Tag Archives: Editing

THE VALUE OF PROFESSIONAL AND PEER CRITIQUES OF YOUR WRITING

We work hard at our writing. And if we keep working, there’s a good chance we will get better at it. But there’s also the chance of not being objective about something that doesn’t work – perhaps because it is … Continue reading

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NEVER TOO OLD TO KEEP LEARNING

I somehow let the past two weeks slip by without posting anything. The good news is, I’ve been busy in a positive way! I haven’t received the galley of In Her Mother’s Shoes, but I did receive the final format, … Continue reading

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WHAT PRICE, CRITIQUES?

I have been negligent in my postings! Between being very busy with my full time job and, for the past two weeks, being on my first real vacation in many years, it just hasn’t fit into my schedule. My apologies … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS WISH TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

I feel a bit like the little girl who didn’t find what she wanted under the tree on Christmas morning. But I’m not a little girl. So what does a big girl do when she can’t have what she really … Continue reading

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CROSSROADS

When is it time to admit to yourself that you’ll never make a living as a fiction writer? When should you abandon your lifelong dream? When does the cost of pursuing that illusion become too high when the benefits are … Continue reading

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The Highs and Lows of Rewriting

After receiving multiple rejections from agents for Sentimental Journey, several of which said some variation of “very good writing but…” with the “but” usually followed by “too slow” or “didn’t keep me turning pages” or “I just didn’t love it … Continue reading

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How Thick is Your (Writer’s) Skin?

I’ve had both the pleasure and the pain of discovering the youwriteon site over the past week. If you’re not familiar with this, it is a free site sponsored by Random House and Orion where writers can post up to … Continue reading

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Querulous Queries

Three weeks ago I began the process of querying agents for my new novel, Sentimental Journey. Before I started sending them, I heeded a lesson from my previous attempts to secure agents for Walking In Dreams, (a middle grade novel … Continue reading

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Write Tight – The Art and Skill of Efficient Writing

Whether you’re writing an article, a short story, or a book length fiction or non-fiction, your product consists of smaller pieces – paragraphs, sentences, phrases, clauses, words. The clarity and impact of your message depends on precise selection of words … Continue reading

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Why Self-Published Books “Get No Respect”

Well, for starters, some of them are just plain awful. Although many writers have good stories to tell, they often make two errors: 1) they don’t hone their writing skills through courses, conferences and reading; and 2) they fail to … Continue reading

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