Writing Category

The Elements of Style.

I bought this book by William Strunk jr. and E.B. White many years ago, but being someone who failed his English exam quite miserably not a lot of it made much sense.

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Thank You.

To everyone who read and commented on the first chapter of my book.

I appreciate your time and efforts.

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That Scary Moment When.

You upload your work to the internet for critique. It’s the first time you’ve let someone read your work, and I mean the only person whose eyes have seen this is you, and up load it to the interwebz.

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Chapter One.

Below is the first chapter of my novel, ‘Where There Are No Eyes’.

Please read and critique. Be brutal but don’t be a dick about it. “I like it” or “I don’t like it” are pointless remarks. Why do you like it, why don’t you like it?

This is only a second draft running at 6.5 pages and 1384 words.

Where There Are No Eyes follows Detective Chief Inspector Robert Carter as he tries to solve a series of horrific murders while dealing with his own personal problems, a promise he shouldn’t have made, and bureaucratic nonsense.’

Enjoy.

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Can’t Get My Head In Gear.

Woke up today wanting to get some writing/editing done as usual. Went through my morning routine, got the computer fired up and i’ve sat here for nearly 2 hours and edited exactly nothing.

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“Shit!” Said Pointless.

And damn right you should be saying shit mutha fucka (to be said in the voice of Samuel L Jackson). Today (July 18th) I edited chapter 7 of ‘Where There Are No Eyes’ (formally Shadow of Doubt) which had a character whose purpose seemed a little pointless. He just seemed to be filling a hole and checking a minority box.

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Editing: Redundant Information.

While editing chapter 3 last week I realised a lot of information in this chapter is mirrored in chapter 7. This basically means the information in chapter 7 is redundant and not really needed, except I need it there. I also need it in chapter 3.

Dilema.

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Writers BLOCK!

DUN DUN DUUUN!

I have to admit, I don’t like the phrase.

I have to point out at this point, some writers don’t get “writers block”. These I suspect are people who have been writing for a long time and didn’t just decide one day while working in their Orwellian cubical, where if you even think, ‘I hate my job’ the thought police will drag you away to room 101. And if you return you’ll not only be a studious worker but you’ll be on the fast track to management. Good for you.

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When Should You Rest?

Every weekend or when your book is complete?

When is the best time to drop the pen, down tool, take a nap without the deadline nightmares. Though those nightmare usually feed a good story. Rest is important to us all and if you have to commute to work then you get some. Because once you leave work you’re done for the day and or weekend.

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Setting Writing Goals.

Will make your book writing process less scary because if you sit back and think to yourself;

“Today I’m going to edit that 900 page manuscript”
Then you open page 1 and and get started. 4 hours later you’re on page 4 of 900. It’s at that moment you realise;

“Shit! This is gonna take me FOR EVA!”
And yes. Yes it will, with that lazy ass attitude. Cowboy up and get to it!

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