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Thomas Fleet 1) Butt in chair. Writing a novel starts as an exuberant sprint and becomes a marathon. Both are fun, but it helps to understand up front that there i…more1) Butt in chair. Writing a novel starts as an exuberant sprint and becomes a marathon. Both are fun, but it helps to understand up front that there is going to be a change of gear at some point.

2) Outline in advance. Opinions on this vary (wildly), but I would have saved myself a lot of time if I’d done this.

3) “Show don’t tell” is excellent advice for what it’s intended for: characterization. Don’t tell me the guy is evil, show him doing something evil. For other aspects of writing, it depends. If your character has to drive five hours to get somewhere, fer goss hawk don’t show us the trip mile by mile. Just say, “She got into the car and was there five hours later.”(less)
Thomas Fleet The novel, The War of the First Day, is a fantasy novel about a war between two groups of witches. Its genesis was a vignette in which a young woman w…moreThe novel, The War of the First Day, is a fantasy novel about a war between two groups of witches. Its genesis was a vignette in which a young woman wanders across a forbidden border and is captured by a witch. The witch tells her that as punishment for her transgression, she must kill or be killed. The book grew vastly around that sequence of scenes, and the captor had her moral rough edges filed down somewhat, but it’s still the heart, in terms of the heroine’s internal conflict, of the novel.

Eventually I embedded this in a war of extermination among witches, which arose from another vignette: A gathering of witches occurs. They converge to their meeting place. A woman appears at the center of the meeting hall. She says a few gloating words, and then an explosion of lethal magic kills most of the women present. That was the genesis of the war that’s the novel’s external conflict.

So: two ideas that grabbed me, and were eventually linked up.(less)
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The War of the First Day

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Neil Peart, 1952 – 2020: An Appreciation

I just heard the sad news that Neil Peart, the drummer for Rush, died on January 7. Rest in peace, Neil.





You will hear a lot of people saying, correctly, that he was the best rock drummer of all time.





Yes. But why was he? I want to break this down for non-drummers and non-musicians generally, starting with the simpler stuff and working up to the high-level musicianship.





• His speed and ability to get

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“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
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Never mind the Escher and Bach stuff; that’s just window dressing. This book is about Godel’s Theorem. And wow, what a book.

Imagine a glorious future in which, by means of magic and genetic engineering, the human species is transformed into a better,
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Nah, nowhere in particular. The Garrison Oaks neighborhood as I envision it borrows a couple of houses from the neighborhood where I grew up, but that was SC, not ATL.

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Hey Thomas,

Never say never, but I'd kind of be surprised. I don't know if this is universally true, but I don't seem to get to pick what kind of story I'm going to do. For years now, I've been saying "I'm going to write a YA book." I sincerely want w See Scott’s answer.
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with the dolphin and the cow, is HILARIOUS!


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