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Shape up!

When you’ve completed your novel/script and are now ready to edit the best way I’ve found to deepen the character, plot, etc is to list the most important aspects of the piece and sift through each aspect individually—tackling each aspect one by one. Here are a few of the most important aspects of my novel that drive my character’s thoughts and actions: humor, romance, and culture. This isn’t everything (just the first three. Also included for a second round of editing is: horror, sexiness/charm factors, fear, and betrayal). I know, you can’t wait to read it now.

I already showed you a bunch of circles in my last post because they related to writing the novel—not editing. Editing is a triangle—not a straight line—at least not for this process. Grammar and Syntax are absolutely a straight line.

A quick little review of the three most important circles of writing life:

rythem1If you read my last post you know what that means. If you don’t, go read it. Read More

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The TYPE-A Writing Process

I saw a doctor two years ago because I hadn’t taken a s#*! in two days and called my sports medicine doctor who referred me to a surgeon as I requested. I knew something was wrong, a fissure or hemorrhoids perhaps and I needed surgery stat!

I got an appointment in less than an hour, and immediately left work. His office looked like the hallway of The Shining where the two dead twins stood, and then lied, bathed in their own blood. I hadn’t met him, but google said he had taught at John’s Hopkins Medical School as an associate professor, he was from the East Coast, and when he walked in—Jewish, very Jewish. I like that. My grandmother, who was a doc herself always said to see Jewish or Indian doctors (perhaps because she’s Jewish?) because they study harder. Grandma could totally be prejudice, but I put my life in this man’s hands. Read More

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