Tag Archives: you don’t know what you don’t know

The Problem of the Failed Story

I happen to like the short stories I’ve written.  (Well, except for that karmic dog poop story.  Thankfully, I killed that after the first draft.  Note to self: Just because you wish you had a super power that would allow … Continue reading

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Evolving as a writer

A while ago, I made a post about how I wrote in third person limited, because I couldn’t write in first person effectively.  I think I also at some point expressed a dislike for present tense stories.  But it just occurred … Continue reading

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Go forth and travel

Preferably somewhere that is vastly different from your own experience and makes you feel out-of-place and uncomfortable.  First, anyone should do this so you can understand how much you assume about how the world works.  Second, if you’re a writer, … Continue reading

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My Novel: Hook Issues

I think I’d mentioned that a friend from college reached out and we ended up swapping manuscripts.  Well, the friend has finished their review and it leaves me with an interesting issue.  It’s one that I knew already, but this … Continue reading

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I’m not used to setbacks (random complaining followed by some fun links as an apology)

I received an e-mail last night that pretty much ruined my day.  (Fortunately, I actually read it at about ten to midnight, so it only really ruined from midnight to 2 AM when I was laying in bed unable to … Continue reading

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If you want to write – read!

I’ve said it before, but it’s time to say it again.  If you want to be a writer, you need to read.  You need to read a lot.  And, once you know what type of writing you want to do, you … Continue reading

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Know Your Words

It’s time for another post on how spellcheck does not always work. Especially when you use a word that looks right but means something else. SlushPile Hell put up a good example on August 27th.  Sadly, it took me looking at … Continue reading

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I learned a word I misuse yesterday!

So, it turns out I’ve never really thought about it, but I would have (prior to yesterday) misused pour/pore if I were even given the chance.  I always thought of the word “pore” as relating to skin pores.  (As in, “she has small … Continue reading

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A kitchen sink post…

My backbrain is currently percolating a post on picking your betas, but it’s not quite ready to go.  So, in the meantime, I figured I’d do a post of randomness that alone wouldn’t warrant much of a post, but together … Continue reading

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Why it’s important to learn how to spell

I was lurking a writers’ forum yesterday and saw someone comment that it’s not important for a writer to learn how to spell, because spellcheck will find any spelling errors.  WRONG. Sure, spellcheck is great for finding every instance of “hte” … Continue reading

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