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 Why? Why? Why?, Fiction blather...
  Posted: Feb 12 2012, 06:02 AM

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Why did a ghost suddenly appear in chapter nine? Do I want this ghost here? Does he/she contribute to the (apparently lacking) conflict in this chapter?

...drumming fingers on desk...

Why am I questioning what I set out to write some 60k words on?

Another ghost comes to whisper in my ear (echoing some of the best writer's advice I've ever received)... Let it flow, leave it all in, go where it takes you... It's easier to edit out than to create. Keep everything in the first draft...

Let's remind myself of my writer's style:
--Every time I'm in the middle of a chapter, I think it's the worst most muddled purposeless chapter I've ever attempted.
--Everytime I finish a chapter, I think it's the best chapter I've ever written.

There's only one way to get through this damn thing, and that's to muddle on...

Okay, ghost, you're on trial for now.

And the purpose of this post? The advice I've quoted above... is from a tape recording I made in 1968 when Ray Bradbury came to talk to our small group of young writers at the local library.

Thanks, Ray.


PS -- he's still alive.

Posted: Feb 14 2012, 02:28 AM

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Plot necessities accomplished, plot subtleties planted.

Not, at this stage, the world's best chapter, but it has some good parts, some romantic parts, some writing that pleases me.

Fiction marches on...!
Posted: Feb 14 2012, 05:20 AM

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You are way ahead of me. My cozy mystery has been on the back burner so long I am not sure I'll remember what is in the pot if I ever get back to it.

Non-fiction has taken over again.
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 08:50 AM

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Hi Lev,

I've lost track of how many books you have on the go. Is this the only one, or are you flipping between stories?
Definitely leave the ghost in. I bet you'll need to put something in towards the end of the book that relates back to the ghost, even if it's not a ghost, but eventually turns into an animal, or a kid, or a feisty senior.

Any tentative time line for coming our way? Don't forget you can always stay with us, and we'll squire you around.

AC, always trying to get caught up on her life
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