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First Draft


Source: http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/first-draft/ Big Red Car here on an early Thursday. Hope you are well. God help the Carolinas. Much of life is about getting beyond its first draft. A writer develops a first draft subject to a lot of self-editing and then sends it to a professional editor. That editor will undertake the following Stations of the Cross:  1. Three developmental edits focused on ensuring the story is really a story and that it contains a theme, a plot, a story arc, interesting characters good and bad, tons of conflict, a conflict resolution and a denouement. Each time the editor finishes their edit, the writer will revise the piece. It looks like this: “BRC REV after DE 1” meaning this is the BRC’s revision of the editor’s first developmental edit.  2. When the developmental edits are finished, then the editor will go through a copy edit looking for grammar changes. This is going from a rake to a comb.  3. When the CE is finished, the editor will make a final proofread.  4. Happy with the final story, the writer will mark it “FINAL” and send it out to be considered by publishers.  5. The publisher will likely repeat the entire process — publishers’ editors can be extraordinarily good. In this manner, the story goes from a lump of wet, unformed clay to a bit of fine, elegant china by iterative edits. Business planning and running a business can benefit from this mindset. First Draft of business plan When you are creating a business plan – Vision, Mission, Strategy, Tactics, Objectives, Project Plan – attack the writing in much the same manner – write it, developmental edits, revisions, copy edit, proofread. In this manner you will also create another benefit, your team — the ones who participate in the editing process, in particular — will get the plan and have its fingerprints on the murder weapon of its refinement. They will also take ownership of every one of their revisions to the plan thereby making the plan a baby with multiple godparents. This is a subtle and sophisticated way to get the team on board. The challenge for the CEO or the plan author is to prevent the process from becoming an unending debate which continuously resets to the starting line with every draft. In a story, the setting, the characters, the conflict are set even though the plot may be flexible and fluid. You want the right pieces of the plan to be moving while keeping the guardrails in place to ensure the movement is forward rather than to the sides, tangential, or backwards. You will get the feel of it as you do it. Follow your instincts. There is also nothing wrong with doing it quickly. When writing, the time to edit is a function of the complexity and length of the story. The entire process for a 5,000 word short story may take less than three days with the editor and the author emailing edits and revisions back and forth. Every plan is a story. Be a storyteller. But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrint Related Source: http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/first-draft/

Cat Interview3


           Comics: Random Popular Latest Cat Comics Comics: Random Popular Latest Cat Comics Home Comics Blog Quizzes About Contact All artwork and content on this site is Copyright © 2018 Matthew Inman. Please don't steal. var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); try { var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-9487849-1"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {} Source: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_interview

Voting


Today is primary day in New York State. The polls open at 6am and stay open until 9pm. There are primary races for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General as well as a bunch of statewide races for State Senate and State Assembly. In NYC, and to a lesser extent in New York State, the primary can be the election as the city and state lean left. So I encourage everyone in New York State to go out to the polls and vote today. It all comes down to voting in a democracy. Marching feels great. Tweeting feels great. Polls make the news. But voting is the political action that really counts unless you can give gobs of money to candidates which most voters cannot and don’t do. I plan to get to my polling place early on the way to an early start to the workday. I always feel great pulling that lever. I hope you do too. https://avc.com/2018/09/voting-2/

Voting1


Today is primary day in New York State. The polls open at 6am and stay open until 9pm. There are primary races for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General as well as a bunch of statewide races for State Senate and State Assembly. In NYC, and to a lesser extent in New York State, the primary can be the election as the city and state lean left. So I encourage everyone in New York State to go out to the polls and vote today. It all comes down to voting in a democracy. Marching feels great. Tweeting feels great. Polls make the news. But voting is the political action that really counts unless you can give gobs of money to candidates which most voters cannot and don’t do. I plan to get to my polling place early on the way to an early start to the workday. I always feel great pulling that lever. I hope you do too. https://avc.com/2018/09/voting-2/

Voting1


Today is primary day in New York State. The polls open at 6am and stay open until 9pm. There are primary races for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General as well as a bunch of statewide races for State Senate and State Assembly. In NYC, and to a lesser extent in New York State, the primary can be the election as the city and state lean left. So I encourage everyone in New York State to go out to the polls and vote today. It all comes down to voting in a democracy. Marching feels great. Tweeting feels great. Polls make the news. But voting is the political action that really counts unless you can give gobs of money to candidates which most voters cannot and don’t do. I plan to get to my polling place early on the way to an early start to the workday. I always feel great pulling that lever. I hope you do too. https://avc.com/2018/09/voting-2/