Before You Write

GET ORGANIZED!  PLAN TO STAY ORGANIZED! Someone should benefit from my twenty-plus years of doing everything the hard way. Way back when I started writing novel-length fiction I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing.  I flew by the seat of my pants and…

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Back to “that”

Most publishers have “style sheets” which are guidelines for formatting a manuscript for submission.  They also might have editing guidelines, which they will provide once a manuscript is being prepped for editing.  Copy editing can be a nightmare, by the way.  Every word and sentence is picked over and pulled…

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Interesting Headlines

What’s the most interesting news headline you saw today?  Bonus: Do you read the news every day? Or do you find it not worth your time? Why? #postaweek2011 I think the only headline I saw today was while I was in Red Brick Pizza waiting for my pizza and CNN…

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Character Development

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHEET  I have a screenplay writing workbook that I use sometimes to help me define my characters, but I always wondered who I’d be if I were a character in a book.  So based on some of the character development questions asked in the workbook, I’m going to…

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Picky Reader – 18

Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax.  Gosh, there’s a lot going on in this novel.  Lots of sub-plots and characters.  All the characters seem to have something to hide.  Secrets, if you will.  I guess ultimately, that’s the theme of the book.  We all have this convenient ability to avoid the…

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Picky Reader discovers Karen Cantwell

Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery) by Karen Cantwell.  I downloaded this to my rarely used Kindle, because it sounded intriguing and it was only 99¢.   The story is told with a sense of humor and a light hand, but I think we all know by…

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Picky Reader – 17

Some more books I’ve read recently: Summer Blowout by Claire Cook.  Just a note to myself that I read it. Thirty-something divorced hairdresser interacts with quirky family members while reluctantly allowing Mr. Right to pursue her. Body Language by James W. Hall.  Here is an author I would read again. …

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Olive Garden

“It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday.  The regular crowd shuffles in…”  An evening at the local Olive Garden brings to mind those opening lines of Billy Joel’s Piano Man.  Except in this case, it’s five o’clock on a Sunday.  What I presume to be the regular crowd, is indeed shuffling…

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WHY I BLOG

Courtesty of WordPress’s Post-A-Week campaign, I now have a file full of blog topics.  Sadly, however, my good intentions to post at least once a week have fallen by the wayside since January 1, 2011.  This morning, I have a splitting headache, but bagels and coffee are on the way,…

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Picky Reader – 16

Picky Reader’s recently read books:  Northern Lights by Nora Roberts.  How many books has Nora Roberts written?  A hundred?  A thousand?  So you expect her work to be good.  Great.  Although I’m not a fan of the shorter stuff she does for Harlequin or Silhouette or whoever it is she…

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