Category: Timed writing Writing practice

A Short Course in Structure ~ Writing Tips for the Committed Novelist

Paula Lowe, editor at Solo Novo Magazine, invited me to write a few guest blog posts on the magazine’s Facebook page. I saw this as a chance to pull together into one sequence some of the ideas Bob and I have developed about structure, the novel, and screenwriting.

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Deborah Allen Interviews Jack Remick

Deborah Allen Interviews Jack Remick: Today’s questions focus on Remick’s path to publication. One technique he uses is called ‘timed writing’. Tomorrow I’ll let him explain what timed writing is, and how it helps the writing process.

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Timed Writing Locations and Times

All timed writing sessions are open to all writers. Arrive a few minutes early, buy a cup of something before writing. Tuesdays and Fridays: 2:15 to 3:30–Louisa’s Bakery Cafe 2379 Eastlake E. Seattle, 98102 Wednesday 2:15 to 3:30–Q Cafe 3223 15th Ave. W, Seattle 98119 Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30 at Pacific Coast Bakery in Redmond. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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Fiction Page–Work by Robert J Ray and Jack Remick

   Intro We both write at Louisa’s Bakery and Café . Now Vios Café, twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:30. 45 minutes of writing, then we read. It’s noisy at Louisa’s. Music, talk, the coffee machine. Keep writing. Shove your words at the noise. Jack writes on a yellow legal pad split down the middle. Keep the lines short and you get better verbs. Bob writes in a field-notes notebook turned sideways, split down the middle. Both Jack and Bob hate –LY adverbs. Sickeningly, allowably, enlighteningly, even salaciously. Jack’s rewriting his Ricky Edwards coming of age novel. The new title is Either/Or, homage to a philosopher named Kierkegaard .In January, 2011, Jack’s novel, Blood, came out from Camel Press. Bob’s rewriting Murdock #6, Murdock Tackles Taos. In February, 2009, Bob’s how-to, The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel, came out from Watson-Guptill.  Roots When Jack and I wrote The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, we were both writing fiction. Jack had published a novel, The Stolen House, and loads of short stories. I had a couple of Murdocks (Private Eye books), a skewed attempt at a thriller, and a tennis novel. The how-to-write a mystery book sprang from Dell’s rejection of how-to-write a short story in 90 minutes. The Dell editor said: how about writing a how-to about mystery novels? Two and a half years later, after tossing out...

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