Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Daily Grind, Sep. 7th, '17

Riding the Blimp

          Good afternoon.  As you can see, I'm still polishing the details.  Also, this is much later than my usual posts, so I want to let everyone know that this is the new usual.  I have begun using the "Journal First, Write Second" technique first described by Sue Grafton, and that means that I write while I'm fresh, and only move to this peripheral business after my real work is done.  How is it working?  Well, I added a new scene to The Secret Society this morning.  Consider yourselves invited to stop by and see for yourself!

Friends in the Biz

          Today brought quite a flurry of interesting blog posts.  Alice E. Keyes shared an interesting writing exercise in which she was given the first and last lines of a story, and had to fill in the middle.  Michael May's Adventure Blog begins a series of podcasts in which he and his friends examine and compare the seven King Kong films.  As a footnote, if you find this page interesting, I suggest you bookmark it.  I've left several comments over a period of months, and he answers everyone but me.  I don't know whether he's angry with me, or finds me uninteresting, but either way, I'm not going to support him for too much longer if he continues to ignore me.
          Writers Helping Writers offers a method for countering the fear of creating, or more accurately, the fear of letting others critique what you've created.  Professional editor Lynda Dietz completes her three-part series on superior written dialogue by slamming oddball speech tags.  Finally, Sarah Zama has waxed profound about Tolkien's The Hobbit.  I didn't know that after he completed the much larger follow-on work, Lord of the Rings, he rewrote The Hobbit to bring it into line with the larger work, and in the process made it a much darker tale which he then declined to publish.  You hear stories about things like that all the time, and wonder what it might have been like.  No need to wonder here.  Sarah has included a link to it in her post!

          And that's thirty for today.  Be safe, get ready for the weekend, and above all else, read well and write better!

~ Jack


  1. I keep an awful lot of auxiliary files as I write, and they always include a Production file for each scene, and that's where I journal each scene. Gives me somewhere to dump the angst and the questions. Scrivener is good for that - my .scriv files are massive, and they're 99% text I typed in myself. The files serve as an external HD for my brain - digitized, and easier to scan.

    Are your journals in digital form, so you can search and highlight and copy/paste?

    1. Sorry, I've always kept my notes in longhand in notebooks, usually one dedicated to each project. The hands-on aspect feels more "real" to me, and they're much more intimidating to curious muggles.