Monthly Archives: February 2012

Full Throttle Vs. Itinerary Writing

The real question is, how do you vacation? Do you pick a dot on the map, book your flight and go, hoping to figure out the details when you get there? Or do you plan your trip, researching locales, and … Continue reading

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In Praise of Good Enough

I was vacuuming the other day and the Dyson ad popped in my head. I have a standard vacuum with two fixed wheels, so yes, turning corners is difficult. Yet my vacuum, a Shark running a little over a hundred … Continue reading

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How to Count Words Like a Writer

Most beginning writers count pages. Agents, editors, and seasoned writers count words. What’s the difference? Well, counting pages doesn’t matter much unless you plan to print your book on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper straight from your printer. Most … Continue reading

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How to Accept Literary Criticism

Often writers don’t know how to be critiqued. I find myself biting my tongue when acrid comments come my way, but I know this is all a process. Here are rules to live by for critiquing. 1. Don’t Argue with … Continue reading

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Agents Advocate Simultaneous Submissions

This is the every present question on author’s minds: Exclusive query or simultaneous submissions. Most of us worry enough about this that we either go totally exclusive or skip the query all together. My first experience with how most agents … Continue reading

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As You Know Bob: The Art of Bad Dialogue

Writing teachers and editors are constantly harping on us writers to stop dumping information in our manuscripts. They urge us to show back story or exposition though dialogue. Well, there’s a sinister backside to this technique. It’s what I call: … Continue reading

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Twitter Etiquette for Writers: Part 2 Polite Tweets

Nothing turns off people more than tweeting about everyday events. Few people want to know your daily habits, etc. Unless you’re famous beyond belief, stick to tweets about your craft, and that means writing. How to Annoy Tweeps As a … Continue reading

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