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I read somewhere that fiction shouldn't have perfect grammar. I don't recall where, so I did a 2-minute drill:

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Looking over what I managed to accomplish in the first couple of months I decided that instead of the LibreOffice default style I should format the manuscript for submission because I really like my story even though I know it will need a lot of work after the first draft is completed.

Now here is where my "amateur status" really shines because it took me almost two hours to figure out how to do the formatting to an existing document!

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I updated and reformated my stories ]Thread list so I will be ready to do some writing after church services tomorrow (January 1, 2017).

Today I did a few minor corrections/additions to my story while plowing ahead to "the rescue" which starts January's post.
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Do over! I was going through my file copy and the margins seemed wrong so I checked and sure enough my saved file still had the default settings even though I am positive I had changed them. I fixed the margins and while doing that a scene became clear in my mind which was fuzzy for me earlier. I find it amazing how that very brief interruption allowed my mind to catch up with what my characters were thinking about!
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That kind of break is very precious!

I'm reading a book on "MacGyvering" by the guy who wrote the actual screenplays for the series. And he's using that technique: Give a task to your subconscious, spend some time focused on something else entirely, and wait for the answer to pop up once you turn back to the original question.

]The MacGyver Secret, by Lee David Zlotoff

It's fun to read and quite promising.

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Necessary process.

Yesterday I added a scene to TABA but somehow I totally missed the reason for the scene which caused it to look out-of-place in my mind. So I did some editing to tie up the loose ends and cause the scene to make sense to the reader.

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Good job!

This is much better than sticking in that scene and delying the loose ends to an editing pass. Glad you're doing it this way.

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Chore,

I have been working on my "hymnal project" since 2014, doing the work of a small army according to what I see in other hymnals anyway.

Today I finally finished topical entries that start with the letter "J" and can start working on the letter "K."

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Congratulations for finishing a letter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Royal Pain! It took me almost an hour to track down all the references I had to change for the H1 rescue scene...

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But you did it, and your story got that much better because of it.

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I edited the TABA Story Bible today to include some information I will need both now and later.

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Challenge! I woke up this morning with the word "really" on my mind for some reason. On a whim, I did a search and saw that I was using that word a lot in my story and that got me to thinking about other ways to say what I was saying without using the word "really." This led me to discover a few typos and to write a major change in how two of the paragraphs were written in my November Post. It took awhile but I like the end result much better than I did when I first put down those paragraphs. emoticon

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Hurrah! That's really good work. emoticon (I'm serious. It is.)

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Trap!

Rolling edits like I have been doing are good in many ways. I don't even want to think of corrections and changes I have caught on my own while doing the edits. But, I think they can also become a story ending trap without some discipline being exercised on how long you spend on them.

Yesterday I had the wild thought in my head concerning a single word and started trying to see if there wasn't a better way to say what I wanted to say without using that word in ONE scene.

This morning I started out again looking for that word and before I knew it, I discovered I had spent almost two hours in editing without advancing the story by a single word! The stories word count increased but the story itself was still stuck with Mona asking a question and that won't work, not if I want to finish the story before November at any rate.

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Yes. Things like 'word-searching' should be left until the first draft is done. Just jot down a note to 'seek & destroy' usages of "really." (And other words as well. Which can wait for now.)






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Do whatever works.

I have never, ever searched for overused words in my manuscripts. I catch them in my rolling edits, or in the final edit where I read the whole text out loud.

This is nothing to really worry about. You just found out something that doesn't work for you. Awesome. Another step in creating a system that does work for you.

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Savior! emoticon

While reviewing the final rescue scenes I suddenly realized that back in December I said the Shuttles were unavailable and then in January I went and had one of them launch to create room for the final rescue scene. Oops... So I went back and changed it so that the Shuttles were preparing for flight if needed but since the Pods can respond faster they would be the vehicles being used.

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There ya go. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Chore!

It seemed like it took me forever to edit my story bible today because Runboard doesn't have a bb code for superscripts and I didn't want to create a CSS bb code hack to do it on this board.

Once I figured out how to write them I went ahead and added everything I could think of that will come into play in the story.

So I didn't add much to the story but I did add over 400 words to the story bible.

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That is definitely writing!

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So being pleased with myself on "covering the bases" I discovered that I had missed a few characters in my story bible! Editing never ends!
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Since I was kind of "brain dead" today I cleaned up my "story bible" entries. Now all people are listed by their first name instead of being listed by their public form of address.

I was going to do this anyway so doing it when the imagination is on idle seemed like the perfect opportunity...

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Are they listed in the order they showed up in the story?

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Currently, the story bible is just an alphabetical list of things, places, and people that show up in the story. The timeline is all in my head but follows a close to linear, unfolding of scenes and events. I add to it as things happen so many of the entries are "one-liners" at this stage of the game. It is far smaller and less detailed than Kami Garcia's notebook but it IS growing! emoticon

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I think a series bible is a good idea, especially if you plan to create a large one. (Thrillers come to mind, but also fantasy...)

I have to admit that I've resisted this for a long time. I want to believe I can keep it all in my head, but the truth is, I have scattered notes lying around...

Since I now own two programs that'll let me organize my writing, I should get more diligent with keeping my notes there.

Rick: Good use of brain-dead time!

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I have made it to the "L's" in my hymn books topical index cross-reference. emoticon

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That must be tedious work...

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It is and it isn't something I would do for a living. The hard part is figuring out what to do when things don't match and that can take days to resolve.

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