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fantasy novel update:
bit of a comedown from yesterday - i expected that - but still over goal. maybe more later, but i dont want to burn out.
words today: 1,613
total word count: 33,823
34% complete
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one of the things i like with writing fantasy so far is you can make up a religion and keep referencing it so at least within the world of the characters its "always been" and the reader feels like this is a whole other world.
the world im working on is essentially one where a Great Cataclysm happened to the world we know and knocked everything back to zero, and now this is a few thousand years after that went down
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fantasy novel update
words written today (so far): 2,305
total word count: 29,861
30% complete

so rebounded from yesterday's suckfest. wrote one really crazy ass scene today (its a cult!) so that got me over the hump. i expect i'll write more today but well over goal. #amwriting
my natural inclination is to procrastinate, so forcing myself to write something *every day* is part of staving off that feeling. and doing my word counts here makes me feel pressure to keep on pace.
there's going to be a lot of fixing and editing needed when im done but thats fine. i tend to get in a groove and not quite remember the niggling details i threw in in chapter 4 when im at chapter 12. but thats ok.
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fantasy novel update for friday: my worst day so far but i still hit my target. ill be making it up soon. total word count: 27,556. #amwriting
One thing I like to do is write the first line of the next scene when I’m done for the day so then next time I have something to riff off of.
A skill I seem to have is making up a story out of a few lines. I basically think it’s bullshitting. It’s what I do with those twitter stories. People’s seem to like them. It’s easier when I think of the novel as one thread of bullshit stories with a bigger meta story.
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fantasy novel update: so we ended up hitting the target and doubling it today despite my slow-ass start. total word count at 25,984 and at 26% of goal. 9 consistent days of writing. im merely at #22 on my plot sheet (of 118) so def not lost. #amwriting
i just did the first big action sequence and i know itll have major revisions in the future drafts. writing action is not one of my strong suits, i think im better at dialogue. maybe.
I use a spreadsheet and the app WordKeeper to track progress. I like all the visual reminders that I'm not just throwing words out into the darkness.
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fantasy novel update: lighter than yesterday but still doubled the daily goal, so on target. 23,600 words and counting, at 24% of goal. #amwriting
Usually by this point I'd be terrified about getting "stuck" but time traveler Oliver from a couple weeks ago did an mfing outline and I'm only at plot point 21 of 118 and I. Know. Where. I'm. Going.

It's like Biff Tannen gave me the almanac.
I check off each plot point as I write it out like a real weirdo
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All right, gather 'round, all you #AmWriting clowns! Since she just got ANOTHER email with a writer/editor type misidentifying it, today Aunt Bloody Rose is gonna learn your ass what the hell the passive voice ACTUALLY IS!
There is a lot of confusion. Don't worry; it's not your fault! It's all the fault of grammar lunatics Strunk & White and their stupid-ass Elements of Style, in which they say "avoid passive voice" and then give you a bunch of "examples," 75% of which do not contain passive voice
I think it stems from the connotations of "active" and "passive." Passive is boring, right? Active is, well, dynamic! Avoid boring sentences! That's good advice!
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Novel update: Oh my look what I have done today. Over 21,000 words in 7 days. Pretty pleased with myself. #amwriting
Without jinxing myself but because I've gotten this far and didn't expect to, I'll say the story is in the epic fantasy genre but with probably more diversity and politics than usual in the genre. So. We'll see where it goes.
Elevator pitch version: Game of Thrones meets Roots.

Okay I've said enough, won't jinx it anymore.
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Novel update: weak start to the day but will get more done later #amwriting
if anything this ongoing battle with writing a novel has taught me is that i am definitely someone who needs to outline and plot vs writing by the seat of my pants. because now i have guidelines and the oliver guy who left me plot notes came up with some good stuff to riff on.
me, a few days ago: ok, so here are the bullets for how the plot will go
me, today: wheee, ok so this bit of writing over here and then this aside and whee
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Day 6 of the new novel project comes to an end and my arms are tired #amwriting
Writing fiction is weird. I had a character today set in motion some events that were not on my very detailed outline and now I have to figure it out. Eventually.
I have a character who is very evil but I'm trying to take cues from Killmonger in Black Panther and at least have her think she's in the right from her twisted pov
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Novel update: Kind of a slacker day today but still above my bare minimum goal of 1k/day. Over 14k words in 5 days so not shabby. I think I write better earlier in the day. #amwriting
if youve followed me on this before you know i have concerns about writing too short but im being extremely ambitious this time. targeting 100k words. but this time i wrote a detailed af outline with 118 (!) bullet points. thus far im only at bullet number 16.
i had to really go against the grain here with the bullets cause usually id say

- and then she goes to the house and stuff happens

but now i have

- she goes to the house, picks up her keys, puts a dress on, cooks lunch, then leaves
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Today in pulp I'm looking back at the wonderful world of Olivetti!
Founded in 1908 Olivetti soon came to the fore as a typewriter manufacturer, before expanding into other products in the 1950s and 60s.
But what set Olivetti apart was its incredible focus on design as well as engineering: architects, graphic artists, printers and scientists worked side by side to develop the best products they could.
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To all the writers who are feeling down today. Those with rejections piling up. Those with fears no one will ever read your beloved book. This is a thread for you. The story of a cursed book and a 13 year journey of perseverance. #amwriting
Thirteen years ago, I came up with the idea for a book called The Camelot Code. Where a young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the future and Googles himself and realizes his destiny and decides he doesn't want to go home....
I sold the book to an independent romance publisher who had started a YA line. It was a two book deal and they asked me to do the other book first. But by the time I got to Camelot Code, they had closed their YA line. And they dumped the book.
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In which we discuss the highlights of creating 30 articles in 30 days

As part of @joseroado 's #1001November challenge
Procrastination is my weakness

I had been spending more time writing on twitter than creating long form pieces for my blog

The ‘Flyer’ had taken precedent over the ‘Gig’

So I committed to write a 1001 word + piece every single day in November
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Had a run-in with an old poem I wrote. Thought I would share.
#amwriting #poetry

Today I am the dove.

As a child, growing up in St Louis
I embodied the red of the cardinal.
The fires in my soul shown bright and
flamed eternally, it seemed.
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As a late teen, I experienced the blue bird.
Learning of my illness and coming to terms
With my incurable crohn’s disease.
A trail of tears, pain, and anger.
My body’s betrayal.
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As a young adult, I became the hawk.
The spiraling up into new horizons.
The keen pursuit of my career and
Of a family to call my own.
3/
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I get asked for writing tips a lot. Of all the ones I’ve given, here are a few of the ones that seem to hold true and remain somewhat universal or at least mostly unobjectionable:

#amwriting #writingtips
1. If you are a fast writer (i.e., if you compose first drafts very quickly) then you absolutely must become a slow editor. Much of what I call “writing” is really, for me, editing.
2. If you don’t read you cannot write a lot or well. Sure, maybe you can read like a maniac for a decade and then read less after that, but without some large volume of intake, there will never be a meaningful output.
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I haven't done a writing-advice thread in a while because I was so busy working on my WIP, but now that I'm done, how about a chat on the top 5 developmental issues I see as an editor? 📚🖊️💕✨ #amwriting #amediting #writetip
One of the most common issues I see in manuscripts I edit is that the conflict isn't personal enough to the main character. They're doing their own thing, trouble ~happens~, then they have to avoid, fix, or triumph over the (impersonal) trouble.
The problem there is that the story could be happening to literally anyone. Some stories can make this sort of impersonal plot work, but most of the time, the more personal you can make the conflict the better.
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If you’re a survivor and/or have to be on Twitter for work/community?

May I suggest browsing Twitter by lists or hashtags today?

Here’s one based on The top 200 women of color on Twitter.

mobile.twitter.com/tinustuff/list…
The #cutebaby hashtag is currently not full of nonsense. Just cuteness.Baby clothes and actual babies. Try the photos tab.
Top Women Futurists has some women talking about news but it’s more survivor focused.
twitter.com/marshallk/top-…
In case you want to be informed but not drowning in negativity.
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I was thinking. There's probably a lot of #writers that really want to get involved in the #WritingCommunity , but maybe don't know how or feel a little lost. So I decided to create a little guide on Book Twitter to go over the basics for anyone who needs it! A thread.
Common writing age-group acronyms:
MG = Middle Grade
YA = Young Adult
NA = New Adult (you may see a little conflict over this topic, so be wary. To quickly summarize, it's an age group between YA and A that typically depicts people between 18 - 30)
A = Adult
Common writing terms:
Beta Reader = Someone who reads and gives you feedback on the early drafts of your story. They read bc they enjoy.
CP/Critique Partner = A partnership where you read their story and they read yours for feedback.
1st, 2nd (X)st draft = stages of editing
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Strap in, #amquerying and #amwriting Twitter! Time for some primo, uncut #writingtips from an agent.

Something I've been thinking about this week wrt a particular type of #nonfiction book proposal:

The one structured around Examples Of A Phenomenon.

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For these, first proposal draft submitted to me is usually structrd such that 1 chapter = 1 example.

E.g.,
Intro: This book seeks to answer the eternal question "what is a sandwich"
Ch 1: Hot dogs
Ch 2: Burritos
Ch 3: Falafel pita
Ch 4. Choco taco
...
Conclusion

2/
This is a dumb example on purpose, but you see what I mean--it's basically a listicle. The chapters could be anything: Countries Doing Austerity, Stolen Artwork In Museums, 10 X That Changed Y

And the form can work, but it's trickier than it looks because...

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In an ordinary town, on an ordinary street, there is an ordinary house. A little older than any other house, but ordinary, nonetheless. If you passed this house you wouldn’t think twice about it. In fact, you wouldn’t think about it all.

(1)
Unless.

(2)
Unless she wanted you to think about it.
If she wanted you to see the house, you would. You would want to go to this house and you would want to walk up to the door.

(3)
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sign up for my email lists (one for #writing, one for #music) & get free mp3s with each update! juliaserano.blogspot.com/2018/08/sign-u… #amwriting #LGBTQ #queer #feminism #bands
...the first mp3 will be "Bath Tub Orgasm" - pretty sure it's the only song ever to reference sex toys, the band BTO, and "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. you can listen to it here: bitesize.bandcamp.com/track/bath-tub… - and get a FREE copy if you sign up for the email list(s)!
...btw I will attempt to perform a *soft vowel sounds* version of "Bath Tub Orgasm" at my August 29th show (w/Scorpio Moon & @PolyPamBand), details in the photo. and here's the link to the FB invite for the show: facebook.com/events/9313503… #LGBTQ #queer #music #bands
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Writing deadline Monday. 😬

I anticipate several stages in the writing process this weekend.

First, pep talk time! #amwriting
But then I'll reread my earlier drafts...
And try to come up with new ideas...
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1 / DEPLORABLE WORLD
A story written with no plan or script through nano-chapters using the prompts from #vss365 #AmWriting #SunScribbles #SunWIP #SciFi #Satsplat #BadWordSat
#Swim steady and firm”, 15 yr old David told the others. They had been prepared. Their go-bags had the clothes approved by Deplorables and they had a small list of safe-houses in the mainland. All the adults in the island died do make their escape possible. #vss365 #AmWriting
In the mainland, it was safer to marry the kids to each other. They would live with their assigned parents according to the fake identity genealogy. What used to be known as the #cycle of abuse had been normalized. They had to blend in and hide in plain sight. #vss365 #AmWriting
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No evidence: the drug wore off, he used a condom, she woke up confused and drove home after the humiliating conversation. They were friendly the day before and she accepted his offer to stay over instead of taking the road so late. No witnesses. The perfect #crime. #FicFri
Overdose survived. She flirted with him until he invited her over again. She denied him nothing in bed, she was #obsequious. “I’ve got a surprise”, she said, and massaged his feet as he sipped the wine she gave him. He died of sepsis a week later. #vss365 #AmWriting
“He committed #treason against the sacred dojo. He disgraced the sport”, they said. “Perhaps. I am still going to the cremation ceremony. We must protect our art and not speak ill of a dead coach”, she said. “If he has a #soul, it will burn in hell”, they said. #FP #FridayKiss
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