Plotting Without Pants…

Newsletter 023 – September 23, 2022 Hi, About the image: (Above the Desk) I’m wearing a t-shirt, my usual uniform for about ten months of the year (a minimal spring followed by an exceptionally long summer). All the other two months hold is an almost non-existent winter (during which I switch to a long-sleeved t-shirt). …

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How Much is Too Much…

Newsletter 018 – July 8th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: It (and another one at the end of the newsletter) were both edited extensively. The same thing has to happen to a novel before it will be ready for publication. The reasons we edit images are often obvious. Compare my original image of Habitat …

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I’m a Lefty…

Newsletter 017 – June 24th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The Globe Theatre, on the south side of the Thames, is where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. This image was taken at the new Shakespeare’s Globe, which was finished in 1997, and is a reconstruction of the original. It’s located about 750 …

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Transcribing Interviews — A Question

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

I often record interviews with people when I’m researching a book, and I’ve noticed that very few people speak without using “fillers” in their sentences. (things like “um,” “uh,” “like,” “you know,” and repeated words). They often appear in speech as a way for speakers to slow their speech long enough to come up with …

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The Doofus Character

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

Sometimes readers will more easily accept the premise if they understand what’s happening from a technical point of view. To achieve that without a huge info dump a frequent technique used in movies is to have someone who doesn’t understand ask a question. My wife and I refer to that person as The Doofus Character. …

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