Category Archives: Writing

Sometimes Enough Is Enough

A common mistake that new writers make is over-explaining, particularly with background and backstory. I don’t know if it’s because the writers put so much into the background and feel like it has to be shared (sometimes in excruciating detail), … Continue reading

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Should You Do It?

If you are a new writer, ask yourself these questions before you self-publish your novel: Has anyone but you read it? Anyone who doesn’t live with you? Anyone who has not at any time ever given birth to you? Did … Continue reading

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Good One

“…you need to keep trying until one of two things happens: you learn to perceive and fix the problems, or it gets really dark and they start throwing dirt over you.” — John Barnes

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Diverse? Really?

It seems that when agents say, “We represent a diverse list of talented, dedicated authors” what many of them really mean is, “We represent a number of different women, who write many types of romance novel.”

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Fact Into Fiction

“The method of which I speak is that which chooses from life what is curious, telling and dramatic; it does not seek to copy life, but keeps to it closely enough not to shock the reader into disbelief; it leaves … Continue reading

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The Self-Published Fire Hose of Sewage

A little late to this party, but Chuck makes excellent points. If there is anything that is going to sink the new ebook self-publishing revolution, it is the astonishing volume and poor quality of most self-published books. There is already … Continue reading

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Add To The Pile Of Crap?

A nice discussion of The Precarious Portentous Perils Of Self-Publishing. via Write for Your life.

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The Island of Misfit Writers

“A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins, but someone who never wins or quits is an idiot.” A lot of people will tell young writers, “If you keep at it, eventually you’ll get published.” If your current book … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget To Splice Your Commas

A while back I tried hanging around on some of the Internet’s writing forums. Not because I really expected to learn anything myself, though you never know–as I talked about earlier I’ve been at this for a while. Rather, I … Continue reading

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Give ‘Em The Heater

In some ways, writing fiction is like being a baseball pitcher. (And in one very important way it’s completely different, but we’ll get to that.) Sometimes you have to get something by the reader, and you have a variety of … Continue reading

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