Guy L. Pace

Living to Write

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Writing short fiction helps you develop your craft. You learn the structure of a story, how to develop a character, and how to keep a story focused. A short story is usually between 3,000 and 7,500 words. Of course, this depends on your market. Some print and online magazines have their own ideas Continue Reading

Life

Life sometimes takes a turn. Sometimes it gets in the way. Sometimes it just gets kinda full. Believe me, I am not the world’s most disciplined writer. I work best under pressure of a deadline (thus my preference to use NaNoWriMo to complete first drafts). Getting through the first draft, or course, it a great Continue Reading

Get Mobile

Sometimes, you have to get mobile. Prior to the current version of Scrivener, I would save a copy of my current project to a thumb drive (USB flash drive, the little dongle that plugs into one of the holes on your computer) and carry it along with my laptop when I traveled. This worked fine, Continue Reading

What You Know

What You Know Most have heard this advice about writing: Write what you know. For new writers, especially younger ones, this is a confusing bit of advice. You want to write a mystery novel involving a murder set in Rome. Your mind is full of the plugs you’ll have: “International intrigue!” “Globe-trotting Sleuth!” But, then you Continue Reading

Templates

Templates I mentioned last week that Scrivener has templates for characters and settings to help you keep track of details. When you set up your project you choose the kind of project it will be. In this image I selected Fiction, and i have the choice of Scrivener setting up a n0vel, a novel with Continue Reading

Scrivener

Scrivener I use Scrivener for all my writing. My first experience with Scrivener was back in 2012, when I was getting ready to NaNoWriMo my first novel, Sudden Mission. I had recently moved from Windows to Mac and needed a solid writing tool. I didn’t want to spend the cash to get Microsoft Office for Continue Reading

Hi, 2017!

2017 Our gift from 2017 is snow. Lots and lots of snow. And cold. Yeah, we got some cold here. Both the weather cold and the virus cold. Not fun together. But, we’re getting past the virus cold. I’ve cleared the drive and sidewalk on an almost daily basis. The back yard is about knee-deep Continue Reading

Holidays

Holidays NaNoWriMo 2016 is over, the end of the year holidays are here. I’m working through the last of the chapters of my “work in progress” and revising the story. This has been an interesting project and North Carolina will never be the same. This work, with the working title of Alien Alliance, will be Continue Reading

Winner

Winner! Today I passed the 50,000 word mark and am now an official NaNoWriMo 2016 winner! My word count for November 29 is 1,816. My daily average was 1,751. The total word count uploaded for the win today: 50,793. The first draft is not finished, though. There are a couple of chapters yet to write Continue Reading

Day Twenty-Two

Home Stretch This is Day Twenty-two. My word count is at 39,707 words. I wrote 3,047 words today, and I’m averaging 1,804 word per day now. By this time next week, I should have passed the 50,000 word mark for NaNoWriMo-2016 and be well on the way to my personal goal of 60,000. Or, I’ll be Continue Reading

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