching an outline […]