Writing Resolutions

August 21st, 2008

Just thought you might like to know that I was asked to blog on Acme Authors Link and I shared with them my new writing resolutions. Some of these may be helpful to you, or maybe not, but take a look.  If you find anything you like, let the people at Acme know — they’re all very good writers.

I’ll be announcing some new plans for this blog in the next week or so.  Right now, I’m in the blissful position of having the ending to my novel actually presenting itself for inspection, and I’m typing as fast as I can to keep up with it.

9 Responses to “Writing Resolutions”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Woohoo! Picture us on the sidelines of the marathon, holding out Dixie cups of water as you whoosh by 🙂

  2. usman Says:

    Love to hear what you say.

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Usman!!!! So great to hear from you. I’m glad to know you’re well and online — how’s the writing?

    And Lisa, you have a remarkable talent for friendship. If I had twenty friends like you, I’d forget about being published and just read out loud.

    I’ll be online in the next 3-4 days with a proposal for changing this blog and will be looking for honest reactions.

  4. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Awww. If I died tomorrow and the only thing my obituary said was, “she was a good friend”, this will have been a life worth living.

  5. Dana King Says:

    Great advice, and, for me, timely. I’m having a hard time making decisions about the soon to be WIP. You’re the second random source in as many days to advocate not worrying about where I’m going, to get good characters and let them take me there. That’s hard for me, but it’s also starting to occur to me that I can only grow as a writer by leaving my comfort zone.

    Thanks.

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Dana — Glad to know you’re about to get a book started. For a while there, I was doubting my own method — MISDIRECTION seemed to be on its way to being the first endless novel, the only book people could read their entire lives and never finish, but now all I’m missing is some connective tissue and then an edit to get rid of about 10,000 words. When that’s done, I’ll have an actual novel, with a beginning, a middle, and (I can’t believe it) an end.

    Get yours going so we can all read it.

  7. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    MERRILEE FABER WROTE: Good resolutions there, and a good example for new writers. I like what you say about not being afraid to go off in new directions, and to follow your characters, not lead them around.

    But I had 130 spam messages and I was in a deleting frenzy and deleted it. You CAN NOT undelete responses in WordPress — I had to page back to the deleted response and cut and paste it into a new response.

    Anybody got a solution to this?

    And thanks, Merrilee — I hope someone finds something practical there. I love the Murakami quote at the end about pain being inevitable but suffering being optional.

  8. Larissa Says:

    Hey tim,

    I’m glad you have a chance to share your wealth of knowledge with other writers because I know I’ve got some of your tips running through my head like a mantra. Anyway-congratulations on getting the end of your book in sight, I’m still plugging away. I have thrown any idea of editing out the window-to the point where I don’t even care if the small stuff is messy because I don’t want to stop the overall flow. Names of cafes or little fixes will come later, what I need now is good dialog, scenes that accomplish something and a general thread that makes sense and makes me feel good about what I’m writing…all that big stuff. What I’m trying to say in all of that, I guess, is that if I hadn’t sat down and read your entire blog about writing first I may not be 17k words into anything. I’ve never written this much before so I’m happy. Anyway-thanks and happy writing sir.

  9. Jen Forbus Says:

    Tim,
    I LOVED your post at ACME, especially the resolution about characters. Characters make a book for me 99 times out of 100, and I have been chewing on an idea for a post at my blog about characters. I’m going to use your resolution as a spring board for that. Thanks!! –Jen

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