Happy Holidays to all my friends, fellow writers and bloggers.
And to everyone, a good night.
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As we organized the stories in my anthology, Written Across the Genres, my great assistant, Linda Todd, used Scrivener. I bought a copy, took a tutorial, and realized there are several other tutorials available. How to use Scrivener looked manageable as I watched the video, but I’ve procrastinated because of the time involved with the learning curve. I haven’t put anything on it yet.
I’m a pantser, but I see the value of putting the chapters of my growing new novel into a form that would be helpful to keep track of them. I’ve had the experience of editing that got out of hand with 35 chapters in Hada’s Fog and I don’t want a repeat with Norman in the Painting.
Any insights from those of you who use it? Are you a plotter or pantser?
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Lisa Cron in Wired for Story on page 130, uses the analogy of earthquake fissures that lead to the big one in the life of the protagonist. The “first hairline crack and its resulting offshoots are like fault lines, running through the center of the protagonist’s world, undermining everything. As with an earthquake, the cracks tend to be caused by two opposing forces, with the protagonist caught between them.”
What is the first hairline crack in your story that starts the ultimate change in your protagonist’s life?
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Ernest Hemingway said, “A writer’s problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he lives in changes, but his problem remains the same. It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.”
The last twenty words are what brings success to a writer. Thanks, Ernest.
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I am thankful that the finish line for my anthology is close. The process has been difficult, yet delightful. I’m grateful to all the writers who submitted entries and their willingness to make revisions. The goal for the book in hand is February 1st.
I appreciate my helpers, particularly Linda Todd. Without her, the book wouldn’t be polished or ready for the press. Stacey Gustafson volunteered to contact writers for their bios etc. Jordan Bernal, Paula Chinick, and Ann Winfred appeared with their support when I became overwhelmed. Thank you all.
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Entries to the poem title contest are being reviewed by a group of writers. Results should be in by the end of next week.
Go to my Contest page if you’d like to see which one you would choose.
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Breath integrates body, mind, and spirit. As writers, we often are blocked or have due dates that create stress. BreathResearch.com says, “Studies show that even a short period of breathing awareness reduces stress and improves attention, learning and creativity.”
MyBreath Lite Founder, Nirinjan Yee, created an app for iPhone and iPad that helps you to relax, focus, and center in one to three minutes. It allows you to get a visual impression and an analysis of your breathing patterns.
There are music tracks included, one for writers, is called “The Innocent Land” by Gary Malkin. Listen, absorb, and writing will flow. One can see and monitor the breath and use the coaching tools. Regular use of the app, increases the ability to reach higher levels of optimal productivity.
Download MyBreath Lite free at iTunes app store. (Notice MyBreath is one word.)
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Paula Chinick, present president of California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, and Vi Moore, past president, celebrated with us at Paula’s house after the Las Positas College book launch on May 11th.
Jordan Bernal, Stacey Gustafson, and I are holding copies of the Las Positas’ anthology called, ALL THAT REMAINS. My short story, “Stepping Stones”, Stacey’s humorous two essays, “He’s Not That into Me” and “Hair Today Gone Tomorrow”, and Jordan’s two poems, “Get Off the Road”, and “Dreams” were published in the book.