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    Index to Learn Writing with Uncle Jim

    I have taken it upon myself to do an index of the posts in the Writing with Uncle Jim Thread. It would serve as a quick reference where the Undiluted thread gives the posts in their entirety.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Dawn

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    Edit: I've come back to the first post to put some topics right at the front so people who are searching for them can find them more easily. Please PM me with other suggestions.

    Logical Chess: Move by Move (what you learn from the book is referred to as Positional Chess technique)

    Agricultural work and Myrtle the Manuscript
    and more about Ag. work in post #29, topic #512

    Evil Overlord Plot Generator

    Celtic Knotwork

    Outlining


    Key Lime Pie (go to post 10 item #91 for the series of Key Lime posts) Link to Low Carb version of the recipe

    Good Advice given after reading slush

    Writing Sex Scenes by Hapi Sofi

    The Best of Hapi Sofi

    Unspeakable Horrors of Literary Life


    Hard truths about an author's life (the death spiral) also see topics #419 & 422 on post #25 and #434 on post #26)

    Begins discussion of first pages of two Grisham books The Summons and The Street Lawyer (see posts #28 & #29 for the series of posts)

    Truth v. Fiction about publishing

    Fun (and new) writing assignment (you'll need to read upthread starting here)

    Royalties and Reserve against Return

    Pricing books


    The Unstrung Harp; or, Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel

    Three things you should know about publishing

    A new Assignment! Due Dec. 25th 2005



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    1. Novel vs. Romance defined

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82289#post82289

    2. KISS or BIC method
    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82291#post82291

    3. Writing and revising

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82293#post82293

    4. Distractions and bad habits

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82294#post82294

    5. 25 Steps to becoming a published author

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82300#post82300

    6. Pen Names

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82301#post82301

    7. Chapter Length, Smallest Unit of meaning in a novel

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82302#post82302

    8. Pace

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82304#post82304


    9. More about BIC and distractions

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82306#post82306

    10. Fonts/Typeface

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82311#post82311

    11. One way to come up with wordcount

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82313#post82313

    12. Midlist author income, keeping books in print, what it costs to submit

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82321#post82321

    13. How to tell where your story begins

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82322#post82322

    14. Outline

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82324#post82324

    15. Time it takes Uncle Jim to write an outline

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82325#post82325

    16. On movement and art, Chess and the book Logical Chess

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82327#post82327

    17. Openings

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82328#post82328

    18. First Sentences
    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82331#post82331

    19. Novelist techniques and non-fiction

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82333#post82333

    *** NOTE : fixed link ***

    20. More on first chapters, exercise: re-type the first chapter of a favorite novel

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82335#post82335

    *** this too ***

    21. Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses and rules governing literary art in domain of romantic fiction

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82340#post82340

    22. Surplusage
    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82343#post82343

    23. Paper is cheap – submission format is so editors have room to edit

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82348#post82348

    24. Plot and Story

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82349#post82349

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82350#post82350

    25. How Uncle Jim finds time to do these posts

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82355#post82355


    Last edited by Dawno; 12-10-2005 at 11:04 PM. Reason: adding new threads of interest

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    Dawn, this is awesome of you. But... but... is it just me, or are all the links not working right?
    I am no longer here. If you'd like to visit me, please find me at www.jennaglatzer.com or on Facebook. Thanks!

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    No, it's not you! I'm working on the links now...they worked fine from the index document, but I need to see why they're not working in the posts. Cut and paste the link and it works fine, go figure.


    Update: Ah Ha!! What a difference 3 little letters make..."www" is needed in the links. Am fixing now!
    Last edited by Dawno; 03-07-2005 at 09:18 AM.

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    If you want to be super-anal about it, you could get the links to show the posts in context. Here's how:

    This first URL:

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=82289&postcount=2

    change the "post" to "thread"

    and delete the end from the & and replace it with #post and the number in the first part of the URL.

    So that would turn into

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=82289#post82289

    which ought to bring you to the post in the discussion itself.

    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get the board to give you that link (I asked), and that might well be more work than you want to go to--which I completely understand! I just offer the information in case you suffer from the peculiar brand of anal retentiveness that I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate Nepveu
    If you want to be super-anal about it, you could get the links to show the posts in context. Here's how:

    This first URL:

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...89&postcount=2

    change the "post" to "thread"

    and delete the end from the & and replace it with #post and the number in the first part of the URL.

    So that would turn into

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...2289#post82289

    which ought to bring you to the post in the discussion itself.

    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get the board to give you that link (I asked), and that might well be more work than you want to go to--which I completely understand! I just offer the information in case you suffer from the peculiar brand of anal retentiveness that I do.
    Kate,

    I really appreciate the research (I sure couldn't figure out how to do it!) and I'm thinking about it. Some of the posts stand alone well, others do need the context...I think for now I'm going to focus on getting the post by post index done and then see about doing it the other way.

    Dawn

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    Dawn, no problem. Let me know if you decide you want to convert the links and want a hand with the grunt work; it's the kind of nice mindless stuff that I find soothing cat-vacuuming.

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    Kate, I'll PM you in the near future, I think it's a great idea and the help would be most appreciated.

    Edit: Thanks to Kate I'm now updating these posts to take you directly to the discussion "in thread" instead of to a single post.

    That said, here are some more lessons.

    26. “Words are your tools. You must make them your friends.” Recommended reference books

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82356#post82356

    27. Characters

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82360#post82360

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82362#post82362

    28. Characters and conflict

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82364#post82364

    29. Characters and illusion

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82365#post82365

    30. Commercial fiction – part of the entertainment industry

    http://absolutewrite.com/forums/sho...82367#post82367

    31. Advice to a writer about goals

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82370#post82370

    32. Fun reading, “agricultural work,” a rule of thumb, “Myrtle the Manuscript”

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82374#post82374

    33. The Idiot plot, plots are simple things, random thoughts on words, choose only necessary detail, on sentences (in this post I learned a new word: gallimaufry)

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82386#post82386

    34. Centennial post. Contests, classes, Quick Slick Research Method

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82387#post82387

    35. A quick visual trick for analyzing your writing, two books to read

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82389#post82389

    36. Misery

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82394#post82394

    37. Write what you like

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82395#post82395

    38. Stephen King

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82397#post82397

    39. Golden Word Syndrome

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82398#post82398

    40. Some miscellaneous replies on formatting, plot, character and relationships

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82405#post82405

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82409#post82409

    41. About endings – respect for readers

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82414#post82414

    42. Evil Overlord Plot Generator

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82415#post82415

    43. Films and ideas

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82417#post82417

    44. Endings and the deal with the reader

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82419#post82419

    45. Another list, Elmore Leonard, POV (point of view)

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82421#post82421

    46. More on POV (a response to a question) “you can do absolutely anything if it works”

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82423#post82423

    47. An article worth reading about POV and movies and television

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82429#post82429

    48. Looking at POV in Mary Higgins Clark’s Moonlight Becomes You

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82433#post82433

    49. More POV discussion using Moonlight Becomes You (note: Uncle Jim uses colors to highlight this post and these are not coming through on my screen, just the tags.)

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82437#post82437

    50. Uncle Jim re-writes Moonlight Becomes You scene from another POV

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums...82438#post82438
    Last edited by Dawno; 03-15-2005 at 07:46 PM. Reason: Updating links

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    Dawno, marvelous index, a good companion to Mac's thread.

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    maestrowork, thank you. I wanted to do this for a number of purely personal reasons but as I was making my own index I thought others might find it handy, glad you like the idea.

    Also, to those of you who so kindly made nice comments and gave me ‘rep’ points for this effort, thank you as well. You might have noticed that I’ve taken down some posts and am re-posting them...I discovered a major problem in the way I was posting the links. It’s still not perfect...I’m working on how to improve it. I appreciate your patience as I learn OTJ.

    Here’s the next 25



    51. More on “Positional Chess Plotting” and some moves to play out on one’s own chess board

    52. Another POV re-write from Moonlight Becomes You

    53. Grammar and a recommended book thereon

    54. Third Person Omniscient

    55. Top 10% of the slush heap, writing isn’t a lottery

    56. Moving a chess piece off the back row – getting the character to where he is active also see this post and this post

    57. Changing POV in revision – a link to Uncle Jim’s first published story

    58. POV uses with some examples, more on POV here, here and a short take home lesson about POV with a question about your 2 hours of BIC and assignment in #20 above, re-type a first chapter

    59. An aphorism regarding readers

    60. Two short posts about fonts

    61. Short link post on guidelines and winnowing

    62. Very briefly on self-publishing (the Bicentennial post, btw)

    63. 2 posts about Dracula, the taxonomy (not coming to a theatre near you)

    64. Revise, revise, revise revisited

    65. Short post about outlining

    66.Long post about outlining (details/how to ideas)

    67. Proper attribution of an upthread quote, no grand theory of everything...yet

    68. Short post wherein Uncle Jim explains his definition of “interest” in writing

    69. On theme, the quadrigia, standing out from the slush

    70. On the naming of names and finding my own meaning

    71. Q&A on Character profiles, outlines, getting stuck

    72. Versions, change fonts for a ‘fresh eye’ view

    73. Prologues, editors are not the enemy, advice about cover letters

    74. Prologues and "is something missing?" reader's test. Writing a series

    75. Beta readers, flow chart
    Last edited by Dawno; 03-15-2005 at 08:00 PM.

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    How about a few more of these?

    76. The Perfect Cover Letter post one post two

    77. Answering a question about divergent storylines post one post two

    78. Parasites (posted on Christmas Eve and Christmas 2003) post one post two

    79. Tough Guide to Fantasyland and advice on plot problems

    80. Answers the question "I'm not so sure when I do violence how credible it is."

    81. Advice passed along after reading slush, does anyone really submit stories like those?

    82. Exercise ("bizarre bit of reading advice") memorize a speech from Shakespeare quoted here.

    83. Very short inquiry in response to the statement, "For what it's worth, I've never found "advance planning" necessary for scenes that include sex or violence."

    84. Readers can tell when the writer is bored, some idiosyncracies (second post after Tricentennial post on the thread)

    85. "And then" posts one two three four five (there is a lot of discussion about grammar between some of these posts)

    86. Comment in reference to a cultural use of the Pathetic Fallacy (see advice in #81 above)

    87. More on outlines and planning "novel writing is like a . . ."

    88. Very short post - BIC stands for . . .

    89. Response to earlier discussion, more idosyncracies, an experiment on dialogue

    90. Happy New Year 2004 post (micro short - just a greeting)
    91. One Two Three Four Five Six (number Six is 4 posts beyond the Quadracentennial post) posts on The best Key Lime pie in the world (and yes, these are about writing!)

    92. Joke vs Comedy Routine Joke

    93. Uncle Jim's guideline for the discussion

    94. Using "now" post one post two

    95. A general principle relating to dialog

    96. On quitting one's day job post one post two

    97. ellipsis

    98. OK vs. okay

    99. Brief query letter reprise

    100. Brief revisit to First Chapter

    Time for a break!
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    Dawno, you're a genius! What a lot of hard work!!

    Wish I could lay my hands on this thread yesterday because a friend asked me about advances, royalties and such, and I wanted to refer him to the discussion at Uncle Jim's but couldn't for the life of me find it! You've done such a great job, we probably don't realise yet how good it is.

    Thank you!

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    Thanks! Only 96 pages to go. Or, about 2400 more posts to read I'm having a very fun and educational time of it. Come by often!

    Hey, congrats to all of you who are doing the lessons and have come this far. If you find a link that seems wrong or doesn't work, please PM me with the details (if you use my numbering it will be easy for me to find) and I'll try to fix it.

    Happy Writing everyone!
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    Hi again! Ready for the next 25 lessons?


    151. Answers a question about the climax of Galaxy Quest

    152. One of the ills of "workshopping"

    153. Short comment on prologues

    154. Longer post on prologues

    155. What writers should do with a wordprocessor grammar checker

    156. Uncle Jim re-writes a prologue

    157. "Cleaved"

    158. Link to an online arts course

    159. Short post re: strange spelling in English

    160. Using poetry and song lyrics in a novel

    161. Who to contact when in doubt

    162. Question about a prior post

    163. Hard copy vs. soft copy relating to editing and typesetting

    164. An article in Salon, advances

    165. Comment about a software upgrade

    166. Links to a post with good advice and discussion of Salon article (see #164) (post #799)

    167. One space or two?

    168. Advice for the Jane Doe author in the Salon article

    169. How some reacted to Jane Doe's plight as written about in Salon

    170. What to do with 'an unheard of advance'

    171. Uncle Jim comments on a paragraph someone posted and makes suggestions

    172. On plagarism and copyright

    173. All in one post round up of various books and movies Uncle Jim has recommended so far. Please note, the carryover from the old board means that most of these are completely "spelled out" links (I'm not a techie so I'm not sure how to explain it any other way) and you'll have to employ cut and paste of the url's. I think the "Undiluted" thread may have these cleaned up, you should go check there as well.

    174. Simultaneous submissions and publishing guidelines

    175. Regarding above, disadvantage for the writer, yes, but...

    Whew! Time for a bit of breakfast...more later.

    Don't forget your BIC time. Happy Writing!

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    176. The best of HapiSofi links provided by Uncle Jim

    177. More about submissions, types defined

    178. Answers the question, "How do slushpiles work" and revisits Myrna the Manuscript

    179. A wonderful submission font

    180. Uncle Jim promises two more metaphors to come, has had a busy time

    181. Part 1 of a longer series on Metaphors for Plot with some exercises

    182. More on modelwork (see above)

    183. Advice on how much to reveal about a character (post 903!)

    184. About details in Science Fiction

    185. RAEBNC to an upthread story (I had to Google that acronym...do you want me to tell you what it means? Will put it at the bottom of the thread for any of you who, like me, didn't know it)

    186. Two links to more discussion of the Jane Doe article


    187. Indicating thoughts and a link to a piece with insights into the writing life

    188. Link to article on why 98% of the slushpile is unpublishable - this link appears to be broken. I searched the referenced site but without more info (title of the article or author) I was unable to find where it's archived or even if it's archived.

    189. The difference between two sentences

    190. Link to International Slushpile Bonfire day article and Brilliant Sri Lankan Novelists, go home! article

    191. Dictionary choices

    192. When a reader comments on your work, links

    193. Anything that doesn't add to the story subtracts from it

    194. Regarding putting all posts to date in one document

    195. Link to an online stylebook

    196. Post 999! About details

    197. Brief comment on the posts document mentioned above

    198. Three choices about POV question

    199. The difference between vanity publishing and recording your own music to sell after your gig, on scams and scammers, and a grammar quiz

    200. A brag and a digression about anthologies


    Well, I've hit 200 and gone through over 1000 posts! Much more to come, it's a rainy day and I feel like ignoring the laundry that's piling up. One of my cats (I have 3) is trying to help with this but he ends up deleting things! Seriously, he's napping on my desk and when he moves he sometimes hits the mouse or the enter key...always right the worst possible time.

    Oh, the RAEBNC acronym in #185? According to various sites I Googled, it means: Read And Enjoyed But No Comment

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    So, back for more, eh?

    201. Link to a livejournal (when I tried it I got an error. I did a search on the user name and the message at LJ said the journal had been deleted, sorry folks)

    202. Brief revisit to Outlining

    203. General comments, self-publishing, Garfield the movie

    204. One more sentence about outlining

    205. Regarding the companion book to Terminator 3

    206. Thoughts on fan fiction

    207. More fan fiction

    208. Uncle Jim spins us a yarn illustrating some of the tools he's mentioned so far in this thread

    209. Who was telling the story?

    210. Enough to start baking the pie, power of threes

    211. What defines a writer, an assignment

    212. Uncle Jim links to, and talks a bit about, his writings

    213. Brief comments on a work posted in the thread

    214. Put it in a drawer

    215. Youthful writer, aphorisms about plot, natural state of a book

    216. Bestseller list, interesting exercise idea

    217. Where to start a chapter on the page, Quick'n'Dirty Story Injection Technique (an exercise)

    218. Posting story bits for critique

    219. Brief commercial announcement (note: I'm posting these as I read thru them in order. It appears that this was a 1 year limited offer and thus it may or may not be still available, I haven't gone downthread to see if there's an update)

    220. Link to a story

    221. Links to prof. editors

    222. Fun with diagramming

    223. Keeping your book from being thrown across the room, consistency

    224. Research and icebergs

    225. Protagonists and parallel plots

    Time for a late lunch break. Happy Writing!

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    Hi again. The cats are ignoring me but I couldn't ignore the laundry any longer, this is being done between loads.

    226. The Master Rule

    227. A very good sign

    228. Assignments about making the illusion

    229. Pay attention to story-telling styles and modes

    230. Googled

    231. Unspeakable Horrors of Literary Life

    232. Discusses a compilation of the thread to date

    233. CafePress option for compilation

    234. Posting on another site, the way you practice writing, a link to Writers' Deadly Sins cartoon

    235. Writers Toolbag: Dramatic Irony (post 1200!)

    236. Yet another annoying internet quiz: "What Kind of Writer are You?"

    237. Where to send the compilation

    238. Saving a file as a .RTF, some links on computer safety (note: grisoft link comes up "404 Not Found" but all the other links are ok as of this post date)

    239. Spellcheck does not relieve you of an obligation to proofread, link to a "crimefighter character" generator site

    240. Character and plot

    241. Has one tried Positional Chess or Celtic Knotwork method?

    242. More on Celtic Knotwork

    243. Link to a story (done on 'assignment' upthread) posted in 'Share Your Work'

    244. Every scene serves a purpose

    245. Link to Uncle Jim's homepage

    246. Some family history from Uncle Jim

    247. Suggestions about dialogue writing

    248. UK and US English

    249. More on UK and US English "Be consistent with the language you're most familiar with"

    250. Another bit about UK and US English in response to an upthread comment

    Hope your writing is going well. As of this post I've gotten to page 52 of 128 pages so we're not even at the halfway point yet. Lots of good stuff still to come.

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    Welcome back. How's the writing coming along?

    251. A look at a scene from a short story by Uncle Jim

    252. What he was thinking when he wrote the scene (note: this post is full of embedded tags that did not 'translate' over from the old board. However there is good news! The "Undiluted" thread put the color back in. Go to this post and scroll about half way down to read)

    253. More info about the scene

    254. About the story, the sale, why he picked it, etc.

    255. (Post 1299) Link to some 'great guidelines'

    256. On Core Dumps with a speech from
    Shakespeare's Henry V, Act I scene ii and a link to a "translation" therof into Damon Runyon-speak by Mike Ford.

    257. Answers to upthread questions about the scene (#252-254)

    258. Is it ready for Uncle Jim to edit? (answer to an upthread question about an assignment - see #243 and related)

    259. Links to other, uh...versions, of Shakespeare's work (sorry for the editorializing here but really, you just gotta check these out)

    260. Response to a proposal upthread

    261. Why outline?

    262. Three things about writing

    263. Getting to Publishable Territory and moving on to Consistently Publishable Land

    264. Originality

    265. Asks again the question "Is it ready?" (see #258)

    266. .RTF and great advice

    267. Response to a post upthread wherein much gratitude for these lessons is declared.

    268. Asks, "What do you want to know [about punctuation]?"

    269. Exclamation point rule

    270. Some clarification on the exclamation point rule

    271. Advice about the length of a novel

    272. On punctuation: Avoid total howlers

    273. Short clarification on punctuation post

    274. It's hard work

    275. A way to see if one knows the standard rules of punctuation

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    301. On Beta readers (post 1499 of 3184 we're closing in on the halfway mark. That post is dated June 3, 2004)

    302. A bit more about beta readers and genre

    303. Today's command (hint: BIC)

    304. Once the words are on paper we can play with them

    305. Link to thread in "Share Your Work" where a story is going to be discussed and re-written (note, the links in the post are to the old board and when I tried them I got an error - deleted message. So over in the Undiluted thread (after just a bit of scrolling) there's a good link here if you want to go visit the story.)

    306. Dialogue tags

    307. Tom Swifties

    308. Googling again

    309. Submitting '3 chapters and a synopsis' before the entire work is done

    310. A lengthy post tying up comments made in other threads relevant to the discussion

    311. Finish your book before you try to market it (additional comment re: #309 above)

    312. Link to news item about discussing a favorite book and improved chances of getting a date

    313. Mocha latte

    314. Getting feedback

    315. Titles

    316. More on titles

    317. Two bits of advice about titles

    318. Synopsis

    319. Apostrophe use

    320. About classifying a genre in a query letter

    321. Link to a 'neat toy,' the ISBN Checksum Calculator

    322. Finding publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts

    323. About an upthread post linking to a synopsis

    324. The "It Works" rule revisited

    325. Happy Bloomsday (that's all he says, btw. Chronologically we're at June of 2004 and nearly to the 1600 post which is approximately the half way point in the thread as of this post date)

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    326. Link to "How to write a best selling fantasy novel" (satire)

    327. Today's fun thing to do while avoiding writing and a memorization assignment

    328. Advice to a poster about where to place a scene

    329. Refering to a scandal involving the Governor of Conneticut's wife (NY Times article June of 2004. Access to NY Times online requires free registration)

    330. Hope -- every single published author started in the same place

    A historical note here: between #330 and #331 there are many posts by Theresa Nielsen-Hayden (Editrx) of Making Light about our Uncle Jim, moving boxes, cat waxing, etc.

    331. Two short catch-up posts, here and here, and a longer one that discusses dialect.

    332. Opinion on writing exercises

    333. Response to a question about a dream sequence

    334. Saving, backing up and organizing writing files

    335. Cussing

    336. Starting an sentence with and or because

    337. Aphorism about 'hard' and 'fun'

    338. Characters are mixtures of traits

    Historical note: Posts around and about 338 - 339 discuss TV character Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

    339. One disadvantage to TV Series

    340. Lie/lay - short definition

    341. A "more responsive" post about lie/lay

    342. Lie/lay -- adding to the fun and hang/hung

    343. How many tenses?

    344. Rooftop vs. roof top

    345. Common questions answered and links to Key Lime and Celtic Knotwork

    346. More cussing

    347. Career commentary (includes publishers and marketing efforts)

    348. Selling short stories to anthologies vs. magazines

    349. Getting into anthologies

    350. Bringing out backstory

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    351. Short addition to 'backstory' post above

    352. More about exposition and back story...Uncle Jim also wants to know if you've been doing your assignments

    353. Open Anthology and an assignment to write and submit a story to it

    354. A working editor explains Reasons Books Are Rejected

    355. Musing upon the question "how do you know you've written the wrong book?"

    356. Jim's promise about this thread

    357. Links to all the assignments to date. (Note, these are links to the old ezboard and are no longer active links. The Undiluted thread has about half of them corrected as of today's post. Go here and scroll a bit, you'll find it)

    358. Did all the assignments, now what?

    359. 1800th post: Link to the collection with a dialogue only story by J. D. Macdonald and Debra Doyle

    360. What every writer should do

    361. Finding out who were the agents for specific books

    362. Two suggestions to an upthread question about a character

    363. Character and Presence - first impressions

    364. Advice to get more input

    365. The (Beta) Reader Aphorism

    366. Advice to poster who was having trouble writing her way to the end

    367. Uncle Jim will be only intermittently on-line, Editrx was asked to check in from time to time

    368. Short check in post

    369. Assignment post: "What to read, in view of becoming a better/stronger/more interesting/more commercial/happier/richer writer"

    370. Look at what you're reading with your writer's eyes

    371. ...being kind to your characters...

    372. Suggestions about choosing beta readers

    373. Secret to improving as a writer

    374. More (briefly) about beta readers

    375. About archiving the thread, about an FAQ, about advice he received as a young writer

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    376. Upthread post about the plotting of a story discussed

    377. Why the Hugo's were left off the reading list (#369)

    378. Using "were" (subjunctive)

    379. Word count, what is 'book-length', the real goal is to have the right words

    380. Marketing categories, if the book's good enough, they'll invent one for you

    381. Publishers, word count and price

    382. A plea relating to Grammar Wars

    383. A brief mention of Grisham

    384. More about Grisham, the 'master rule', popular authors, and Jim's Worldcon (2004) schedule link

    385. Briefly on character name vs. pronoun

    386. Readers are wiley creatures

    387. About some word count advice - may be specific to certain authors

    388. Reading unpublished work, how to tell if you are good enough for someone to offer you money

    389. Final revision and a story about one of Uncle Jim's experiences

    390. Where do you get your ideas?

    391. Dating the Muse

    392. Puzzling post refering to two pages of a Grisham novel The Summons but nothing else is there...perhaps edited out later?

    393. Some links to posts about WorldCon

    394. InfoDump (was there a story here (i.e., first several pages of "Jenny Nettles") that got edited out?)

    395. Post 2013 Foreign rights and a link to a good article by an editor

    396. Link to a 'fine article with much to teach us'

    397. Pen names

    398. Some definintions relating to publishing

    399. Copyright statement in a book is wrong?

    400. Really short answer about sentence fragments

    Well, a bit under 1200 more posts to go -- that last post (my number 400) was posted in August of '04.

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    How's that WIP coming along? Getting your BIC time in?

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    I had quite a few new links done the other day, stepped away from my computer for a minute and when I returned my cat was on the desk and my open "Reply to Thread" page was gone. I know, sounds like 'the dog ate my homework' doesn't it? Anyway here's the next 25 -- writing in a 'cat free zone' today!

    Proudly presenting my 101st post on AW:

    401. Answers a question about income from writing

    402. Suspense and openings

    403. Another firm reply about the subject 'and then'

    404. Suggests word by word analysis of some pages posted upthread from a couple of Grisham novels

    405. Page turning, interlibrary loan

    406. Multiple character problems in the first two pages of The Street Lawyer by Grisham

    407. Asks someone what's the difference between putting the hook in and engaging a reader's curiosity in the first paragraph

    408. On the way to Worldcon: formatting, pathetic fallacy, third person and a promise to get to the Grisham stuff

    409. Set piece, foreshadowing

    410. A little bit more about foreshadowing

    411. Give them room to work with in your finished manuscript

    412. Presents the first chapter of a new work -- unedited first draft

    413. Defines what 'first draft' meant in relation to the work in the prior link

    414. No longer has the prior version of the first chapter for comparison

    415. Reasonable expectation of copies sold for a first novel

    416. Distribution of that first novel into bookstores

    417. Show, don't tell

    418. Names and books and such -- second and third book letdown

    419. Pseudonyms, the Death Spiral (also discussed in topic #103)

    420. Link to anthology with a story from Uncle Jim

    421. Whose family should have a copy?

    422. Some thoughts on beating the Death Spiral

    423. Another anthology with a story by Uncle Jim

    424. JK Rowlings avoids the Death Spiral...but that wasn't the question

    425. Approaching romance between characters

    Well, that was post 2250 out of 3257, I'm getting closer to current events!
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