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Future Story Ideas . . . At Least, That’s What It Was Supposed To Be About

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 18, 2017 in Rants, Writing process |

Welcome to a new, (supposedly) regular feature of this blog where I go through a list of some “things for writers to blog about”.  Sometimes I will, amazingly enough, actually be blogging about whatever the suggested topic is instead of snarking about it! Today is not one of those days, however. Today’s topic — as […]

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Anyone interested in being a beta reader?

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 17, 2017 in No More Lies, Rants, Writing process |

I want more people’s opinions on the-gods-please-let-this-be-the-final-draft of No More Lies. I know there are a million writer hangouts online where I can ask, but all of those have the expectation that I’ll also beta read the other guys’ stuff and, quite frankly, I don’t have the temperament to be a good beta reader . . […]

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Why Does It Take Me So Long To Realize Things?!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on November 18, 2016 in Jake's Last Mission, Short stories, Writing process |

WARNING:  AUTHOR IS OVER-CAFFEINATED AND THEREFORE EVEN MORE RAMBLY THAN USUAL.  THE AUTHOR ASKS YOUR FORGIVENESS FOR ANY LONG-WINDED TANGENTS SHE MAY GO OFF ON. Today I was participating in a thread on the NaNoWriMo forums and had a sudden realization.  (Yes, I’m participating this year.  Yes, I know I wrote a whole blogpost last […]

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The Creative Process

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 12, 2016 in Jake's Last Mission, Writing process |

Clean cut looking ship’s captain, looking at Jake critically:  How old are you, son?  Standard years, not local. Jake, fourteen Earth years old, slightly shaggy shoulder length red hair:  Seven, give or take a bit. First dude, looking a bit disappointed and shaking his head:  I’m sorry, but I can’t take you on.  You’re . […]

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Announcing a new project

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 4, 2016 in Writing process |

In a lot of ways, it’s become increasingly evident to me over the years that my love of books didn’t follow the same trajectory as most of my fellow sf/f authors.  When they recount the first books they fell in love with, almost without exception they’re sf/f novels.  With authors of a certain age, it’s […]

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I got bored

Posted by Shannon Haddock on December 31, 2015 in Rants, Writing process |

I’m bored; I haven’t blogged in a while; and I have a new story refusing to form into anything more than a vague concept.  In the hopes of maybe getting a tiny grasp on one of the characters, I dove into my collection of character creation questionnaires.  (I believe I’ve mentioned before that I collect […]

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Some rambly thoughts on treating writing like any other job and the American work ethic

Posted by Shannon Haddock on November 16, 2015 in Rants, Writing process |

WARNING:  I get political in this one.  I’m not willing to argue politics, so if you’re of the opinion that the American work ethic is obviously the best thing in the universe, just stop reading here and save us both a headache, please?  Also, I’m not willing to debate the existence of talent, or the […]

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Long term writing updates

I was looking through some old blogposts, on a different site so don’t go looking for them here, that were writing related updates.  I thought it could be amusing/interesting to revisit these old updates and see what became of these stories.  And then I decided to do the same to one from here from last […]

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The Hardest Part of Writing A Novel . . .

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 26, 2015 in Rants, Writing process |

. . . is coming up with fucking titles! Synopsis of story (as planned, details will, of course, change):  Quinn is a middle-aged ladies’ man.  Renata is one of his closest friends and occasional bedmate.  He’s fallen in love with her.  Not lust, not infatuation, love.  He doesn’t want to admit this.  He feels he’s too […]

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Yay!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 18, 2015 in No More Lies, Writing process |

I just solved a plot problem in No More Lies that’s been bothering me since late 2013 when I wrote the first draft of the section I’m currently revising!  I’ve known since pretty much when I wrote it that the section would need drastic cuts . . . one of those times when an idea works much better […]

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