Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Second Draft of My Novel Doesn’t Suck

After letting it stew for about a month, I finally sat down to read the second draft of my novel this morning.  And I’m happy to report that I don’t hate it!  (I did hate the first draft when I … Continue reading

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Exploring the dark side of humanity

As fiction writers we sometimes write about the dark and ugly side of our fellow men.  Our stories have killers, rapists, pedophiles, and just plain nasty people.  And that’s part of reality, unfortunately. I’m sitting here, in Colorado, watching the … Continue reading

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100 Posts

Yesterday was my 100th post.  Amazing how fast that came around! Just think  – if I’d been writing flash fiction pieces every day instead of blog entries I’d have already written 100 pieces.  Or if I’d been plugging away on … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned About Writing from Playing Peggle

(Ok, ok, I admit it.  The real reason for making this post is so I can tell someone somewhere that I just beat the 750,000 point challenge on Peggle.) But there really are lessons to be learned from playing any … Continue reading

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Show versus Tell (a few good links and lots of personal confusion)

PCW had a post on Sunday that discussed the age-old wisdom, “show, don’t tell,” and I have a link I’ve been sitting on for a while from terribleminds about the same subject, so I figured it was a good time to … Continue reading

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Some random quotes

One of my daily work-related newsletters had a great quote today and I spent part of yesterday going through a few quote books and transferring my favorites to an e-file before I shoved the physical books into storage, so I’m declaring … Continue reading

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Don’t manipulate me…

Or if you do, you better be so good at it that I don’t notice. There is nothing that I as a reader (or movie watcher) dislike more than a book that uses a trick towards the end to try … Continue reading

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Query Quagmire on Rejection

Query Quagmire has a wonderful post up called How to cope with rejection letters: Stay calm and drink heavily.  (Hopefully the link works.  If not, it’s a post from July 12th.)  Read it.  It’s brilliantly funny.  And makes an excellent point. For the … Continue reading

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Writing Terminology (POV and Tense)

The nice thing about writing is that you can sit down and start telling a story without needing to know a lot of the writing lingo.  As long as you do it well no one will care much if you … Continue reading

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I am fortunate

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what we have and focus instead on what isn’t working in our lives. When I start to sink into a funk, I always think about my dad. When he was a kid he contracted a … Continue reading

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