Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to." —Sylvia Plath


Donald Maass reminds us that if it's not written on the page, it doesn't exist. That's important to remember when we're trying to recreate what's in our heads so that others can see what we see.

Sylvia Plath, I think, is talking about emotions. The piece between an event and a reaction. With both fiction and poetry, there are a lot of ways to get those onto the page, and right or wrong, perfectly done or not, the thing with emotions is that they're going to resonate with someone.



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Arson Dogs

Here's a cool video from Victoria Stilwell about arson dogs.

The cover for FLAME GAME is getting close! This is so exciting!









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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom For Writers and Those who Love Them

"You're not a hundred dollar bill; not everyone is going to like your story." —Meg Cabot



Nuff said.





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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." —Arthur Plotnik


FLAME GAME is in the beta reader stage. Next up, a professional edit. This quote was just too perfect not to use.




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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else." —Gloria Steinem


Since that's true, I have to wonder at my incredible ability to procrastinate. And doubt. Yeah, mostly doubt.



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Friday, February 6, 2015

Winkin', Blinkin' and Duh

Tonight I finished my text-to-speech edit for FLAME GAME. It's amazing what else I caught. It's scary what else I caught. It makes me terrified of what else I've missed.

And overused words? Oh, my.

I have a lot of four-letter words that I'll be cleaning up. When I wrote them they seemed to fit. But hearing them? Oh, dear. A little too much. Especially the f-bomb. There will be plenty that will win the war and remain in the manuscript, but seriously, it's embarrassing.

Then there's my newest: wink. Everyone was winking at everyone. I went from easily ten "winks" in my manuscript to three. And two of them were from a dog. That's how bad it was. You need to know though, I kept one of those. I might even have a contest surrounding that particular canine wink.

My next step is to assign chapters and do a little more finessing based on notes I've made and additional research that's come in from my experts.

Then off to my beta readers! I'm so excited to hear what they have to say. And just a little (okay, a lot) anxious.



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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." —Thomas Mann


Can I get an amen?




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