Category Archives: Writing Craft

Sicut scriptum est facere

I spent much of yesterday hard at work on a really fun project: three Roubo folding book stands. After watching Roy Underhill knock one out on the Woodwright’s Shop, I became fascinated by the oddball joinery of the piece. The … Continue reading

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On Crutches, and Winning NaNoWriMo

Day 3: Limping Along or Running Full Tilt? It’s not a binary really, NaNoWriMo. You’re never just doing one or the other, but it can feel that way at times. My wife and I are both doing NNWM this year, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Milling the Uncarved Block

So, you’re still not sure about this NaNoWriMo thing Or maybe you don’t even know what it is. Some kind of greeting the writers of Mork & Mindy tried out? Yeah, um, no. It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’m … Continue reading

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Sequels and Second Efforts

Do you know what happens after you’ve written a book? It’s not one of those expected questions you’ll hear at a Meet The Author event. What do you do after you finish a book? Or maybe it is. I’ve yet … Continue reading

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Flag Case Project

Back in September of last year I got involved with a project to supply flag cases to the families and loved ones of fallen US service members. I’ve been slow to get started on the cases for a lot of … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 7: The Final Step

Evaluation As a procedural step for the design and construction of physical products, evaluation has a certain…”Well, duh.” quality to it. We can’t help but examine our creations, photograph them, make mental notes about what satisfies us (or not). For … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 6

Documentation Tis the season for building, that’s for sure. In between starting an editing and formatting business with a good writing friend, and working on my novel, which releases in serial form this December, I’ve been clocking time in the … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 5

Let’s get building! ..erm, writing. Let’s get writing. Up til now, we’ve focused on our project’s purpose, size, appearance, and substance. What kind of story are we telling and how long will it (most likely) be? How many different ideas … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 4

Selection – Where do we go from here? Following from Step 3 of the formula, Generating Ideas, let’s assume we’re looking at a list of possible stories. We’ve identified what we want from our story, possibly where we’d like to … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Formula – Part 3

Generating Ideas For writers, this might seem like a no-brainer and therefore a bit superfluous to include in a series on taking projects from inception through to fruition. Part of the conceit behind this blog though is to examine the … Continue reading

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