Charlotte Rains Dixon  

Friday Night Round-up

So, I had hoped to post another in my series on Making Money Online tonight, but that isn’t going to happen.  Why?  Because I am tired.  Lame as that sounds, it is true.  I’m too tired to think tonight.

The truth of the matter is that I am currently writing three, count ’em, three books.  I am regularly posting (well three times so far counts as regular, don’t you think?) chapters on the Make Money Writing Online book, I am doing a spiff-up on my novel to send it to an agent, and I am writing a book for Atlantic Publishing.

And let us not forget that November starts this Thursday, and I am committed to writing a novel for Nanowrimo.  By the way, for anyone who is interested, I’ve started a Nanowrimo group on Blog Catalog, and they’ve started this great new feature where you can invite non-Blog Catalog members to join groups.  So if anyone is interested, write me a comment and I’ll send you an invite.

I’d thought I’d write a round-up of interesting writerly things that I’ve found or learned this week, but I can’t think of any.  Oh wait, here’s something I’ve learned from working on my novel this week:  you can’t just string a bunch of scenes along a plot line like pearls on a necklace.  You have to have some connective tissue, and sometimes, as you get farther along in the novel, that connective tissue becomes the heroine or hero doing a re-cap of where she’s been since the beginning of the story.

I mean, I knew this, but I didn’t know know it, if you know what I mean.  You don’t truly learn things in writing until you are in the thick of it.

I think that sometimes we novelists are so concerned with moving the pace along and writing in scene that we forget that a little exposition is a good thing.  It gives the reader a break, for one thing.  And it gives the writer a chance to remind the reader where she’s been.  It’s like hiking along a steep mountain path, getting almost to the top, and sitting down to take a break.  You look back down the path to remind yourself how far you’ve come–and then, reinspired, off you go again.

Okay, okay, I know, bad hiking/mountain metaphor.  I told you I was tired. 

More on making money online this weekend. 

0 thoughts on “Friday Night Round-up

  1. Smiler

    I found you via square1. I’m a first time NaNoWriMo participant and looking for inpiration and tips everywhere I can find them, so I’ll be back to visit. I’ve also added you to my blogroll.

  2. Charlotte

    Hey Smiler, Glad you found me. Your post inspires me to ponder ways to blog about Nanowrimo, so stay tuned. I’m also heading over to Blog Catalog to see if I can figure out how to invite you to join my group there.

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