Writings of Stuart Whitmore

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A Novel Tool

Outlines. Index cards. Character bios and back stories. There are many ways you can prepare to write a novel, and many easily-obtained tools for both the preparation and the writing. For example, my first books in the early 1980s were written with ballpoint pens and spiral notebooks (and, admittedly, very little planning), but nobody will be surprised at this point that computers are now the physical tool of choice for many writers. Of course a computer by itself won't do much good without software, and you have many choices, some of which are free. If you're looking for software, perhaps to get ready for NaNoWriMo next month, I recommend taking a close look at one free software package called Celtx.

#SampleSunday: Part of the Journey...

I decided to give #SampleSunday another try. Today I am posting an excerpt from "Journey to Yandol" which is the main short story in the collection Journey to Yandol, and other stories. If you like this sample, I hope you will also read the samples that are made available through online retailers, and, naturally, order your copy if you like the samples you read!

A sample from "Journey to Yandol"

Deadlines, Deadlines

November is approaching fast, and in the writing community that means NaNoWriMo is also approaching fast. What is NaNoWriMo? In a nutshell, it is a one-month challenge to write a complete novel. It is a great opportunity for writers who have day jobs other than writing to focus on a novel project. The definition of a novel, for the purposes of NaNoWriMo, is 50,000 words.

Motivated to Read

Earlier this week I attended an open house event for parents at a local school. Due to some performance concerns on standardized tests last year, the school announced a renewed emphasis on reading. It never seemed to me that reading was not being emphasized enough there, considering (for example) that every summer students are assigned, by grade level, a certain book to read over summer break. When school resumes in the fall, they are also required to write an essay about the book. I tend to be somewhat skeptical about standardized tests, but I also can't argue with maintaining or increasing an emphasis on reading. From what I understand, that new approach will emphasize reading in non-English classes including math, PE, and more. This might help, but I'm not convinced that it will have a significant impact.

Encouraging students to read is a valid goal, because effective reading is a gateway knowledge that opens many more educational doors. If you can't read, and read effectively, you will face many struggles in school and beyond. While much of human history allowed people to get by in life fairly easily without reading, this is no longer true.

New Kindle and More

This is an exciting week in the tablet market. For the past few months, rumors of a new Kindle device have tantalized readers as well as those of us writers who provide e-books for the Kindle. Many have speculated about what the features of the new device will be. As the official announcement drew nearer, more reliable specifics began appearing online. Even the apparent new name for the device, Kindle Fire, has been leaked. Now, it appears we are within 36 hours of the official announcement. This must be an exciting time for Amazon as well.

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