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After RWA

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Well RWA is over.  Everybody who went is heading home.  Thus begins what I tend to refer to as the drought of decent blog reading. Why is that?  Well, there are only so many accountings of all the fun that was had, people that were met, and rehashes of assorted panels that were given.  It’s […]

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Getting Back Into Good Habits and A Last Thought On Plotting

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Summertime seems so much to be a time where things relax.  School’s out (usually), people go on vacation, diets lapse (what, you can’t tell me that’s only me), schedules become less of a must do thing.  I think it’s a necessary step in the course of the year so that we don’t just explode. It […]

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Playing Catch Up and Calling All Winners!

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After a week in which I wrote 8586 words in blog posts (just here–not counting what I’ve done on my cooking blog Pots and Plots), made a major revision and reoutlined the last half of my current WIP, and made a revision/edit pass on the existing 40k of my current WIP, I needed a break […]

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From Pantser To Plotter: Why Plot?

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It’s been a big week here at Shadow and Fang.  I think I’ve written my two longest blog posts to date.  If you’ve stuck with me this far, congratulations.  You clearly have stamina!  So far I’ve talked about Why The Pantser Fears Plotting, My Problems With Pantsing, the Craft and Organizational methods I use in […]

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From Pantser To Plotter: My Conversion, Part 2

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So yesterday I talked about the aspects of craft that are very important to my plotting.  I warn you, this is another tome and has lots of screenshots.  Bear with me.  Today I want to talk about organization.  I think this is one of the stereotypical fundamental differences between pantsers and plotters.  There’s this notion […]

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From Pantser To Plotter: My Conversion, Part 1

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My going from Pantser to Plotter has been a multi-step process. There is a misconception, I think, among pantsers that to be a plotter you must become some kind of Plot Nazi with notecards and color coded charts and every single aspect of every scene figured out before you ever put pen to paper or […]

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From Pantser To Plotter: Why The Pantser Fears Plotting

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When Lynn did her call for Left Behind and Loving It contributors this year, I decided right off that I wanted to do a series chronicling my shift from pantser to plotter.  It’s a conversion that many have made and even more fear.  There’s this idea that one is born a pantser or a plotter […]

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Getting Ready To Be Left Behind And Loving It

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The fabulous Lynn Viehl, Paperback Writer, each year does an awesome online blog conference for those of us not going to  RWA (either because we don’t want to, can’t afford it, won’t fit our schedules, or whatever).  Not only does she always write a series of fabulous and informative posts herself, but she links to […]