Fiction Friday – Paved with Good Intentions

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My Jumble of Writerly Stuff

Hello Readers and Welcome to Fiction Friday.

Fiction Friday – Paved with Good Intentions


Last week I posted a very short scene.  A Simple Scene.  I re-wrote the scene, yesterday and hid it in a reply.

I am a neglectful writer, filled with good intentions.  I’ve heard the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  I am not at all sure what that means. But I love to research… let me look it up..


The intention to engage in good acts often fails. It points up the principle that there is no merit in good intentions unless they are acted on.

From The Phrase Finder

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My Jumble of Writerly Stuff

Okay, that is out of the way.  I am going to tell you what is holding me up on my not so current writing project.

  • It is an old project and the files are scattered between at least two laptops, my SkyDrive and probably 3 USB discs.
  • While reading and arranging scenes I get sidetracked by characters who may deserve their own books.

And —

  • The work involved in gathering files, sorting and copying scenes seems TOO complicated, like a hoarder’s home, I don’t really know where to start.

I would like to hear about your ‘writing process.’  Don’t be shy, leave a comment.

If I Should Die and Milk Carton People by Sally Franklin Christie are available at your favorite book-seller in print and e-formats for your favorite e-reader.

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By Sally

Sally Franklin Christie Blogger and Author of If I Should Die and Milk Carton People.


  1. I copy everything on a flash drive and my hard drive. The thought of losing even a page of what I wrote can send me into quite a lather!

  2. As the devil says in The Substitute, “The pathway to hell isn’t paved with good intentions, but with easy choices.” That’s my problem. Sometimes it’s just easier to work in the garden than to sit at my keyboard wishing I was outside.

  3. I have partly-finished books in my laptop, but I always back everything up on a flashdrive also. I just did a series of blogs on CoffeetimeRomance asking what book I should write next, since I’ve added yet another night-job, so until school is out for the summer and I have my days back, I’m going to have precious little time to write or promote. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and it was fun!
    I do keep notes on tiny scraps of paper, when I’m working on any books in a series. I have to know how old each of the characters from previous books will be when the new one is set. I’m a stickler for continuity.

  4. My file system isn’t the greatest. I have random “in progress” files with snatches of dialogue and partial poems as well as full-length works in other folders. I actually have to cross-reference where I’ve sent something with file names just to submit to literary magazines but, for a poet, it can sprawl.

    I do keep two back-ups of my writing, though. I’ve lost more writing than most people ever will due to lack of safety measures.

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