Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ideas

This is going to sound silly to anyone who is a writer/author, but for me the biggest hang-up in getting started on this whole writing thing was coming up with ideas.  Before I actually sat down and started writing, I … Continue reading

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Professionalism

Having spent the last few nights reading through a couple agent/editor blogs (Query Quagmire and Slush Pile Hell) that show the kind of crap that shows up in the slush pile, I figured it was time for a discussion of professionalism. If … Continue reading

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What makes a good book cover?

Answer: I have no idea, leave it to the professionals. Ok, now that the joking answer is out of the way… Once upon a time yours truly worked at a bookstore.  This was many, many moons ago (back when years … Continue reading

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Grammar revisited

Yesterday someone on one of the boards I lurk linked to a highly entertaining Cracked.com piece called 7 Commonly Corrected Grammar Errors (That Aren’t Mistakes).  For me, the link was incredibly timely because I was just about to send out … Continue reading

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Delaying the inevitable?

So, the time has come for feedback from the people who pay money (who in one sense are the only ones who count, right?) for writing. Today I’m going to submit my third short story to a professional paying market.  … Continue reading

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Some Basics

When I decided to start writing last year, I just opened up Word and started to type.  Easy peasy.  I’d been writing work reports for the last decade, so I knew the basics of formatting paragraphs, etc.  However, it turns … Continue reading

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Rejection and Criticism

I have yet to have any of my work rejected, but I know that day will come.  And sooner rather than later as I begin to write short stories and start to submit to markets that respond quickly.  I have … Continue reading

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“You can’t eat the pretty.”

And you can’t read it either. My great-grandma used that saying to refer to her cooking, which didn’t always look great, but usually tasted pretty damned good. I think the same concept applies to writing, as well.  You can dress something up … Continue reading

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A few writerly quotes

The paying job calls, which means I don’t have much time for a post today, so I’ll just leave a few quotes that I think are relevant to writing.  And most are second-hand, so if any of the attributions are … Continue reading

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Writers are like snowflakes (Part 3)

Part 3 in this whole “we’re all unique” discussion. Today’s topic: how to write. As I may have mentioned before, I lurk a few writers forums (I’m too anti-social to actually participate).  And I’ve seen many times now where newer … Continue reading

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