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Funny is the new Black

September 16, 2015

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I love  blogs and articles that purport to be surprised that women are funny.  The new humorists!  How astonishing, women are funny!

Women have always been funny.  Better news,  American Women humorists have always, from the minute they reluctantly arrived on the east coast shores, earned a living being funny.  Funny women are not new, Since the first  English man  convinced his  wife or mistress to follow him to the new world, that wife and girlfriendwas compelled to commented on the experience. It was not complimentary.

women Humorists, history

Clowning around in Paris

In their work, American women employed the classic American humor technique – exaggeration.  The exaggerated to express   the marked difference between the romance of homesteading and the realities of outhouses, they exaggerated toRead More

Deep Reading on the Shallow Shore  

September 9, 2015

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You will be happy to know that Deep Reading is a new, hip concept.

Deep Reading is, essentially, those uninterrupted hours spent with a single book.  


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I’d like to say that Fall is the perfect time for deep reading. But I say that about Winter, Spring and Summer.  

Deep readers need no motivation to snatch up a thick book and escape to the back porch, the hammock, the fireplace.  For a deep reader, prepping to venture outside means bringing two books out to the hammock so you don’t have to venture back in for hours.  

Since this has always been part of my life, I was surprised to find that “Deep Reading” is considered a “new trend”.  And here you thought you were just ignoring everyone.

It used to be that deep reading was all we had.  Ah, not anymore.Read More

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

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

Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

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Send the girlsDo you explain too much?

We read to experience another world and another life. We read to fall into a world. Excessive explanation takes us out of that experience and talks at us rather than guides us through a fantastic journey. If we wanted a lecture, we wouldn’t have sat in the back of the dark lecture hall either nodding off, or reading a novel, that if well written, was the polar opposite of the boring telling lecture taking place at the front of the class.

As Elmore Leonard commented: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

In the opening of my second Future Girls book, Future Gold, I agonized over how to get the heroine, Jordan, from her time (2145) back in time (1861). I wanted to explain why she was in the Duck and Screw. I wanted to give the reader Jordan’s backRead More