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Monday, October 22, 2012

Final Blog Homework Found!

Okay, I went back to Bernice Simpson's blog and came across the one post I couldn't find last time I was there:

 Manuscript Format for Critiques.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Links to Bernice Simpson Blog "Homework"

Here are links to the blog articles that Bernice Simpson wanted us to read before next week's meeting. Since I had to find them I thought I'd save everyone else from having to do it the hard way.

 How to Keep Writing Momentum

Manuscript Format for Critique (I couldn't find this one)

 Don't Shout at Me

Hang Tough

 How to Deliver a Thoughtful Critique

Another Way to Use My Nook

Thought this might be helpful to those with E-readers (I assume something similar could be done with a Kindle). Before I start the line-by-line editing on Queen's Mouser, my 2010 Nanowrimo novel, I want to read the whole thing and find the large structural things that need fixed. Then I can fix them in Liquid Story Binder, and print out the chapters one by one when I'm ready to start line editing. To avoid printing the whole thing out, and also avoid reading it on my computer, I built a manuscript in Liquid Story Binder that had all the chapters, and exported it as a rtf file. Then I used Open Office (my free alternative to MS Word) to convert it to PDF, and downloaded the PDF to my Nook. It all seems rather complicated (it wouldn't be so bad if I could export as PDF from LSB, but that's not an option) but it saves a lot of paper, and will allow me to do the initial read-through without being sidetracked. I will be unable to fix the glaring typos even if I want to. I'll just keep my notebook with me to note the structural things that need fixed so I can go back to them. If you write your first drafts entirely in Word (since most of you don't use LSB), it would be even easier, since you wouldn't have the whole first step of building a manuscript, etc. There are some real inconveniences in the way LSB is set up for that, which I won't go into.