Writer’s Log: 2449 September Scene Writing Month 2021

September Scene Writing Month has come and gone.

All thirty scenes & stories comprise some 22,000 words and added about 70 hours to my Writer’s Log.

Thanks to Phil Huston who, even though he said he’d refrain from commenting during the month, couldn’t help himself and improved a number of the scenes.

Thanks go out to Hetty and Mike, George and Pink, Suzanne, Duke, Dracul, Audrey, Goldie, ACFlory, Jan and others for reading and offering their words of encouragement.

Kudos should go to Hetty who also managed to slog through thirty days (or more) of trying to get as many scenes written and published. Phil too, joined in and gave us his Chandler’esque whodunit.

Hopefully, the scenes and vignettes proved entertaining, despite the obvious need for weed whacking and pruning.

Improvement comes in fits and spurts. If this year’s effort is better than last, I’ll consider myself happy (er, less fanatically focused on the pointlessness life and our futile existence in the Absurd Universe).



Here are the scenes compiled into a single document.

View the scenes in a new tab: here.

20 thoughts on “Writer’s Log: 2449 September Scene Writing Month 2021

  1. I will say again that it’s all out there. The trying stage is in editing. The writing stage is not trying, but listening. At the first stage if it’s the story, write it down. If it’s you swirling up something writerly, chuck it. Write. What. You. See. And. Hear. Not what you’re thinking.
    If you want to read a good EL, The Switch is a textbook. I have them all as epubs. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind man.

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  2. Yeah, I kinda caved in as well. Thanks to PH, and a coincidental mention by Stephen King, I just ordered my first few books by Elmore Leonard, starting with Get Shorty. If I’m too lazy to write something myself, I could be subconsciously improving on some minute level.


    1. I’ll be slowly internalizing what PH shared. And in fact, I think I’ll send you his comments on the “Joy – two children in the mud” story.

      A couple of notes: he wrote (echo) on a couple of sentences — and sure enough, you’ll commiserate, “they search the circle which encircled the camp.” kind of thing…

      Of the others is “dialog”, break, “dialog” which induces a kind of rhythm, which I’d lacked in many of the exchanges.

      There’s more, but those are two that we should be able to recognize easily in our own work.

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      1. I still don’t comprehend what he said about the line before “They” when all your lines began with “They…” I was gonna ask about that perhaps you can explain it. I’ll search for the comment if you don’t remember.

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      2. “The one line that breaks the They first word. Perfectly placed to split the scene from driving to singing and drowning. One of those Bob Ross happy accidents we never question, but proves the point that the muse is always way ahead of us.”

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      3. No, that’s dialog, dialog dialog until you need a break. The old musing nonsense between lines of dialog is a road bump 99% of the time. If you need to splain it, rewrite it or use action/body language tags.

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  3. I’m famous! Thanks, Mole. I didn’t find it to be a chore, I–mostly–had fun (ahem…). The hardest part was simply having to come up with something with no excuses not to do it, especially when I was working or knew I wouldn’t be home at all on certaindays. I stole a lot of time from my employer. I was actually sad at the end because I was enjoying living in it for a month. I am proud that I actually finished something I set out to do. I said “no” to some fun things while also keeping obligations. Everything was great up until the finale and the uh stuff afterwards which we won’t talk about. It is helpful to have other people read stuff to see if your point is coming across. I learned a lot about that.. oh how I learned…

    Till next year

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