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babooher
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Kind of like 1st world problems but more literary. Not exactly something you're seeking help with, just a problem you encounter as a writer.

For instance, I recently settled on a title that I actually liked for a short I've been struggling with. Then I realized how to fix a huge chunk of the problems I had been having with the story, but now the title doesn't really make sense.

I guess I'll tuck it away for another day. *shrugs* Writer problems.

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extrinsic
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My plan and draft process usually starts with an outcome inspiration; ergo, I backtrack to a start scene, sometimes not far enough back or too far back. Often, I miss the ideal start time when in doubt and continue to add previous time scenes. They exponentially multiply and reverberate back through time like images in two mirrors that face each other.

My strategy then becomes narrowed focus, ever more narrowed. This results in condensation and conflation that almost always results in tighter structures and movements. Three events become one; three settings become one, three characters become one, three complications become one, three conflicts become one; and, of course, three tangible and three intangible contentions become one congruent tangible and intangible contention -- three acts become one.

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Robert Nowall
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Word counts. How reliable is the word count on my Word program? In the olden days, I usually counted every word on four pages, divided by four, and multiplied by the number of pages in the work. For really short works I'd count every word.

I use the word count from Word...but it seems to count punctuation and such as words...so should I?

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Unnamed character created solely for a scene that was meant to avoid a major info dump, turning out to be the most interesting character in the story. Upon further reflection, I realized I'd rather write the story with this character in the mix, and scrapped rather advanced plans for a three book series and about 30K words (and left another 30K for major edit/rewrite).

Ah, well. Writer problems.

The second draft of a story (first draft was about 60K words), blowing up out of proportion. Upon further review, I realized that the story before it blew up doesn't even hold a handle to what it blew up into. So, the whole thing is going back to first draft status, to be reworked into either a story of monstrous proportions, or a three book series of more modest proportions.

Ah, well. Writer problems.

Having decent stories be born, grow, mature, and die in my head, because there's no time to sit down and write them out because, well, family and bills and life, you know. (and, when luck has it so, other, already existing, but yet unfinished stories)

Ah, well. Writer problems.

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Grumpy old guy
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Having graduated from a PC running Windows to a laptop running Linux I found out that my keyboard likes to add the occasional double character or space. Just like thhat.

Annoying as hell.

But I did find out that LibreOffice writer will automatically correct such mistakes, except for added spaces, if I tell it to always replace the misspelt word with a particular choice of mine--usually works.

1st world problems are annoying.

Phil.

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IRWhite
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quote:
Originally posted by Grumpy old guy:
Having graduated from a PC running Windows to a laptop running Linux I found out that my keyboard likes to add the occasional double character or space. Just like thhat.

Annoying as hell.

But I did find out that LibreOffice writer will automatically correct such mistakes, except for added spaces, if I tell it to always replace the misspelt word with a particular choice of mine--usually works.

1st world problems are annoying.

Phil.

Don't know if LibreOffice can do search and replace ... if it can, search for " " and replace with " " ... That's how I saved my sanity when I went from double space after a period to single space after a period in MSWord.
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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Nowall:
Word counts. How reliable is the word count on my Word program? In the olden days, I usually counted every word on four pages, divided by four, and multiplied by the number of pages in the work. For really short works I'd count every word.

I use the word count from Word...but it seems to count punctuation and such as words...so should I?

Robert, I'd recommend counting the number of words in the lines on a couple of pages, then average that and multiply by the number of lines.

You round it up to the nearest hundred for short stories and to the nearest thousand for longer works anyway, so it doesn't have to be exact.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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quote:
Originally posted by Grumpy old guy:
Having graduated from a PC running Windows to a laptop running Linux I found out that my keyboard likes to add the occasional double character or space. Just like thhat.

Annoying as hell.

Phil.

Phil, my new laptop (ran Windows 7 till I upgraded) tends to give me double letters, too. And yeah, crazy-making.

Just saying--it may be the keyboard more than the software.

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