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On Naming Things

(“Things”, huh?  Yeah, I’m a writer who knows how to use words…haha.) So, I just finished final edits on a story that I think is really, really strong.  As strong as the one that keeps getting all those damned personal … Continue reading

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Just had a story pseudo rejected.  (It was a contest entry and they just announced the winners and I wasn’t one of them.)  As I was reading the piece getting ready to send it off to another market, I realized … Continue reading

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Getting closer… (On Beta feedback and next steps)

So, Beta feedback is slowly trickling in.  Three people other than me have actually read my novel and made it to the end – yippee! At this point there are some things I know I need to change:

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Writing to show culture

Today, during jury duty, I finished reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. To me it was an excellent novel for how the writing (word choice, character names, description, etc.) showed the … Continue reading

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It doesn’t have to be “real” (on naming characters)

I don’t know about anyone else, but even in my first drafts my characters have names.  I think names matter – they affect who a person is.  (Perhaps that’s because my parents saw fit to give me one of those overly unique … Continue reading

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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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