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  • Commented on Confessions of a (half-assed) news avoider
    Egad. I've started doing this. And will do it yet more, spurred by your post....
  • Commented on How to edit your NaNoWriMo novel without getting bogged down
    Yes it's part of my Reading Edit - but really all that matters is that you layer your editing so that you don't polish things you are going to cut or rewrite. For my take on fight scenes: https://www.blackgate.com/2015/05/21/how-to-write-a-good-fight-scene/...
  • Posted How to edit your NaNoWriMo novel without getting bogged down to Charlie's Diary
    It's December, so let's assume you've finished your NaNoWriMo novel with the help of that previous post of mine. Now what are you going to do with it? Please don't just bin it! There's a lot of macho advice out there, and you have to write your "gazillion words" of crap and all. And you may feel you've spewed worse than crap onto your word-processor screen. Flaunting your angst may also seem more fun than fixing your book. But, you were buzzed enough about the idea to spend a month on it, so calm down a little and consider doing the following...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Yes indeed. I was imagining her as an inexperienced fighter who was wearing a smart suit to punch above her weight. You - who invented the character - would write differently....
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Yes indeed. Generally my characters have come-downs *after* combat, shaking legs, weakened limbs, nausea sometimes. During combat depends on the character. I tend to write about professional warriors, so when they get going they just flow - the emotions come...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    There's no figuring out, just put yourself in the character's shoes and think move and countermove. I rewrote that in one pass, so it shouldn't be hard for you to do something similar. Glad you found that helpful, though. Puzzled...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Both are fine. However, the reason they feel choreographed is that the neither the other guys nor the environment are reacting. What's missing is a sense of dialogue and physicality. She flipped herself onto the walkway. The metal grille smacked...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Fight scenes are had to get right. Since the reader can't *see* the action, choreographic descriptions will lack emotional impact. However, if you drone on about emotions, then the combat loses its visceral feel - plus there really isn't time...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    The main thing is to keep the rhythm going - this is a writing tool not a litcrit one. That said, "effect" generally belongs in the World half. E.g. "My right side blazed in pain." In a sense, the boundaries...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Both ways around work. One nice thing about this approach is that it keeps the text uncluttered, meaning it's easier to apply fine-level control over nuances like this....
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    For those still reading: There's a digest of my various writing articles on Black Gate her - https://www.blackgate.com/2015/10/22/nanowrimo-is-coming/...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    My experience is that US editors like to make things utterly crystal clear to the reader, whereas European ones like the reader to infer things from actions - show don't tell. YMMV As to the order, it depends on whether...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Do you remember Scary Wordcount Lady? http://zornhau.livejournal.com/72415.html "By good words, I'm assuming you mean words I'm not going to delete or rewrite during the evening or final edit. I usually write an average of 15-20K per day, but of those...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    If you think like a coder, then I think you'd find my book useful. (If you're skint, PM me and I'll send you a "review copy")...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    I can do 4K a day if working from outline. The main thing is not to get tied in knots - wrangling text takes longer than drafting it....
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    More or less. That would be fine for a first draft - e.g. you could expand on "Goblin was ugly" during the second draft. However, for added efficiency: The goblin was ugly. "Where did you come from?" I asked. The...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Re PowerPoint Actually, as I write from outline and use diagrams (https://www.blackgate.com/2014/10/30/find-the-conflict-unblocking-or-actually-planning-your-nanowrimo-novel/) to identify my conflicts, a PowerPoint presentation would be no problem :) So, joking aside, PowerPoint is probably as good a tool as any for planning a novel....
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    There's another thing - different people's brains work in different ways. I was always plagued by big sweeping visions - swords versus tanks, Vikings storming Zeppelins - but somehow couldn't manage to turn them into dynamic stories by "just writing"....
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    > Pull your internet connection. Is good advice until you've learned how to get momentum. I used to find research and/or worldbuilding overwhelming, especially when writing historical fiction. The trick turned out to be to take a layered approach inspired...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    Oddly, when last I asked, youngish uber futurist and modern Doc Savage Hannu Rajaniemi drafts longhand. I think, if it works for you, the gains in productivity compensate for the time spent retyping -- which can also roll into copy...
  • Commented on How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo
    I think one advantage of the world-character rhythm I describe at the end of the piece is that it helps you stay inside the POV character's POV and you can do this purely intellectually if need be. I've never done...
  • Posted How to stay in the zone for NaNoWriMo to Charlie's Diary
    ...the real battle is not about motivation, but rather about getting in the zone and staying there. That's actually a much easier battle to win since the objective is clear and the opposition less nebulous. Here's what works for me:
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    I'm quite enjoying the sub plot about the revival of medieval martial arts, though. However I find the Battle of the Nations concept utterly unrealistic....
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Interesting. I think knights might well fall into a similar lifecycle. What about the - hey, WWII warships are quite handy for parking in ports where people shoot at them? Didn't that happen in the middle east?...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Cool. Supporting anecdotes anybody?...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Thanks - I have grabbed those :) If anybody is still following the comments: My original point was supposed to be that tank stories supply useful lessons about tech and change that apply to business, e.g. there are parallels between...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    "I think the attraction of tanks setting forth to battle the enemy for Western Europeans is because it invokes medieval images of knights in battle." Possibly. For me it's two fold. With my grown up hat on, I remember my...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    The story I heard was that the officers affected to hate the tanks, and didn't spend much time with their crews either....
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Anyway, bedtime for me. In case you were wondering, as of right now, Swords Versus Tanks 1 is Number 9 in Amazon's "Hot New Releases In Steampunk Fiction" http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/3559312011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr Indy publishing is like gate crashing a performance of male strippers...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    I agree about the military's need to be conservative. However, tank-focussed tactics were demonstrated in WWI, and advocated by the brighter minds. In the British military at least, there was a track record of pro-cavalry staff trying to game wargames...
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