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I finally finished taking a crack at the Mugging the Muse eBook that I downloaded for free.  I haven’t gotten too much into it yet but I did read the part where she speaks about actually finishing the writing.  She has a great suggestion, which I will pass off to you, in what she calls “Candy-Bar Scenes.”

First, let me define a “candy-bar” scene.  It’s one that you’re just itching to write – something sweet enough that you can dangle it on a stick in front of yourself so that you can say, “When I’ve done these next three chapters, I’ll get to write that one.”

This happens to me all the time, but not necessarily key points, or intriguing points, in the story for me.  They just happen to be scenes that I feel like writing at the time.  I’ve written four such scenes so far, all of which I’ve reached (I haven’t written any too far into the future, although I do plan on writing a couple next week), and “integrated” into the whole, as it were.  My approach is more than just a sentence or two (her suggestion).

What I got from this is three points:

First, my writing is much, much better when I write these scenes – probably because I am “feeling the muse moment.”  Since I want to write these bits, then I do well.  Isn’t that true for everything in life, though?

Second, editing these parts isn’t all that hard.  There are things that I even I don’t know when I write them, sure, but it isn’t anything so significant that I can’t just add a word here or a paragraph there to “dolly” it up.

Third, if you make a mini-goal for yourself to get to that scene, and you achieve that goal because you need to connect where you left off and the beginning of the scene you wrote, isn’t that a good thing?

So, I counter all the negative arguments about writing your first draft from start to finish, all in a straight line.  That kind of writing just doesn’t work for me.  And since this is my story, shouldn’t I write the way it works for me?

What are your thoughts?  Do you write from beginning to end, or do you skip around like I do?


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Not a big post today, but I thought I’d post this free resource that I found yesterday.  It’s an eBook called Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Money and Love.

http://shop.hollylisle.com

Make a free account and then go to “Downloads” in the sidebar (don’t do what I did, and add things to your shopping cart and then try to check out).  There is some other stuff there but I haven’t peeked at it at all.


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Today isn’t much of a post, but I’d like to share the first short story that I ever wrote based off of a writer’s prompt.

Several people already commented on it, too, and their compliment makes me feel really good.

I apologize because I can’t seem to directly link to it, so I am linking to the reply box instead.  You scroll down to read the story.

I’ve been a writer on Associated Content, now named Yahoo! Contributor Network, for some time now, although I haven’t been very active.  Some contributors use Associated Content as a full-time job, writing close to a hundred articles a month.

Putting the quality of the articles aside – and I find that the more the contributor publishes each month, the worse quality the article – let’s talk about using Associated Content in conjunction with your blog. Read the rest of this entry »

If you have children, or if you’ve been around children, then you might know about Silly Bandz.  They are those silicon bracelets that sell for way too much money in the store and that are now banned in most schools across the country because students like to “snap” each other like rubber bands.

An ad for Silly Bandz may have existed at some point in time.  I have no idea.  I do know, however, that my three children have been infected with the Silly Bandz wave, and as a result, I ended up spending what seemed like a hundred dollars.

This is a called a fad.  (All those Silly Bandz now sit in the back of a little pouch, forgotten.)

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I’ve recently discovered the joy of writing prompts.

Writing prompts aren’t new.  They are little bits of starters for writers to begin a story, typically a short story or flash fiction.  However, they are new to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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