One of the things I always incorporate in my outlines are scenes. I may not always call it a scene, but it serves the same purpose. The organizational levels, for me, work out like the following:
- Opening paragraph
- Middle paragraphs
- Closing Paragraph
After having written nearly a dozen technical books, I know the value of an outline. In fact, in some ways, developing the outline is one of the more difficult aspects of writing a technical book. The outline is so important, that it actually becomes part of the book contract with the publisher. Because it is so much work, I try to make the outline as useful as possible, and not do as I did in Freshman English, write a sort-of outline after I finished writing. Continue reading
SUMMARY: There are many things about writing that is hard. One of the most difficult is knowing when to stop.
One of the hard things about writing is knowing when to stop. Now, I don’t mean for a career change sort of stopping, but when to stop for the day. I write nearly every day, including weekends. What I have found is that it works better if I know what I am going to write on the next day. That is, the last thing I do before knocking off for the day, is set things up for tomorrow. In this way, I can immediately get to work on the morrow. Continue reading
SUMMARY: A discussion of the problems that Victor Frankenstein had that lead to the creation of his monster.
It is a real shame that most people have never read Mary Shelly’s book, Frankenstein. Indeed, for most people, the sum of their exposure to Frankenstein is as a cheesy, grainy, black and white movie with a monster that moans like a harpooned seal, and looks like some sort of Halloween factory reject. Shame indeed. Continue reading
SUMMARY: In this article I talk about ways in which performance interprets the text upon which it is based.
Performance is Interpretation. In some ways, this may seem obvious, but then again maybe it is not. A common complaint I hear from people who have read a book and then watch a movie is that the movie “messes stuff up” or perhaps that the movie “is not as good as the book.” What is really meant, is that the directors vision for the book was different than that of the reader. There have been some notable exceptions … Continue reading
Do you ever think about search engines? Certainly the Bing search engine from Microsoft has made some tremendous improvements in the past year … and is in fact being updated with a Fall refresh. However, for all the advances in search technology, there are still problems – Continue reading
With the approach of the holiday season I feel that I must warn you about the infamous FFTC (Friends and family toting cameras). The FFTC seem to appear at all family gatherings like moths drawn to a flame, and their work can be as destructive to ones sense of well being and reputation. Continue reading