Today’s Writing Tip

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Even if you’re not really “into” astrology, there are few things you should know. One is to never start writing a new story when Mercury is retrograde. It will either be delayed, never be published, or need to be entirely rewritten. So I’m sure you’re wondering where to find out when Mercury is retrograde; Googling it is one way, though the monthly horoscopes on my astrology website always provide a list of misbehaving planets so you can mark your calendar accordingly.

At the least, know that one of these scenarios is going to be the situation. About three years ago my muse gave me a blast of inspiration for a side-story to one of my books. I knew Mercury was retrograde, but I had such a strong impression regarding what one of the characters was up to, I couldn’t ignore it. It took me almost no time at all to write four or five chapters. Then I realized that there was yet another story I really needed to write first. So, it got set aside while I wrote the next one, “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51.”

The good news is that various characters and situations appeared in that story which related to the one that had been cosmically purloined. By the time I got back to it, Mars was retrograde, a time to go back, un-do, re-do, or simply wait. Since I was “going back” I wasn’t too concerned, except a few weeks later, Mercury was going retrograde again. On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is great for editing and revising. However, progress is unbelievably slow and I have to wonder if this book will ever see the light of day?

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