Like a serial killer? Don’t ask. Anyway… I follow Catherine, Caffeinated. She’s a feisty writer who has carved out a niche in the self-publishing advice blognet. I haven’t read any of her books, but she doles out some great advice on her blog. Recently, she invited Robert Doran, an editor with Kazoo Independent Publishing Services … More Some serial editing
That is, unless you are a Breatharian. For the rest us, that’s not an option. And to eat, to survive in this modern world, one needs money. Duotrope.com has succumbed to that reality. For years since its inception (2005), this searchable online submissions database has been free for writers to use. Operating on donations alone … More One can not survive on air
As a new writer, I’m always looking to improve my skills. A couple of years ago, after taking a few writing classes, I realized two things: 1) I know nothing, and 2) help is out there, you just got to look for it. Since then, I’ve subscribed to Daily Writing Tips, and I’ve found each of … More Looking for some writing tips?
I know that I love to write. I like to record the daydreams that assault me every day, every waking moment. It makes me happy. But, like most writers (right?), I hate to revise. For me, revising is like having your teeth cleaned while getting an enema. It is just not pleasant. But, we all … More The bane of my life
It’s been awhile since I visited the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day. I noticed that Emmie Mears recently finished off her review of these tips, and I felt like such a loser for dropping the ball that I promised myself I would do at least one tip review during … More Tension
Wait. Do I mean K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid? Nope! I mean: Keep It Clear, Stupid. 😀 K.I.C.S. Catchy, no? Anyway… I critiqued a very interesting story this week. A mash of science fiction, religion, physics theory, and Native American mythology. To be honest, it went completely over my head. As smart as I like … More K.I.C.S.
That’s probably not true, but gotta write something. The next piece of writing advice in the Writer’s Digest article titled 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day is unity. Here it is: 7. Unity One method for creating a sense of unity in a piece of writing is the use of … More Any post is better than no post?
I had an Aha! moment the other day. I don’t often get things, but now and then, a huge spotlight manages to pierce the darkness and I see the light. In may only be for a moment, but that’s all I need before I crawl back under my rock and ruminate the clear idea tattooed … More The Aha! Moment
These posts are a bit more daunting that I had anticipated. What on earth do I use as an example? Of course I had intended to use my WiP, but how am I supposed to know what constitutes good or bad writing in my work? Oy vey! That’s a topic I’ll tackle some other time, … More Precise Writing
I’m completely re-writing my novel, Devil’s Blood, at the moment. And I’ve tried really hard not to get distracted with other stuff. But while re-reading some of my old notes on what I needed to check for on the old novel, I came across a list of things to search for and destroy. Things like: … More Writing a Novel