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Fifty-plus. Career has encompassed: technical writing, tech pubs manager, programming, technical training, marketing manager, proposal and grants writer, novelist (three novels), historian (one published, two in the pipes), journalist, news editor, and photographer. I've worked in many types of software, astronomical equipment, pharmaceuticals, environmental engineering, and accounting.


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comment How do I start editing my novel?
I hear you. I asked a similar question: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4018/… And got a lot of good answers.
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answered Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.
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awarded  Editor
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revised How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
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comment Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections
Did it for you @cwallenpoole. What John says about Superman is exactly why our superheroes are being reinvented lately. If Superman's only weakness is kryptonite, his fault is outside him. If it's his sense of guilt, his childhood, his fear of becoming overweight, or what his flamboyant costume might reveal about his inner life, that's more like us, more understandable, and therefore more powerful.
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answered How can I improve my written communication skills the soonest?
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
@JürgenA.Erhard. That is the problem. In an effort to save the stories, I tend to do reconstructive surgery on the front end of the book. The question I'm asking myself at this moment is... What are those happy readers expecting at the half-way point? Maybe I could try delivering on the implicit promises I've already made in the stories.
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
@LaurenIpsum - How to answer without an essay... or a novel. Simplest response: I write what's in the meat. I've tried many forms and what my body and brain do is write novels. They creep up on me, filter through my life, and pretty soon I feel I have no choice but to let them out. But, maybe there is something to the idea of unpacking the tail end of the books to discover what breaks.
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
I would love to know how a discovery writer gets to the end of something over 50,000 words and can then read the first page and say, 'Yep, that's going where I ended up.'
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
One of my favorite all-time bad endings was Wally Lamb's 'This Much I Know Is True.' It comes in at 900 some pages and is about a hapless guy doing hapless things. In the last five pages he discovers he's an American Indian and gets wealthy from the local casino, and his girlfriend comes back to him. (I made it to the end on a promise to a friend to read the best book she'd ever read... The friendship, oddly enough, had a hapless ending.)
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accepted How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
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answered How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
I think you're right with your hunch. While I feel when I start that these foundations are in place, I think they become less convincing to me as they unroll in the narrative.
Sep
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Yes, the kinked rope is how it feels. And I've unbraided them and rewritten, sometimes from scratch. But the light and energy is wicked away and the stories get burdened with complexities. I like to write as if I am a discovery writer, but structures remain a hard skill for me.
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Lots of concrete. Several efforts to rewrite. I think the problem is less flatness than jumbling. As if I've left one side of the chasm on six-lane freeway and try to bring all the traffic in on a footbridge.
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