An interview with Fritz Freiheit by Tamara Wilhite

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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What with one thing and another, this has been a little late in being posted on my blog. As in a tad over two months late.

Tamara Wilhite: Can you share your background in AI?

Fritz Freiheit: As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. It was the sixties, after all. By the time I went to college in the seventies, a bit more realism had impinged itself on my life, and I eventually settled on mechanical engineering as my major. While taking computer programming courses that were part of the engineering curriculum, I discovered that I enjoyed and was skilled in programming. Before I graduated, I decided I wanted to experience life in Japan. I wound up getting a job with Sumitomo Electric, part of the Big Four corporate conglomerates in Japan. I found myself in Osaka going through the professional training program (as the only gaijin/foreigner). Since they didn’t know what to do with a gaijin, I was given the unusual privilege of choosing what I wanted to do, and I choose to be a software programmer. They handed me some books and told me to write a 3D graphics driver – and I did.

After a year in Japan, I was offered a position in L.A. to write a Japanese version of a rule-driven database interface, which threw me into AI software development. Once again, I received several books, and I wrote a Japanese language parser.

I learned that there is a perspective that comes from thinking about thinking when developing software. Writing expert systems parallels novel writing – getting in the head of a character and telling a story from their perspective. I put myself in the mind of users, understand their goals, and write software to accomplish those goals.


For the rest of the interview:
An Interview with Fritz Freiheit - Liberty Island

Links

Interview

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2020 Writing log spreadsheet

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2020 Writing log spreadsheet



Happy New Year!

As is my tradition, I am posting my writing log (2020_Writing_log.ods) for the forthcoming year and wish everyone a productive year, whether or not you a writer.

Feel free to download this LibreOffice spreadsheet (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.



I've added a few statistical summaries to the Project page:

2019-2020 Writing log - Project statistics.(screenshot).jpg

Download the spreadsheet here: 2019-2020_Writing_log.ods ( or 2020_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2019 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2019-2020 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2020 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2020.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2020 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2020.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2020 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2020.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



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Great review of PVCACD on Amazon

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

A great review of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons posted on Amazon:

"aweyhing" - 5.0 out of 5 stars

I had a ton of fun peeling back the layers of this imaginative adventure.

April 19, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I was fully engaged from the first page through to the end. It was so much fun investigating this mystery (or mysteries?) with Vance Coreman and Ms. Doolittle. Mystery, adventure, good characters, more mystery, sly jokes, etc...

The story starts as fantastical-yet-modest mystery, but quickly expands to much more. Every new detail we learn of Vance's predicament makes us more curious to find answers along with him. The story is surprisingly intricate but never feels complex.

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PVCACD 2018 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary for Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons

The blog version, for those who may prefer it.

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations.

ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).

Read Chapter 1 - Meeting Miss Doolittle

2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 26th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:

Entry Title: Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons
Author: Fritz Freiheit
Judge Number: 17
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

Evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding".

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge's Commentary*

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations. It poses some problems for the average reader who is not yet accustomed to the interaction of Angels and Demons. Nevertheless, the book is entertaining with its plot and unusual characters. The challenges that the lead character, Mr. Vance Coreman, faces seem overwhelming, but he survives each situation with steady, or perhaps not quite steady, fortitude. The author does an excellent job with this novel, managing unusual characters, difficult plots, demons firing machine guns, women with scarlet features, etc. Very little is left out as far as characters and plot and magic. If you are bored with your usual reading, this might be the book for you. The problem is not the writing skills, but I think the presentation could be improved. I question the need for a table of contents for the average fiction reader. That technique seems more appropriate for the writer who wants to consult certain chapters for rewrites. Also, the print could be larger and darker for easy enjoyment of this entertaining book. Toward the end. P. 231 in particular, I found several small errors, nothing serious. Congratulations on giving the readers an entertaining and unusual book.


Notes

A few quick notes~

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding".

The 1-5 scale is strictly to provide a point of reference; the scores are meant only to be a gauge, and are not a cumulative score, nor are they tallied or used in ranking.

A "0" is not a negative score. Our online review system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations.As a result, we've substituted a "0" in place of "N/A" when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry, a cookbook, or a travel guide would not necessarily have a "Plot and Story Appeal, and may therefore receive a "0" - indicating that the rating was not applicable.

If you wish to reference this review on your website, we ask that you cite it as such: "Judge, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards." You may cite portions of your review, if you wish, but please make sure that the passage you select is appropriate, and reflective of the review as a whole.


The "raw" version

See: PVCACD 2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary (raw)

PVCACD

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet



Happy New Year!

As is my tradition, I am posting my writing log for the forthcoming year and wish everyone a productive year, whether or not you a writer.

Feel free to download this LibreOffice spreadsheet (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.



I've added a few statistical summaries to the Project page:

2018-2019 Writing log - Project statistics.(screenshot).jpg

Download the spreadsheet here: 2018-2019_Writing_log.ods ( or 2019_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2018 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2018-2019 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2019 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2019.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2019 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2019.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2019 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2019.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



Getting Writing Done

ANwL

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet early release

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet



2019 is almost here! Get your 2019 writing log spreadsheet now (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.



I've added a few statistical summaries to the Project page:

2018-2019 Writing log - Project statistics.(screenshot).jpg

Download the spreadsheet here: 2018-2019_Writing_log.ods ( or 2019_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2018 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2018-2019 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2019 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2019.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2019 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2019.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2019 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2019.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



Getting Writing Done

ANwL

2018-2019 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg
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The Neopolymath barf phase complete with 88K first draft

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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In Doc Morrow: The Neopolymath enter a shiny new alternate history of the 20th Century, one which envisions the year 2000 from a 1950’s Atomic Age science fictional perspective, one with a shiny-spacesuit Atompunk sensibility. It has been a century driven by a deeper Great Depression, three world wars, and a full-out atom-powered race to space. Follow Doc Morrow, “The Neopolymath” and his six companions in an adventure where the seven members of the “Doc Squad” pursue the murderer of Doc's father, The Polymath, from the mile-high towers of Chicago to the underground-tech-Mecca of New Zurich-Geneva, to a final confrontation on the Morrow's asteroid space station in L5-Earth orbit.

After five years, one other novel and a handful of short stories, I have finally completed the first draft of Doc Morrow: The Neopolymath (my 5th novel) at 88,000 words and declared the barf phase finished yesterday. With The Neopolymath we enter a shiny new alternate history of the 20th Century, one which envisions the year 2000 from a 1950's Atomic Era science fictional perspective (perhaps one with a shiny-spacesuit Atompunk sensibility). It has been a century driven by a deeper Great Depression, three world wars, and a full-out race to space. The main character Doc Morrow ("The Neopolymath") and his six companions in adventure comprise the "Doc Squad" pursue the murderer of Doc's father, The Polymath, from the mile-high towers of Chicago to the underground-tech-Mecca of New Zurich-Geneva, to the final confrontation on the Morrow's space station in L5-Earth orbit.

If all goes to plan, I will have a beta copy sometime in early October (estimated length of 100,000 words, as I average about a 15% edit up). I'd like to publish in December, but I suspect that is a bit too aggressive, with a more likely publication date in the first quarter of 2019.

As usual, I will be soliciting beta readers shortly. If you are interested, please contact me.

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5 Things Only Serious Writers Do (link)

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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To sum up:

  1. Show up regularly.
  2. Get started, no matter how inspired they’re feeling.
  3. Think on paper.
  4. Get bored, and understand it’s part of the process.
  5. Meet their deadlines no matter the hardship or duress.

https://www.copyblogger.com/serious-writers/

Tags:Link, On Writing, Writing, GWD, Getting Writing Done
Comment:Obviously, if you are going to get writing done you are going to have to show up. It won't surprise you if I confess that when I "fall off the wagon" and don't schedule time everyday for writing, it doesn't get done. So, yeah, #1 is critical. For #2, I find that caffeine really helps (weekdays, I write first thing in the morning). Not so sure about #3, but if I translate this into "barf" mode, then, yeah, getting it written helps with the ideas. Another way to look at #3 is write your ideas down. Take copious notes and consult them as necessary. All I can say about #4 is that I only get bored with the process of writing, not the results. I find that showing up, mood enhancement with caffeine, and keeping the fact that I love having written gets me through the boredom. As to #5, well, that is almost entirely self imposed. See my response to #4.
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The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel (link)

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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Computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether a book will be a commercial success - and the secret is to avoid cliches and excessive use of verbs.

Successful books also avoided words that explicitly described actions and emotions such as “wanted,” “took,” or “promised.” Successful books used verbs that described thought processes such as “recognized” or “remembered.”

From a linguistic perspective, this means that as a writer you are better off creating an impression that allows the reader to fill in the blanks, rather than filling them in yourself.

The bottom line for successful books, at least in the US, is a style that is closer to journalism - something that conveys information rather than emotion.

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-secret-to-writing-best-selling-novel.html

Study: http://aclweb.org/anthology/D/D13/D13-1181.pdf

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Comment:What I find most interesting about this is that the idea that best-selling novels have fewer verbs (and perhaps it is just better chosen verbs) is that it runs contrary to the common exultation you hear in writing advice circles of "action on every page" (or the equivalent), that is action necessarily equals verbs. What is not surprising (to me), is the notion of letting the reader fill in the details (part of trusting and making the reader your partner in story telling).
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Writing Advice not Eye-Stabbing (link)

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Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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Comment:

We start of with the following: "You get good at writing by following these three simple steps:" and the (easy to state, more difficult to achieve) steps are:

  1. Write a lot.
  2. Get critiqued occasionally.
  3. Study the craft of writing in books, lectures, or wherever else you can learn it.

The idea of "write a lot" by itself is of questionable benefit without the second admonishment, "get critiqued" and reinforced with a "study the craft of writing [to better understand what a critique is telling you about your writing]". The point being that that if you write a lot without becoming aware of your strengths and weaknesses you are doomed to continue to write (a lot of) stuff that has those same strengths and weaknesses. There must be a force for change, internal, external, or preferably both, that will drive an improvement in your writing. The advice to seek this force for change is sound and will almost certainly improve your writing.

But there is a fundamental problem here, as I see it, (barring the very open statement of step 3 to "Study the craft of writing in books, lectures, or wherever else you can learn it.") is the lack of any sort notion of "read a lot (of the sort of genre you are writing...okay, include other genres, it will broaden your perspective and provide a contrast that should make the components of your target genre easier to discriminate from the background noise of fiction in general)." Perhaps it is because the idea that "how to write well" is only as far away as your bookshelf or your kindle is unpalatable. I'm not saying you don't need an editor (and where did the editor get their notion of good writing? probably, in part, from reading a lot). If you are able to see your writing from the perspective of the reader, a non-trivial task, then you can better judge what needs to be done (or not done) to improve your writing.

Don't become a victim of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Counteracting Bad Writing Advice

Links

Writing Advice

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Third person omniscient is so 19th Century

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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Unraveling the Uselessness of the Trope (link with comment)

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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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A malaise threatens the landscape of screenwriting. A dark pretentious cloud of misunderstanding and misdirection, this fiend fogs the minds of would-be Authors and reduces the beauty of subtle complication to clickable buzz words. It’s name? The Trope.

http://narrativefirst.com/articles/unraveling-the-uselessness-of-the-trope

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Within five paragraphs, three of which are definitions of "trope" (I define tropes as the idioms of storytelling), Jim Hull makes this statement:

Yet, in creating this massive glossary of familiar cultural shortcuts TvTropes has done just that–made storytelling dull and uninteresting. They have made the act of writing a story something stock and commonplace. Something banal and imitative.

At which point I see that this isn't an essay, but a rant against the use of tropes. What is irksome about this, at least to me, is that this approach smacks of complaining about the man behind the curtain, the draining away of magic because one can see the mechanism of storytelling, that the process of classification and categorization makes a story mundane and gray with bureaucratitis. While disagreeing with it, I can understand this viewpoint. Having taken up (digital) pen and spun a few yarns myself, I find that I have trouble not seeing (at least some of) the moving parts of a story. I try not to let this ruin my enjoyment of the story, and, in fact, create a new form of pleasure in so far as I can see how the story is being told and appreciate intricacies and power of its development and ultimate unfolding.

The claim that tropes are useless and have no affect on a story is to blind oneself to the power of tropes in establishing a connection with the reader (or viewer, etc.) of the story. Like it or not, the reader will apply their knowledge of a genre, neatly bundled up in a set of tropes, to establish a bond with the story, internalize and make it their own. Better still, I find myself in awe of the author who can slip an old trope into a story in such a way that I find myself realizing some distance in that I am in the middle of said trope.

I encountered one memorable instance of skilled trope use was while reading Charles Stross's Saturn's Children. I realized that the main character, a fembot, had been strapped the railroad tracks without eliciting a "Hey! Not that old trope!" out of me. Rather than feeling cheated by an old and worn-out trope, I felt invigorated by it, sharing a feeling of cleverness with the author in that recognition.

The use of tropes can be, and unfortunately are, frequently overplayed and handled as a blunt instrument of storytelling. The vast majority of readers want a story they can recognize, that falls into a genre, and gives them a chance to play along with the author in telling the story. Without tropes, you have stripped away what is recognizable, what makes it a story. Without tropes you have moved into the abstract realm of the avant guarde, a realm where the reader has to work way to hard to create a sense of story that may not even exist.

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“Nova Lance Burn!” moves into polish phase

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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On February 3rd, 1947 a supernova wavefront changed everything. A previously unknown galactic civilization intervened saving the majority of life of Earth. In the wake of the Galactics' intervention, people started to develop powers declaring themselves superheroes and supervillains. Thirty seven years later Michael Gurick watches his superhero father die, and vowed to revenge him by Dispensing Justice.

Early this month Chris C. passed along the news that Wildside Press is relaunching "Startling Stories" and would be open for submissions from March 1st to 31st and encouraged me to pick out one of my stories and submit. After reviewing what I had written but had yet to publish, was short enough (limit of 10,000 words), I didn't think that any of the stories that were under the word limit really fit the venue. Thus, I turned to my forty or so stories currently in my "incubator" looking for something more suitable. I identified one (originally and very tentatively titled "Burn, Asteroid Burn!" [I nearly always have some title in mind when I come up with story idea, and if not, I'll slap something evocative onto it]) that I already knew the plot I wanted, established a setting, and had a reasonable idea about the characters. So on Feb. 2nd, I promoted BAB out of the Incubator, spent a little time to come up with a title that wasn't quite as melodramatic, and started writing. Yesterday, Feb. 25th, I finished the barf (first) draft of "Nova Lance Burn!" at 9800 words. Today I start polishing.

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2018 Writing log spreadsheet

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Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2018 Writing log spreadsheet



Happy New Year!

It has become a tradition for me to release a writing log for the forthcoming year and wish everyone a productive year, whether or not you a writer.

Feel free to download this LibreOffice spreadsheet (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.


For those who might want to comment (and don't want to figure out how my wiki works), you can comment on the blog version of this page.



I've added a few statistical summaries to the Project page:

2017-2018 Writing log - Project statistics.(screenshot).jpg

Download the spreadsheet here: 2017-2018_Writing_log.ods ( or 2018_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2017 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2017-2018 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2018 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2018.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2018 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2018.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2018 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2018.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



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How Star Wars was saved in the edit (video)

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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFMyMxMYDNk

A video essay exploring how Star Wars' editors recut and rearranged Star Wars: A New Hope to create the cinematic classic it became.

Check out more essays at http://youtube.com/rjfilmschool

Written by David Welch (@watsonwelch)

Narrated and Edited by Joey Scoma (@joey2meals)

References:

Deleted Magic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2r4Nffrc6Y&t=1585s

Deleted Scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00IkrWvur4

Harmy's Star Wars: Despecialized Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHfLX_TMduY&t=201s

Empire of Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw_VeZk_q0U

More awesome videos at RocketJump.com!

For licensing and usage inquiries please email licensing@rocketjump.com

Category: Education

License: Standard YouTube License

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How to Produce an Emotional Response in Readers: Inner Mode, Outer Mode, and Other Mode (link)

Finally! We see someone handing out writing advice (particularly about showing and telling) that recognizes that it’s all about what is going on in the reader‘s head.

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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None of readers’ emotional experience of a story actually comes from the emotional lives of characters. It comes from readers themselves. Yes, showing and telling are part of what provokes readers to feel, but they are only a part. Other things on the page also provoke readers, and these things are the greater part of the equation.

https://janefriedman.com/produce-emotional-response/

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Comment:Finally! We see someone handing out writing advice (particularly about showing and telling) that recognizes that it's all about what is going on in the reader's head.
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2017 Writing log spreadsheet

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2017 Writing log spreadsheet



Happy New Year!

It has become a tradition for me to release a writing log for the forthcoming year and wish everyone a productive year, whether or not you a writer.

Feel free to download this LibreOffice spreadsheet (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.



Download the spreadsheet here: 2016-2017_Writing_log.ods ( or 2017_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2016 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2016-2017 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2017 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2017.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2017 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2017.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2017 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2017.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



Getting Writing Done

ANwL

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The Objectivity Challenge (link and comment)

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Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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As you grow as a writer, you’ll naturally become better and better able to evaluate your work on the fly. Once you have a few years’ experience weeding your writing of tangents, flowery descriptions that sound nice but don’t really fit your streets-of-Detroit family saga, and the tendency to characterize every guy who wears his hair in a bun as villainous because of that one a-hole bunhead you dated, well, it’s a little easier to spot and eliminate those issues as you go. Still, assessing the good and the bad (and the ugly, the shameful, the repetitive, the stunningly worded, the aptly metaphored, etc.) of your work as a whole can be tough. Tough but possible.
—Hanna Eason

https://hannaheasoneditor.com/2016/04/27/the-objectivity-challenge/

Tags:Link, Writing, Writing Advice, Objectivity
Comment:I think it's really difficult to disentangle one's ego enough to be objective about one's writing. Which is a pity, because I think it's one of the most important skills for a writer to develop. It's right up there with close reading. I like Hanna Eason's suggestions for cultivating objectivity, they are a nice combination of "carrot and stick". I believe that I'm reasonably objective, but I couldn't tell you how I achieved that objectivity. Perhaps it's because I read so much before trying to become a writer. Perhaps it's because I'm a programmer and being objective about one's code means that it is more likely to work, computers being far more unforgiving than any reader.

I believe that a number of realizations on the part of the writer will contribute to their objectivity. Among these are:

  • You can't write for every reader
  • The experience of writing is distinct from that of reading
  • Ultimately, it's about the reader's experience
  • Every reader's experience is different

It's not a coincidence that the reader features in all of the these realizations. Nor is it a coincidence that Hanna Eason's advice for achieving objectivity revolves around reading one's work in a context that disrupts one's normal perspective of the work. It's because we are the writer that we are so close to a work and our perspective is distorted.

Assume that everything about your story is open to an interpretation different than the one you intended. (I deliberately did not use 'misinterpretation' as it shifts focus from the writer to the reader.) This runs from the assumed genre to the freshness of the plot to the accessibility of your prose to the likeability (or lack there of) of your characters.

I'm going to assume that as a writer, like me, you include inside jokes and references that you know are meaningful to you that you hope will create an 'aha moment' with readers who read carefully and share some background with you. As an exercise, think about any given aspect or element of your writing falls into this category.
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2016 Writing log free download

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2015-2016 Writing log - Projects page



On the verge of 2016, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

For those of you who are writers, may your words be bountiful. I've put together a spreadsheet to track your writing productivity on a day by day basis.

Happy New Year!


The most recent master writing log is 2020 Writing log spreadsheet




Download the spreadsheet here: 2015-2016 Writing log.ods ( or 2016 Writing log.ods for a version that excludes the 2015 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

2015-2016 Writing log - Projects.(screenshot).jpg

Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

Writing phases flow diagram (vertical).jpg

You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

2014-2015 Writing log - word count totals - change status labels.jpg

2016 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2016.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

2016 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2016.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

2016 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2016.

2015-2016 Writing log - 2016 Monthly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Daily Log.(screenshot).jpg

Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

2014-2015 Writing log - 2014 Weekly Delta.(screenshot).jpg

Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

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Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



Getting Writing Done

ANwL

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Novel number 4 is officially beta

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Novel number 4, Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons has officially gone beta as of 2015/10/30.

Where a sufficiently advanced entertainment system is indistinguishable from magic.

Vance Coreman wakes in a bathtub full of ice water fully dressed, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. He finds a scarlet-skinned and devil-horned woman in neat business attire standing over him telling him he has an appointment with a potential client and to stop lazing around. Miss Doolittle, his secretary, tells him that, yes she is a demon and that his name is Vance Coreman and that he’s here to undertake investigations. The client turns out to be a beautiful angel fearful of her sorcerer husband and wanting to recover an artifact before her husband discover that she has stolen it. As Coreman tracks down the brazier he must also find out who he is and why someone trying to kill him.
Parallel Visions: City of Angels, City of Demons is an urban fantasy novel with a twist, and is the first of the Parallel Visions stories featuring Vance Coreman and his quest to uncover his past and those who stole it from him by retracing his path through the varied and fantastical Realms of AMBR.

You can read the first chapter here.

LibreOffice 5.0 stands out from the office suite crowd (link)

The latest version of LibreOffice is out. I’ve upgraded and am checking out the new user interface features (a bit of bummer that they haven’t fixed the “stickiness” of the Styles and Formatting view in the sidebar when restarting Writer).

A few more quick links:

Here’s a screenshot from LibreOffice v5 Writer showing the new WYSIWYG Styles and Formatting sidebar.

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If you’re interested in writing with LibreOffice, check out Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.

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