The Half-baked Approach

Note to self:Okay, you’ve writing three quarters of your new YA book. You’ve reached the climax at the end of part 2, when “all seems lost.” You have an outline of the plot, you know what will happen next and how the story ends, but you have doubts. Is the storyline strong enough? Are the […]

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On Style

I have a well-thumbed copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style somewhere. Someone recommended the Chicago Manual of Style, a book that covers every aspect of grammar. I found a few second hand copies on ebay selling for $70. Too expensive. So I went to the local library and asked if they could get […]

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Point of View

As a reader, my own preference is for some variety in point of view. An alternative pov can enrich a narrative, and I often feel that books with only one can be flat, as if they lack a dimension. On the other hand, it can be a difficult task to leap from one character to […]

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Plausible Excuses 2

(for falling behind with your writing) 1.Incoming eMails must be answered 2. Blogs must be written. Mustn’t neglect your blog. That’s what networking is all about. 3. Read a couple of chapters. You can’t call yourself a writer without keeping up with your reading. 4. Check in at Facebook. Isn’t that what networking is all […]

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Plausible Excuses

(…for losing at golf) 1. A seriously wicked party the night before. 2. Injuries. Like: tennis elbow, housemaid’s knee, a hangnail, athlete’s foot. 3. Other health issues: Sclerosis of the liver, shortness of breath, double vision, tinnitus, mild insanity, varicose veins, backache, terminal dandruff. 4. Something in your shoe: a nail, a stone, an unwelcome […]

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