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The Ghost Editor and His Clan…

So far switching between the Main Story and Side Stories  is working out very nicely  and I have managed to put together over 1800 words in the last 24 hours! Though I have to admit that the Ghost Editor and all his Relatives are doing their best to spoil the fun for me  – one trick they came up with was particularly unpleasant – they kept accosting me with worries and nudges about STYLE, telling me in green underlining that MY English, according to them, is not worth a damn. Which is especially aggravating since the Stylist and I do not have the same ideas about what works and what does not. His suggestions are sometimes INSANE and only proves that HE does not know how to write plain English! For some reason the morons keeps insisting that ‘myself’ should be replaced with ‘me’ AT ALL TIMES, even when it’s perfectly proper to use ‘myself, as in ‘I gave myself a pat on the back…’

I found the solution to that – TURN OFF the damn language checking feature in Word 2010!!! By all means leave the spellcheck in place, but TURN OFF the Grammar and Style check – I’ll use that once there are 50000 words in the bank.

And then there’s the second cousin removed twice, who comes up with IDEAS as if they were confetti at a birthday party. There I am, plodding along in one of my neat Side Stories about Monsters in a Cave, when Mr. Bright Idea opens his yap and YELLS “An order of Cloistered MONKS!!! You need an Order of Cloistered Monks, for Heaven’s Sake!” OK, Mr. Smarty-pants…I hear you, but exactly where do you suggest I ‘insert’ an Order of Cloistered Monks? I mean, it’s not like they are in the habit of inhabiting caves full of oversized gargoyles. “Oh, I don’t know, I just had the idea”, he shrugs and traipses off telling me “You’ll think of something…” as he crawls back down the slimy crevice in my head where he lives…

You get the picture – in the middle of a cave full of oversized gargoyles I become possessed by the THOUGHTS of Cloistered Monks…

Now that I don’t have a solution to – YET.

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The Ghost Editor

I wrote 518 words in the last 24 hrs…why? It’s not like I don’t have all sorts of ‘episodes’ of the story in my head…

here’re my ‘BookNotes for yesterday:

Valdemar turns off the direct trail

Young Kender follows party at a distance…

Confrontation with Leaders at some point before exit from mountain – when?

That’s at least three regular pages right there – and possibly 6 pages – at 400-500 words a page…so what is my problem?

My Problem is The Ghost Editor who keeps insisting that I write in a linear manner. Like I did in school, when I had 45 minutes to write a free essay, and any tale I spun had to start at the beginning and finish at the end… That’s one other reason why I usually write ‘episodically’. I.e I will tell you a short story, around 3-5 pages and that’s the extent of what I can produce in one sitting – 45 minutes.

Mind you, I always got A+ on my essays in school, but free floating 3-5 page essays don’t make a novel.

So, The Ghost Editor insists on linear writing – which is fine when I am just telling a short story – but it’s hell when I am trying to write 50000 cohesive words into a story…

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