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A poem: The Bright

The Bright   Will you talk to me about what goes on in the light? Beyond my shimmering, shaking sight?   I will tell you of the moonbeams Of colorful, iridescent silent streams If you will just tell me what goes on in the bright So far out of my sight.   I will tell… Continue reading A poem: The Bright

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Google Docs

It seems that Google Docs seems to have the best app so far for viewing and editing a document on my Samsung tablet. This happens to work out for me since I am starting to work fresh on a couple new novels which means I can use that as my platform. I have in the… Continue reading Google Docs

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Looking at the Antagonist

  Check out: Ten Tips for a Terrific Antagonist I love a good antagonist. One point that really stuck out for me was: 4. Make sure your antagonist—at least in his own mind—has justification for everything he does. He has to believe he’s in the right, otherwise your reader won’t feel he’s real and will… Continue reading Looking at the Antagonist

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10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer

Stories are the Wildest Things

You’ve wondered, right?

You’ve asked yourself this question many times and you’re reading this post to find out, “Am I a writer?”

Like a hypochondriac checking out WebMD for signs and symptoms, you scour articles and blog posts for the telltale signs and symptoms that you’ve got what it takes to declare yourself a writer.

I do, too. That’s why I came up with this list of 10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer.

After reading the list, click on the links to the other great blog posts and articles that relate to each of these ideas.

Please leave me a comment about which symptoms you come down with most often, or add some new ones of your own

You Know You’re a Writer if…

10. You take really long showers because you’re working on a writing problem or your fictional characters are having conversations in your head and…

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Entitlement In Writer Culture

Kait Nolan

One of the first things I saw when I logged into Twitter this morning was a conversation between a writer friend of mine (who, incidentally, is also a professional editor and teaches workshops) and another writer who was essentially lambasting her (and all other professional writers) for not helping new writers.  Digging back through the conversation, this evidently centered around the issue of queries, but it definitely had broader implications.  My friend handled things in a very calm, professional manner, stating quite rationally that she couldn’t be held responsible for every writer who wants to write, as it simply wasn’t possible.  To which she received this in reply “Your reaction is why so many writers feel worthless. No one wants to hear from them. No one cares.”

Frankly, the whole exchange pissed me off on multiple levels.

Now I know nothing about this person who initiated the conversation.  Looking back at…

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The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet

Flavorwire

The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn’t seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary world are excellent at using Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and even Instagram or Pinterest to communicate with readers and get people interested in what they’re writing. These aren’t the writers who have hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers but only tweet when they have a book come out, or the ones who write a guest blog post every year to get their names back into the conversation.

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Pick your favourite story (6): time travel or space travel?

Time travel would be intriguing but being a philosopher I get caught up in the paradoxes and physics of it all. A detective in space on the other hand you can get around the physics of that quite easily and have a lot of fun with that one. I have a short story floating around my brain on that one. Not a detective story mind you.

300 stories

Would you rather sign on to travel into in time or to be a detective on the Moon? Fill in your preference in the poll. The story with the most number of votes is included in a compendium of the best tales from this project.

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Writers Tip #68: Three Tips From David Shenk

I always find it difficult to get feedback. It would be awesome naturally to get feedback from as many sources as possible before self-publishing, or before sending for publication as the case may be. However, finding sources for feedback is far from easy. At one time I used a critique group which is a great resource. You hone your own critiquing skills while you are at it. But your chapters are in a line up of pending stories and chapters. It can take a very long time to get a novel reviewed that way and rarely all the way through by one person. I may consider that though for my next novel. Yet if you are close to publication of a self-published work then that is not an option. I have something I am just working through the final touches on. Or so I hope. It would be nice if I had peeps in my life to give me feedback. Yet I clearly do not or I would have utilized the hell out of them. Perhaps if I pestered more people? Hmmm.

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When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tips come from David Shenk,non-fiction author of The Forgetting and The Genius in All of Us. If you’re a non-fic writer like I am, you’ll enjoy the lecture David Shenk gave at Brown University, November 11 2009, called “The Art of Nonfiction“. For all my fiction friends out there–and for myself as I struggle to finish my thriller by the end of summer–you’ll find these three tips critical. Good writing crosses all lines.

Enjoy!

  1. Make it great, no matter how long it takes. There’s no such thing as too many…

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