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The Naked Writer–Lay Versus Lie

We would “lie down”—no object. We wouldn’t “lay down.”

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Writing without an Outline like Minesweeper

I ran across this video that compares Writing without an outline to being like Minesweeper.  Or, I suppose, since I like submarines, those early days of submarining where danger was potentially all…

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Why the Reader Put That Book Down

These are the mistakes that will have me railing at the heavens and throwing a book across the room…followed by depression because I can never get those wasted hours back.

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How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

I’m rereading How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically, and this time I’m flagging the ideas so I can find and focus on them. There’s no way I could have dog-eared all those pages!

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Writing news update

NaNoWriMo is upcoming (November 1), and I’ve already registered and am thinking about my plot. (I finally have one.) And I think I’ll start with a prologue–again.

An editor asked for the full ms of one of my novels after I sent a query. That makes me feel hopeful…

I have three of my books at Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL. That’s November 19 & 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM: http://www.floridabooknews.com/

And I received nice feedback on a recent contest entry. ‘Course the deadline isn’t until December 1.

 

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Writing and Editing: The Naked Writer

I reread The Naked Writer (“don’t submit your raw and naked words …”) now and then to refresh what I’ve learned about grammar and punctuation, etc. rules. (I swear I never knew that!) Anyway, I’m doing more serious editing work now–not just my own writing and a few others who asked for my help–so I’m rereading it again. For those who want to learn or read a refresher course that’s fun to read, check out The Naked Writer by G. Miki Hayden.

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Bouncing around in the story

When I write, I like to move around in the story and pull everything together as I go along.  Dean Wesley Smith calls it cycling.  What it isn’t: Revision.  I’m not tweaking words or sentences (tho…

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