Nanowrimo: Some things about long writing sessions and daytime writing sessions. I have my brain spasms at night

Nanowrimo 2013 Word count, 13546:

There are people who really thrive in long writing sessions. Others get paid big bucks to sit in a room and write and rewrite scripts and it requires that they work long hours. It must be nice, I guess. Considering some of the lousy stuff out there, some people think it is more about who you know than what you know or whether your material is any good. Well that is not as much true as you think.

So much of it has to do with your ability to organize your time and pack the most into your day possible. It’s like any business, it is a numbers game, and the more you can write in a shorter time, the more likely you will have -something- that you can use for income. Sometimes people get lucky and get some kind of break so their material gets out there and produced, but generally people who get work do so because they work a lot.

So even though it is true, and universally understood that there is some crap coming out of Hollywood, cut a little slack, because those people work pretty hard to get to material that is worth something. Can you imagine the giant piles of stinky garbage the people who buy scripts have to go through to find something worth doing for their studios? Yeah, no thanks. They deserve the money they make to tolerate that.

As for me, at least for now, I have this luxury of being able to have short sessions. I only like to write 1000-1500 words a day, and I like to write at night, when I am tired. My mind is more lucid when I’m tired. It also helps if I have a little ganja, but I sadly do not have any. Sometimes I have some ganj for a couple of days a week for my sessions and that helps keep things loose and lubricated up there, as long as I don’t over do it and as long as I don’t do it every day.

I’m falling a little behind on my trajectory for nanowrimo. I am going to have a double session to make up for it, but I will not do it all at once. I will space it out so I have two sessions in one day.

Yesterday’s session got into the characters evaluating some information they received from the dad of one of the dual protagonists. Some of what they heard seemed contradictory, but he was not able to complete his thoughts when he gave them, and he will continue later to clear things up.

i have my brain spasms at night

i have my brain spasms at night

Nanowrimo: I won’t get the two-week doldrums because I am writing for two

Nanowrimo 2013 Word count: 12377

So, about those doldrums, the two-week doldrums that the nanos warn against. I it’s not possible for me to get them. The reason is I’m writing for two.

One of the characters in my book is a writer, for anyone not catching on, I have to write his material too, because a part of this book is some of his writing, some prose, some poetry, one or two vignettes, and guess what else, a short novel. So yeah, this whole doldrums thing is outside the realm of possibility, because if I get tired of the main story, which is not even very likely, I can just switch over to this “other personality” and get busy with his material.

In the recent session I finally got into the fun stuff. It is a part of the story that I love the most, where the old school business guy kind of schools the young kids about business and the approach to making adjustments to meet the new situation in the country. There is more of this in the book, but I am glad I finally cracked that scenario.

And, guess what else. They eat Bison burgers.

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NaNoWriMo day six, almost a whole week! wow

Ok, I am way into it now. Totally getting it done. After today it will be my first full week of writing.

Word count is at 10100 right now.

Today’s writing introduced the dad of one of the dual protagonists. We are getting ready to get into some of the more fun, business aspects of things now because he is getting ready to expound on the purpose of business, what he learned about the energy industry, and from that experience, and the adjustments society is getting ready to make going into the future.

At Nanowrimo they talk about the two-week doldrums.. I am not sure if that is a problem for me, and if I remember I will explain why in tomorrow’s post and word count update.

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I was offered the opportunity to get a free Micro Touch Razor if I wrote a review, and here is my honest review for the Micro Touch

I tried this razor, you might have seen it on TV, it is called the “Micro Touch Razor“. I thought it was interesting, I was allowed to have one as a promotion in exchange for writing an honest review, and this is my honest review. As in, what I really think.

What I know now, that I did not know before I used the Micro Touch is multi-blade razors are a SCAM. Just think about all that plastic in the landfills from disposable razors. That kind of thing really bothers me. It’s just something they do to get you to buy more things and it is awful because it fills up the landfills. I probably have a pickup-truck full of plastic razors just from myself in the landfills and I am just one guy. So think about one pick up truck for 10 million different guys, just from my generation. That’s ten million pick-up trucks full of scammy plastic razors all in the landfills for no good reason. How terrifying.

So let’s talk about the shave. I remember that my dad had something like this. It worked the exact same way. You turn the bottom and the blade carriage opens and there is a blade in there. I used to play with it because it was fun and mechanical and interesting, because little kids like that stuff. This one is actually nicer than my dad’s because he is really cheap, but don’t tell him I said that. The other thing that is noticeably different than my dad’s is the blades. These blades are so much thinner than may dad’s blades were. Then I opened the package with all the blades they give you, I think I have enough blades for at least a year, and I have to shave a lot because I am really manly, they gave me 24 blades. I noticed how thin the packages with each blade are. I  am going to be really straight with you here, Micro-Touch blade that is wrapped inside the outer paper envelope is thinner than the paper. I could not believe it. I think that is a part of the success of this product.

It’s the thinness of the blade. That’s how you get a close shave, not with a lot of blades, but with one, super sharp, super THIN blade. That’s the deal with the Micro Touch. So now when I am shaving, you know how it goes right? I’m standing up there in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, and I have this kick-ass, macho 50’s looking razor, like when men were men, and this gorgeous woman comes up and puts her arms around my shoulders and then takes her hand and strokes my face and squeezes her cheek against mine. There is this little bit of shaving cream that gets on her face and I don’t tell her about it because it’s funny and cute, and then.. well, you know what happens.

I am not some kind of hawker, I had a chance to test this thing out if I promised to write a review, and this is “what is”, it’s my honest thoughts about this razor. I won’t be using a different razor than this one. If I lose it, I will buy another one, and if I am getting on a plane where they won’t let you take razors and metal things because of the paranoia conditioning, then I will get one of the new waxed cardboard disposable razors for my trip and have them sent to where I am going, and I will wish I have my Micro Touch with me.

Micro Touch website product shotI’m not even getting paid to link to their website, that’s how good t is.

Downline and MLM businesses

I have never been one for the MLM networking, but I am a good programmer and site builder, and I now have the knowledge to build a matrix/ downline type website. If there is someone who has ever wanted to have your own, and has all the connects and networks to promote in, then you can contact me and I will consider building you one.

I know the difference between and honest business and a Ponzi scheme, so don’t waste my time with silliness.business puzzle

Writers who don’t need editors

Have you ever seen a book that had a typo, or some kind of grammatical mistake and you noticed it? You probably have, and you remember it. That is why writers need Editors. Seriously, don’t kid yourself. I am never satisfied with my work, not even the work on my blog. I would never think about putting anything out for serious release without getting some outside help.

A colleague was telling me about a recent discussion he was having with some fellow writers and some of them were ridiculing the idea of having an Editor. I do not know them, they might have had a bad experience or something, but really, they are kidding themselves.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)

poere over you work and have someone else do it too

There is a difference between Editing and proofing. All Editors proof, but proofing is not Editing.

Proofing is raw-checking something, without software. Poring over the material word by word and correcting spelling,  punctuation, spacing and grammar. There is no real Editing. It is simply taking the text as it is and making those types of fixes, with no changes of structure or formatting of any kind. Proofing can happen before or after the edit.. sometimes both! Sometimes a second person proofs or finishes, after the Editor does the edit.

Editing is deeper. Editing includes deconstruction where necessary, flow, adjusting syntax and looking for ways to increase the efficiency of the read. Many great thinkers and visionaries simply cannot write in a way that the average reader can follow them, so they need help breaking down long thoughts and sentences into shorter ones, and usually a little bit of help determining paragraph breaks. Also, the writing of most people is “patchy”, it may change in pattern based on the mood they are in, how tired they are, whether they missed that cup of coffee, or any range of influences. Consistency is important, and so is the quality of having that “tumbling” effect where one sentence leads to the next and does not let the reader off the pages without regret, and the impatience of wanting to get back to it as soon as possible. A good Editor can locate those moments in a writer’s style and help make sure there is that sort of consistency and flow as much as possible.

Sometimes writers with vivid imaginations really do not know how to form an honest sentence. It does not mean they do not have thoughts, or that they can’t think well, it can be that they are just not adept with organizing their thoughts all the time. There is nothing wrong with admitting this and getting some help.

Finally, a good Editor does something important when they edit. They are a boon to Publishers because they pre-format the work by getting it into the correct page style for the type of work it is. All a good formatter has to do now is tweak the page formatting and the kerning (the character spacing) to make the work flow from page to page and to make it easier on the readers eyes. The more work you do for the publisher, the more likely they are to choose you.. and an Editor wants you to be chosen, because then you will become their repeat business, as your Publisher becomes repeat business for you.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)