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Writing Process Wednesdays, and Writer’s Block

So, I have finally experienced the dreaded block: staring at my WiP, words stumbling over themselves refusing to be put in order, and refusing to be put down on paper, much less typed into the word processor.

After a few minutes of agonized worry that this would take up valuable time, I reached for a sheet of scrap paper meaning to write a throw away paragraph, but instead, out came the sketch of the scene that you see featured above.

Did it help?  Sort of.

Shira

Action Items:

1.) Share your thoughts, please.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Writing Process Wednesdays, Editing Out Passages, and Why Phase II?

     Story,  language learning, and continuing education, all connect vitally to our democracy.  This passage, I decided to edit out, for brevity, from the Do Better Manual.   Please read it in the format best suited to you, after re-checking your voter’s registration.   So many re-writes, even in a fully and meticulously outlined book.

Here is another page from an edited out chapter that might bear posting as a separate blog post:

“This combination of greater empathy and learning opens the way for a far greater understanding of the importance to society of the Public Health Service, and of universal access to at least a basic standard of health care. The Covid-19 global pandemic has thrown into stark relief both the increasing levels of inequality world-wide, and the dangers that that inequality, particularly lack of access to basic health care and disease prevention via basic water and sewage infrastructure, pose to even the well-off in this world. Universal access to at least some minimal level of health care acts as a safe-guard for all members of society. In like fashion, the empathy built by traveling and seeing with one’s own eyes how other human beings share the potential for creating new tools, given the time and resources, should lead to the realization that all human beings need and deserve access to the basic tools for survival. Only education and a basic income can provide that security at a local and regional level, which in turn generates increasing security at all levels. A Universal Basic Income, similar to what Dr. King called for, and universal free education, much like what is available to citizens of many European Union member states today, is a start. That start, toward shared tools and shared food security, energy security, and security of life, limb, and person, can move us forward to the ultimate goal: a world in which no human being need fear for lack of the basic necessities of life.

Phase II thus prepares a cultural space for the potential of new policies and even new forms of governance, by laying the groundwork for the initial sets of new policies in Phase III.                Shared learning never stops expanding. That expansion of knowledge and of empathy necessarily leads to new understanding. Some of that understanding includes the basic need for tools, which is what distinguishes Homo Sapiens from other animals, as we continually use our existing tools to develop new and more effective tools for the variety of tasks we face.                Naturally, it takes time to learn to use tools, and more time to develop new ones. Given the time, and the basic resources, each and every human being can and should contribute to the security and well-being of humankind. But such contributions require basic security: food security, energy security, and security of life, limb and shelter. The Community Serving Adults forged in Phase II will be equipped to help make that happen for all of us. Secure and confident Serving Adults realize that each person needs the time and the resources to contribute the energy needed to build new forms of governance, with buy in and consensus at all levels, from local to global.               ”

It was initially part of a framing chapter that I decided, upon Beta Reader feedback, needed to be shortened, and later deleted.  But the chapter had a purpose, which had been to explain the need for each phase in it’s turn.  Specifically, the second phase in our 60-80 year sequence.

Shira

Action Items:

1.) Share your thoughts, please.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Writing Process Wednesdays, Voice, and Character Pet Phrases

Voice is important for helping readers distinguish characters from one another in dialogue, and each main char having a unique pet phrase can help with that.  Little J’s (the son of our hero and his wife Lucy, still captive in MD…) pet expression came to me as I thought about other characters in relation to him.

Shira

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Action Items:

1.) Share your thoughts on choosing a PoV for a story, and how it can affect readers ways of seeing the world.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Writing Process Wednesdays, Deciding PoV

Point of View is a determining factor in conveying the mood of a story, so here is how I outlined the various Points of View in my subplots for Who By Fire, starting with my hero’s wife..

The grids above show both who tells the story from what point of view, by subplot, and whose story each subplot tells.  I decided that I needed to make the voices of the various subplot narrators as distinct as possible, and some felt easier to narrate in 1st person than others, while I have always preferred close third for a full novel (even if I do seem to find 1st person far easier to write in, at least for a short story).

Shira

Action Items:

1.) Share your thoughts on choosing a PoV for a story, and how it can affect readers ways of seeing the world.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Last Early Draft Outlines: the later years of Phase III

This post is, though the book is now done,  the rough draft of  Chapter 10, section III. A. of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 9 will introduce the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase III.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

I was posting rough draft sections in order to compare with later drafts, but now I see that posting too much of the rough draft is just tiring, so this will be my last, unless I have scheduled some that I may miss.   I’ll be concentrating on drafting my novel in progress, Who By Fire, so this may get lost, and I ask your indulgence, Thoughtful Readers, if it does.

 

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

(Chapter 10, section II. D. was last week)

Chapter 10, section III. A.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 10, section III. B. )

 

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Action Items:

1.) Consider sharing some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Writing Process: Shifting Gears is Hard, but Notes Help

Transitioning from Project Do Better, now that it’s finished, back to my novel work in progress, Who By Fire, is much more difficult than I anticipated. I’ve been trying to work on both of these books at the same time, with the result that the novel has been vastly neglected. Now that I’m winding down the work on the Do Better manifesto, even as I still search for someone to pass the baton for the Project, I find myself thinking there must be something that I’ve missed or some other thing that I need to do for Project Do Better.  I find that the notes I’ve taken on the writing process, as I continue to work on my craft, help a bit.   Concentrating on the novel still feels like a world away, though.
As our world gets warmer and warmer, in bad ways.

Shira

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, & What is Graciousness?

    Here’s another dead darling: 

In this way (via Phase II) we may move from a society where rudeness is too often the norm, to one in which graciousness is valued. As one example of graciousness, a wheel-chair bound friend told this story. A person’s dog snarled at her, and the owner apologized, which was the civil thing to do. Going one step further, the person then offered to call a cab for her, which was the gracious thing to do. A society in which graciousness is valued will be both a more compassionate society and a more creative one. It is this new way of assuring and certifying Service Adult status that has the potential to drive real and sustainable cultural change. As Phase II progresses and more people step up to take the Adulthood Service Challenge, an increasing thirst to help improve other communities outside of our country may develop, as well. Yet, we have much to do first, to clean up our own house.

This story was out of place in the Do Better manifesto, as an academic book, so it had to be cut.

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           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

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Shira


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The Writing Is Done, The Umbrella Project Has Begun

     I have finally published the Do Better manifesto as a manual for community organizers looking for a long term plan that they can modify for their own communities, and use to work together with other projects and communities to help build a unified movement for the Common Good.
     The book,  Project Do Better: Enough For All, in Four Phases, comes in various sizes of PDF, as an epub, and as a mobi file from the stores that would allow me to set the price to Free, meaning that Amazon and the library systems, which require a minimum price well above that, did not allow me to publish through them.  Note that I personally prefer the ePub, since most PDF readers on the phone are not capable of showing the thumbnails or bookmarks that bring up the left hand side Table of Contents in the published PDF, so if reading it on a mobile phone without an eBook Reader, one may prefer the draft 9 pdf, which has the Table of Contents inside the document (but it looks much better using the left side tab, in a desktop PDF reader).  I can download and send about 20 different sizes of PDF if needed, and copies are currently available:
    Draft2Digital says that the distribution will shortly also include Smashwords, so that should also make the epub and mobi versions more easily accessible in a few months or so.
    I still need a logo for the project, and help with getting the word out about this project, from all willing hands.  I plan to start sending a copy of the book to each person cited in the notes, page by page, and then to look for communities and organizers who might be interested in collaborating with the project, or using the book as a starting point for their own long term planning.  I will happily send the editable version of this book to communities wishing to modify it and publish their own versions of this plan.
Thoughts, Fellow Writers?
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Novel Writing Process, and Why I Hate & Love Character Creation

I love getting to know my characters, figuring out how they think, why they would do certain things, or not, and getting to know who they are and how they became that person.  But it’s a dead space in the word count listing!!
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For a person who likes to check items off of the daily To Do list, it is a process that is frustratingly unchartable.  Yet, it remains a rewarding process, seeing what incidents in the life of your person led to decisions, thought patterns, and habits.  A painstaking process, to be sure, as I get to know how my protagonist, Isaias, will react to plot events, and thus create the story.
Thoughts, Fellow Writers?
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Do Better Writing Process, and Rm’d Non Sequiturs

  This was a section that an early Rough Draft reader noted did not go with the rest of that paragraph, or part of the chapter, rather, so I reluctantly removed it.  It was part of the Preface, I believe, or maybe the Introduction.

(                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        …Like Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky and others have written many books and articles detailing a variety of critiques of US and other current societies, in terms of the damage that governments of the United States and other developed nations allow to be done in the name of economic competition.                A just society must be just for its own citizens, and must also promote the ideals upon which it is founded in its dealings with other societies.                On that basis, Chomsky finds that US treatment of other nations is especially unjust, and that injustice is a reflection of treatment withing US society of the most vulnerable communities within US society, as well, such as Black Americans, refugees, and women of all races.                So, the treatment of citizens within a just society must also be mirrored by how that society treats those outside of its boundaries with whom it has dealings, as Chomsky points out on page 83 of his book Profits over People: unfairly vilifying and then crushing a nation for the sake of economic competition is unjust not only to those outside of a society, but even to those within the ‘winning’ society, as the reality of such behavior is evident even to small children, when viewed without the coloring of propaganda.                The effects within US society, for example, of the embargo against Cuba over the long term, have been to harden views in some quarters against any compromise or opening of discussion on the topic, while others in American society have come to see hard-liners insistent on the embargo as both anti-Cuban and even anti-immigration.)

   Draft 8 is done, and as of Friday, July 1st, a logo is needed for the project that can also be edited to act as the book cover for this manifesto.  Suggested images in the Public Domain are most welcome, whether drawn by yourself, Kind Reader, or an already existing PD image.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Sihirli Annem, Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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