Browsing Archive: August, 2013

Structure and Outlines pt 2

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 25, 2013, In : Writing 

I have recently starting something that I am calling the Fairy Tale Project (FTP). I am working out the most productive way for me to outline and to write to an outline by doing plot breakdowns of old versions of fairy tales and then rewriting them. I've found it really easy to write using these plot breakdowns. The breakdown is basically a list of plot points, similar to what I was using for the story I was writing in February. In this case, however, I’m seeing which of those plot points a...

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Structure and Outlines pt 1

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 18, 2013, In : Writing 

On several different occasions I have talked about different methods of outlining. I have been looking for a way that would work for me for some time now, because, while I enjoy the discovery of pantsing, it takes much longer for me to finish a story that way. Often enough, I end up killing a pantsed story during the rewrites. (I have the… habit?… of complicating my stories, of adding so many layers that, by the time I’m done, the original story is almost impossible to discern. I’m wo...

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Review: The Shambling Guide to New York City

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, August 15, 2013, In : Book Review 

The Shambling Guide to New York City 

by Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guides 1

Urban Fantasy

Orbit, 2013

Paperback ¥1,384 (US$11.77)

Richly textured, well thought out, thrilling: ☆☆☆☆☆

I bought this book because I’m a fan of Mur’s podcast and had read her book, Playing For Keeps, a couple of months ago and loved it. I heard what everyone was saying about this book and, contrary to my normal policy of ignoring hype, I listened. The hype wasn’t wrong. This is a great book with ...

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200 Days

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 11, 2013, In : Update 

I’ve mentioned the Magic Spreadsheet several times over the course of the last several months. If you want to know what I’m talking about, go and check out Homecoming, the first post where I explain it.

I’ve passed several milestones in my writing recently. This week I got my (metaphorical) coin for 200th consecutive day of writing more than 250 words a day. (My average is actually in the neighbourhood of 1800 words a day.) This week I also passed the 375,000 word mark which means that...

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Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, August 5, 2013, In : Writing 

So, everyone is doing their wrap-up posts for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m no exception. We all want to share our experiences and get other people interested in taking a shot at NaNoWriMo proper when it starts in November. First, a quick up-date and then the Three Keys to a Great NaNoWriMo Experience. 

I finished the month with a little over 55,000 words on my NaNo project and over 80,000 total for the month which is more words in one month than I think I’ve ever done before, especially as pr...

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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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