Tag Archives: Writing Craft

What Idiot Hunts Vampires at Dusk?

I don’t watch much television, but I’ve watched a couple of shows over the past few days (they will remain nameless to protect the guilty) whose incredibly lazy writing drove me nuts.  All of its characters did stupid things to … Continue reading

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Read-aloud Editing

As anyone who’s been reading my site for a while has probably noticed, I’m a terrible copyeditor.  My posts are filled with typos, missing words, and all sorts of other errors.  I know I’m a poor copyeditor, and knowing this, … Continue reading

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Your Editor is Your Friend

An editor should be a writer’s best friend.  A good editor can take a decent story and help the writer make it a very good, or even great, one.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with several editors that I … Continue reading

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Pushing Through to “The End”

I know a lot of writers, myself included, who have a hard time finishing stories (are you nodding as you read this?).  I don’t think this an unusual problem. Writing stories is a lot like running a race.  At the beginning, … Continue reading

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Killing a Story Through Revision

I mentioned last week that I was working on a story that I thought needed “one more pass” before it would be finished.  It was a story I have been working sporadically on for over a year.   I’m happy to say … Continue reading

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Prompting Me to Write

I’ve been asked on many occasions where I get my story ideas.  As those of you who read my author’s notes like know, I don’t have a single answer to this question.  I don’t have an idea-generating machine or magic … Continue reading

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A Post for the Uninspired

I’m feeling a little uninspired today, but I wanted to post something.  Believe it or not, writers aren’t endless fountains of inspiration.  Sure, I go through times when I’m fending off a torrent of ideas, but I also go through … Continue reading

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Turn the Screws and Make ’em Squirm

I critique a lot of stories by both experienced and novice writers.  While I get to see a lot of stories that I think work, much of what I read doesn’t.  Often the story has a clear conflict, well-developed characters, and … Continue reading

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Six Tips for NaNoWriMo Success

I’ve hit the target goal of 50,000 words for the each of the four times I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month, so I guess I could be described as a bit of a veteran.  While every writer is different, I thought … Continue reading

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Did They Really Say That?

“The Beauty of Wynona” is the only historical fiction story I’ve written, so I’m certainly no expert on this sub-genre.  That said, this story taught me a lot about writing such stories.  “The Beauty of Wynona” is set in 18th century England.  I’m … Continue reading

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