Monthly Archives: September 2014

Self-editing

Once past the happy clappies of finishing a draft, it’s time for a reality check. Few publications worth bothering with have an acceptance rate above 5%. Most are considerably lower than that, as shown by the statistics on the Submissions

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The First Draft

Now for the fun part. This is where the tripod and the robots fade away as we discard torturous analogies and let the creativity flow free. There are still a few things to consider, so beware, this will be a

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Which person?

Your fingers are itching to get at that draft by now, but there’s one more choice to make. We need to decide what person the story will be told in. Most of us vaguely remember verb conjugation from school, in

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Outline: the story skeleton

We’re getting very close to the first draft now. There’s one more thing to do and one more choice to make. The thing we need to do is to convert the chronology into an outline. As I said a few

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The Protagonist and the Viewpoint

With the chronology, character maps and theme written down, we now have everything we need to tell us what the story is. Now we’re going to move on to the question of how to tell it. By the time I

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Theme

So far, I’ve been talking about a rather mechanical process in terms of robots and blueprints. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking, ‘hang on, I want to write a story, not a wiring diagram!’ So let’s take a step back

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Integrate the characters with the chronology

We have the elements of the story. We know who the characters are and what is going to happen. The next step is to integrate the two. This needs yet another version if the chronology. It will differ from the

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Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo

Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo is now available in the Qualia Nous collection of science fiction horror stories. I’ve never thought of myself as much of a horror writer, so it’s a heady experience to be in an author lineup

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Character Mapping

  So far, the characters have been stick men who lurch their way through the chronology. I do the chronology first because I need to know what the characters are going to do before I can build the people likely

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