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Writing Quote of the Week by Christine Duncan

Here’s a thought for those of us tempted to goof off as the weather turns warmer. “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” Franz Kafka via Liam Feldstein

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And Finally…

Last lines. Well, last paragraphs. Let’s extend to last pages. They matter.

Think of a last line. Did you think of the end of Tale of Two Cities? Because that’s perfect. It encapsulates Sydney Carton’s entire character whilst also reducing us to floods of tears.

I recently read an excellent gothic thriller that, when it got to the ending, delivered such a jolt on the last page I still remember it (I’m not telling you, it’ll spoil it)

The last moments are the final impression you leave with a reader. It’s not just The End, it’s ‘this is what it all was about’ or ‘this is what happened next’ or ‘it’s all over’. It can lead to the reader cheering or crying or frightened or satisfied. It should never leave them feeling nothing.

Pay as much attention to your last line as you do to the first.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Happy Memorial Day Everyone by Christine Duncan

With grateful thanks to all who fought and died for this country.

Timeline

The best piece of advice I can give (apart from back up everything, often) is make a timeline. Make a timeline of the whole book. Make a timeline of characters lives. Make a timeline of one chapter. If writing crime make a minute-by-minute timeline if the crime. Make a timeline.

Because in amongst the rewrites and edits you’ll lose the original thread of what is actually happening. Do the timeline before or as you write – it doesn’t matter, just so long as, a year later and on your fifth rewrite, you can look up, see your timeline and know what is happening

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Computers and Writing Quote of Week by Christine Duncan

We got a new computer because the old one died. But getting my files back is a bit overwhelming. Things are jumbled. For instance, my quickbooks pulled up a 900.00 expense charge from 2005 and put it in this year. And lets not talk about my writing backups.

I want to write but I am mired in junk files. So the writing quote this week is one of my favorites. “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King.

Happy Mother’s Day by Christine Duncan

22 Hours A Day?!

I just read a profile of Danielle Steele that says she writes 20 hours a day. Put aside the fact that I don’t believe that for a minute (she has nine children and 6000 pairs of shoes – does she have a time-turner?) it sounds like an exhausting routine.

Back when I was a new writer and wondering how to do it, I’d read a lot of author profiles (before I twigged there’s no such thing as an ordinary day for a writer, we all just make it up as we go along). And then I’d try to do that too. And here’s an interesting tip – it never worked!

Apart from the fact I totally rearrange my writing routine every six months because otherwise I stagnate, I don’t think copying someone else’s routine works. If I tried someone else’s way I’d not feel right. I’d feel like I was forcing it.

I’m not saying reading other authors profile is a waste of time. I’m saying – take it with a pinch of salt. Try it if you want. You may find certain aspects of it useful. But don’t copy them blindly. Writing 22 hours a day whilst subsisting in tiny bites of chocolate might work for Danielle Steel but I would pass out by lunchtime.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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