Underwater Airplane

Feb 08, 2010
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Underwater Airplanes sounds like an oxymoron, but it is what Sir Richard is attempting to build and sell at Virgin Atlantic. The idea is to produce vessels that can carry people under water over great distances or to great depth for tourism (similar to his space tourism scheme). This is not a new idea, except […]

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Character Development

Feb 01, 2010
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Developing “real” characters can be one of the hardest tasks in writing. Even with no dialogue, character development must be tackled. Characters can be anyone or anything. Your character could be a house, a dog, a person. The character’s hopes, dreams, fears and oddities that make them complete. Many authors fall into the trap of […]

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Capturing Ideas

Jan 25, 2010
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Writing is capturing ideas. Your mind can be amazing. As you search for topics to write on, do not reject any ideas. Some ideas may not be appropriate for you chosen style of writing, or for all audiences. Still, jot down everything. You never know what will be an important piece of a future work. […]

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Ice Storm

Jan 23, 2010
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Sitting as a wall flower in a meeting with high level managers allows the mind to wander. Facing a wall of windows on a winter day in the mid-west provides a playground of ideas and observations. Morning and the flags are hanging so sadly draped against the poles. Sad but still providing the only color […]

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Tossing the Political Football Back

Jan 18, 2010
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On January 14, 2010, Zarberg posted an article that used two examples to show how politicians “put other’s lives on the line so they can get more money.” I could have posted comments, but I would have needed too many. Instead I have opted for a rebuttal, not a refutation. I also was profoundly affected […]

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How Do I Keep Up the Pace?

Jan 04, 2010
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How do I keep up the pace? This is a question that many authors face, sometimes in their own heads, sometimes honestly and out in the open. Some people would suggest setting aside specific time. This is a great idea if you have that kind scheduling skill/flexibility. Establishing specific times, you could set yourself up […]

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What Do You Want To Write?

Dec 28, 2009
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What do you really want to write? That is the first question that any author has to address. Are you into short stories, poems, novels, essays? All of the various forms of written expression have deferent demands. The poet seems to be the most unique of all authors. Poetry within itself can tell a story, […]

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What’s Next for Martin?

Dec 21, 2009
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Writing a novel is quite an undertaking. Trying to put a deadline on yourself is nearly impossible. I recently participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) which is a world wide competition to simply write a story of at least 50,000 words during the month of November. I succeeded. This success was documented while […]

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Status of the Steelers

Dec 14, 2009
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I know that I was brought to this site to primarily discuss the pleasures and stresses of writing, but I am also a man. This article will focus on one of my favorite and most painful pastime, professional football, specifically the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born in Pittsburgh and am old enough to remember the […]

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Writer’s Diary

Dec 09, 2009
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12/1 – I really did a lot of editing before continuing the story.  My wife read the first two chapters and helped out a lot, especially in the female character dialog.  Finished up chapter 39 and chapter 40.  I have the main character working hard at being a good farmer.  He is working with and […]

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