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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
I will. I may not be able to get to it for three or four days.
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Add link to Dean Wesley Smith's blog post about myths of rewriting
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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
4. (how to learn without rewriting). As in #3. Also, when you finish reading something you like, study it to see how the author did it. Each thing you learn, either from other authors or from your own errors, becomes something you can practice. Each time you start a new project, pick one aspect of craft to focus on, and practice that while writing the new story.
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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
2. First, "obvious" was a poor choice of words. Second, I left out a step: Have a trusted reader (or several) read the story and alert you to errors. Fix the ones you agree with (as in #1, above). 3. As first readers point out errors (or as you notice them yourself), you learn the kinds of errors you make. You can practice doing that kind of thing better in the next story, and the next.
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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
1. Instead of trying to edit the erroneous bits into goodness (which I suspect is what the OP means by "rewriting"), one alternative is to throw them out and write them as if you're writing the first draft. I did that when my writer's group pointedly objected to an ending where my MC simply ran away from the problem. I threw out the ending, and wrote another one. Technically that may be rewriting, but it was in creative mode, and not the kind of "boring and tedious [editing?] process" that the OP talks about.
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answered What effect on literature has the introduction of eBooks and eReaders had?
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answered Unofficial Fan Fictions - How can I Secure Them?
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comment Is it a good writing practice to keep related elements as close as possible to each other?
Also, in the first example, the positioning of the timeframes creates a lovely parallel structure. That lends a nice rhythm, which in turn (in this case) actually aids clarity.
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answered Is there a way to know who bought my books on Amazon?
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answered I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
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revised Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
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