Monthly Archives: November 2014

He’s Right, You Have to Finish

Chuck Wendig, as usual, has a fantastic post up at his blog at the moment: Why It’s Important To Finish Your Shit It’s worth the read, if for nothing else than this line: “I mean, c’mon. Prone-position face-pie? Delicious. Amazing. Transformative.” … Continue reading

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“Bad Writing” versus Style

I think about this one often.  There are so many rules out there, like “Never use anything except said for dialogue attribution” or “Always avoid verbs that end in -ing” or “Remove words that weaken a sentence.” And I get … Continue reading

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I Really Should Join Twitter

I have so many quotes that I write down and so many articles or web sites that I’ve bookmarked to one day share that I never get around to sharing on here because I feel this need to put words … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Amazon is a Business

They are not anyone’s friend.  They are not soft and cuddly.  They are a business.  (That doesn’t make them bad, by the way, it just makes them a business.) Why am I mentioning this today?  Because today the arbitrarily-set-by-Amazon-as-they-see-fit borrow … Continue reading

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Those Moments of Writerly Doubt

Chuck Wendig had a post this week about those moments when you’re writing that you suddenly decide your book is awful.  It happens to all of us.  (At least, that’s what I tell myself.) With the first novel, it was … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Quit

A good friend of mine and fellow author announced their first book deal today.  (I won’t link to it, due to the subject of this post, but you can bet I’ll give it a shout when the book is out.) … Continue reading

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Reality Checks Hurt Sometimes

First, just a little happiness because the new book cover for A World Dark and Cold is up on Amazon (about four days after they said it was, but seems I’m not alone in that). Isn’t it pretty?  My first … Continue reading

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Finding the Perfect Word (Or Not)

You hear a lot of writing advice about how you should be precise in your language.  Use the best possible word for what you’re trying to describe.  Don’t settle for three words when one will do.  Be unique.  Be specific.  … Continue reading

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Required Minimum Level of Production

When I first started consulting for the company I’d previously worked for I thought, “Freedom! I can set my own hours, I can take extended periods of time off if I want to, I can choose my own projects.  I … Continue reading

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