Talk to me – no, never mind.

January 15, 2015

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Need a time machine?So many new writers start their books with pages, even chapters of back story. They want to tell the reader all about the creation of their fantasy world. They want to make sure the readers understands every nuance of Mexican politics in 1956 because it will be critical to the to the plot on page 103. Promise. They want to make sure the readers understands every feature of time travel.

Then their writing coaches or editors innocently suggest that instead of including all this material in the opening chapters of their book, the author should create back strong through dialogue. Ah ha, the author thinks, dialogue, of course. And instead of jettisoning their precious descriptions and explanations, they simply put quotation marks around it.

Problem solved.

Except none of your charactersRead More

Episode 158 – Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves!

January 13, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Laura McHale Holland

Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Our guest today was Laura McHale Holland editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found.  Full disclosure, Catharine’s poem is included in the Anthology, which is why she asked Laura to be our guest today.

Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood

Sisters: For many of us “sisters” is a powerful word that evokes a range of deep emotions. The word speaks of bonds like no other and jogs memories of intimate conversations, brutal fights, belly laughs, celebrations, secrets, long walks, solace, betrayal, camaraderie, home.

For the last few years, Laura McHale Holland, has produced events at SISTERS Consignment Couture in Sonoma, Calif., whereRead More

Great Story – Weird Sentences

January 8, 2015

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Books and Wine

Photo by Kurt Rogers

Writing the first draft of your novel is absolutely the most fun a writer can have. The next is receiving an award for the finished product.

It’s the middle that is challenging.

It’s the moment when you look at your work and your brain flashes with – what was I thinking?

You weren’t thinking. Misplaced modifiers and badly placed participial phrases are often the result of quick writing and a propensity, while creating the first drafts, of place holding. The challenge is rooting these sentences out of the manuscript and email or business proposal before they (and you) become the butt of a joke.

Sloan Madison managed to escape from the borrowed truck before it sank and swam to the river bank. His water soaked clothes dragged at him, impeding his slippery climbRead More

Way Too Much Plot

December 24, 2014

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What if the future sucks?Do you have too much plot getting in the way of your story?

This happened

Then this happened

Then this happened

And finally, that happened.

But, the reader asks. How did the heroine feel?

What did the hero do?

What did the forest look like?

Often new writers worry about their character getting from point A to Point B. They get caught up in the admonishment of show don’t tell and consequently devote pages to describing the morning routine of a character: Sam woke and stretched, the sun poured through the windows and made him squint. The coffee maker burbled to life and he remembered when he purchased the expensive machine, it was right after Veronica left him. . . or a detailed description of how a character traveled from there to here resulting in lengthy descriptions of the passingRead More

Episode 157: Don’t Do What You Love!

December 22, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest:  Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors

We were intrigued by our guest, Rachel Nabor’s blog post, Don’t do what you Love.

Here is some of that post, originally shared on Medium:

I don’t like advice like “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Not because it isn’t true, but because it’s a monkey’s paw: it’s true under the right circumstances with the right people, and for everyone else, it’s just bad advice.

I used to make comics for a living (these comics, right here), and I gave out similar advice and professed similar goals: If I just tried hard enough, I’d make it doing what I love, making comics for a living. If anyone was less successful then I was, well, they must not have been trying hard enough.

To an extent it worked! I won awards,Read More