The Vomit Draft #ThrowbackThursday

In today’s #ThrowbackThursday, we travel back to April, 2017, when I took part in the #AtoZChallenge. For 26 days, I wrote 26 blogs, each starting with a sequential letter of the alphabet. “V” stood for the Vomit Draft

The object of the vomit draft is to turn off the internal editor, write fast, and throw up all over the page (or screen). Clean up the mess later.My old critique group—and others, as I’ve heard this term since—called the first draft the vomit draft. The object is to turn off the internal editor, write fast, and throw up all over the page (or screen). Clean up the mess later.

I’m a firm supporter of the vomit draft. I wrote my last two books using this method. Of course, I wrote them as NaNo books (one officially, one on my own). There’s no choice but to write fast and hard, creating a vomit draft.

Here are some bad examples:

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Cool Links 9-19-20 Edition

Cool Links 9-19-20 Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve shared the cool internet links I’ve found this week. Here’s the 9-19-20 edition. We’ll take a look at a cool camper, animals that count, and how the aquarium residents are handling the coronavirus.

A cool camper

If you’ve ever dreamed about getting away from it all and take to the road, you’ll have to beat what Clare’s done to her “Mouse House.” Complete with a kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom, and living area, it fills a camper van.

Would you travel in this van?

Animals that count

We’ve all seen footage of a horse solving mathematical problems by counting with his hoof, but did you know other animals count in real life?

Chickens, chimps, and ants are a few wild creatures that know how to count. Learn more here.

Covid-19 Critters Go Visiting

With aquariums and zoos shut down due to the coronavirus, the permanent residents are on the move. The Shedd Aquarium let loose its penguins, and the Georgia Aquarium has installed video cams to allow citizens to visit online. Check out the beluga whales!

9-19-20 edition

 

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The Five Whys #ThrowbackThursday

The Secret of the Five Whys

The secret of the five whys is known to a few writers, but it’s such an awesome way to know your characters and thus make plotting easier, that we had to share. Feel free to pass it on.

The five whys

A long time ago, when I started writing, a friend (hey, Lisa!) would grill me on my character’s motivation. One answer was never enough for her, she had to ask and ask and ask until the character was stripped bare. Only then would she relent and let me continue telling the rest of the story.

I named her method “The Five Whys” because that was the average number of times she asked me “Why?” about the character.

Let me give you an example.

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