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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


 
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Dawn, this is awesome of you. But... but... is it just me, or are all the links not working right?
 

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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!
 
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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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Kate Nepveu said:
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.

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
 
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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
 
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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
[font=verdana,arial,helvetica]
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. :welcome: The cats are ignoring me but I couldn't ignore the laundry any longer, this is being done between loads. :rolleyes:

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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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 :eek:

425. Approaching romance between characters

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