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Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes, by Stephen King.

A lot of these we've heard before. Most of them are sound—especially for genre writers—whether or not you want to write like Stephen King.

One or two caught my attention. Such as 5. Never look at a reference book while doing a first draft. Up to now, I've had OneLook and OneLook's Reverse Dictionary open at all times. Also Google. Is this a bad idea?

Here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right - and breaking your train of thought and the writer's trance in the bargain - or just spell it phonetically and correct it later... When you sit down to write, write. Don't do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.

Hm. That's worth thinking about. Maybe I should do it that way.

I also liked this, from 9. How to evaluate criticism:

If a lot of people are telling you something is wrong with you piece, it is. If seven or eight of them are hitting on that same thing, I'd still suggest changing it. But if everyone - or even most everyone - is criticizing something different, you can safely disregard what all of them say.

Shoggoth update: Day 12. Triple daily feedings of haggis, lutefisk, and Vegemite flour and water continue.

kubo, boko, heko(mu)
meaning: hollow, concave, dent

凸凹 == dekoboko == (noun, adjective that takes な) unevenness, roughness, ruggedness
凹面鏡 == oumenkyou == (noun) concave lens, concave mirror

Pictograph of a concavity. Henshall suggests remembering it by association with a box, and as a mnemonic:  'Hollow box dented, now rather concave.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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