Questions 759: 2020 New Writing Goals, 2019 Goals Review

Today Vega asks: Last year,   I asked you about your writer goals for 2019. So, how has the year been? Have you achieved/dropped/changed your 2019 goals? And what are your writing goals for 2020, both in storycraft and in business?

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Resources Mentioned
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
Lombard Alchemist Tales by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Dune by Frank Herbert
Frock Coat Dreams by J. Daniel Sawyer
Sculpting God by J. Daniel Sawyer
Ideas, Inc by J. Daniel Sawyer
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 758 – Holiday Cannibalism and Roman’a’Clef

Lisa asks: How does one base characters on real-life people without pissing them off?

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Questions 756 – Diction and Dictation

Tim asks:  I can now dictate 100 words/minute, but drafts are still sloppy.  Do you have any tips on improving my verbal flow for less sloppy dictation?

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Questions 755 – More on the Open Source Office

Melisa asks: How can you set up open source publishing tools without a steep learning curve?

OpenOffice
Libreoffice
Vellum
Sigil
InDesign
Scribus

 

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Questions 754 – Hidden Characters

Brad asks: Can you use unseen characters to good effect, and if so… how?

Resources Mentioned

Charlie’s Angels (tv show)
The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Wizard of Oz, film
A Few Good Men
Alien Triple Pack (1-3)
The Thing (1982)
Who Goes There by John Campbell
Psycho (film)
Psycho, a novel by Robert Bloch
Earthcore by Scott Sigler
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Talented My Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming

Questions 752 – Resuming a Project

Tim asks: When you go back to an unfinished project, how do you get psyched for it?

Resources Mentioned
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Bodies in the Basement by J. Daniel Sawyer

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