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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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Having Faith In Yourself

I’m currently trying to think of a title for my latest story. (I sometimes take the easy route and just name them after the main character, but you can only do that so many times.  Plus, this one seems to … Continue reading

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Is it just a different style or bad writing?

I started reading those sample pages for the writer’s conference today. It was…problematic. I found myself wanting to rewrite sentences on a regular basis.  With one author I didn’t even know how to rewrite some of the sentences, I just … Continue reading

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Short Sentences

So, I figured it’s about time I got back to being a useful blogger that discusses something or someone other than myself. And why not start with a “what’s the right length?” kind of question.  This time with respect to … Continue reading

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Ugh.

What you never want to hear from your betas – the POV shifts or tense aren’t working. I’ve heard back from three of the four betas for the second novel.  And two of the three commented on the POV shifts.  … Continue reading

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The Beta Conundrum

I’ve written about this before.  My preference is for betas that are readers as opposed to betas that are writers, because, ultimately, I’m writing towards readers not my fellow writers. Now, arguably, there’s some overlap there since most writers are … Continue reading

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If You Want to Write, Master Grammar

First, I am really not the world’s foremost expert on grammar issues.  I suck at figuring out whether to use lay vs. lie.  Just suck at it.  And it seems I have a may vs. might issue as well. So, … Continue reading

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Unexpected Reactions to Stories

Some stories require a trigger warning.  For those of you who haven’t run across the term yet, a trigger seems to be loosely defined as a topic in a story or an article that will trigger a strong emotional reaction … Continue reading

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We are all special snowflakes…

With our own unique tastes and perspectives on the world. For me, today was the day I drew the line in the sand on reading fairytale retellings.  I subscribe to Daily Science Fiction’s e-mails and there’ve been a number of wonderful … Continue reading

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The emotional rollercoaster of being a writer

This one is kind of funny…(I think.  Perhaps.  Kind of like the birthday present my aunt gave me one year that was so not a present, but I just had to laugh because it was so audacious of her to … Continue reading

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