“Gather Organize Assess Transcribe”
Gather – notes, information, eyewitness accounts, photos, etc.
Organize – by date, news, contrast, compare, persuade [if you’re an editor] Usually following the rule of threes.
Assess – after laying out the basic items in groups – what is missing from the plot? are you plotting ‘away’ from what is known (or what a character wishes to do for fiction) and need to reassess where you’re going. Find the extra data needed.
Transcribe – literally all the notes and pix into an RTF-or-better file. Keep adding as you gather more stuff later as well.
Repeat OAT as many times as necessary until it reads clear and truthful (or ‘truthy’ for fiction – see article on Truthyness 2014)
President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.
Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.
Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller, drug-afficionado, and bipolar writer – who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for two decades – has died by his own hand.
He was 61.
HEADLINE: “Jeff Sessions Puts Death Penalty In Play”
You can’t “put the death penalty in play”. It’s not a puck, dropped onto the table for morons to bat around in a life-and-death game of air-hockey.
You can stupidly forget that this isn’t a theocracy of morons, but a democracy in which the DP is unlawful in some places, and strut your drunk-ass around pretending that you have ANY influence over anything.
It seems like the beltway boys are generally useless, in-bred, narcissistic racists with illusions of superiority while still being entirely out-of-touch with the idiocracy of proles they ‘represent’. JustOneMansOpinion
Write write write
Edit edit edit
Got lost lost lost
Need a roadmap… map… map…
Once you are confident that your characters, plot, structure, and pacing are working, you can dig into the smaller details. At this stage, make sure that your timeline works and your setting hangs together. Create calendars and maps to keep track of when things happen and where people go. Then polish, polish, polish.
It’s a never-ending book… this month is simply focused on a line-by line reading, note-taking, redacting, revising to match errors, and tracking invented truths
It’s 82 chapters of 315,000 words of saga broken down into consumable bites both 80,000 words in length and sub-sected about 2000 per chapter (164,000 [2 units]). I’d like to come back to these (and the next two in series) in a few years and drop them into one volume with supporting short stories.
It’s what I would have loved – a 380,000 word book I could sink my teeth into when I was a kid.
Staying off Facebook for Lent has been one of the most frustrating things I’ve done…