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Write Hacks #15:

Colored 3 X 5s Before computers did more than behave as glorified typewriters, and could perform only one task at a time, I needed a second organizational tool. I was still learning the shape of a scene, pacing, plot structure, … Continue reading

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My daughter, Kristine, reads constantly. She is, in fact, sitting in the living room reading Lord of the Rings with a stack of history books and Jane Austen-related material next to her chair. She gets her exercise by walking to … Continue reading

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Submitting Like a Man

I found this blog extremely interesting. The short version is, an editor realized that when she rejected a manuscript but said she liked the author’s work and wanted to see more of it, male writers were more likely to send … Continue reading

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Weasels’ Dictionary

There’s an ad for mayonnaise which boasts that the product, a beloved semi-national brand, contains “real ingredients.” They go on to cite eggs (in tones that suggest that the manufacturers are bestowing a great gift–look! we include eggs in our … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 14: Babel

This is less of a hack and more of a warning: Don’t rely on Google Translate! It’s there, it’s handy, and most of the time you can get an idea of what your words might sound like in other languages, … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–The Subconscious Writer

A while ago, I had a strange dream about my husband. Unlike most dream, which evaporate at sunrise, this one stayed with me and I couldn’t say why. Meanwhile, I was under stress for a Work in Progress.  I was … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 13: Fix Those Pronouns

Brenda Clough’s Write Hacks 12 on using find and replace to change character names  brought to mind another use for that valuable piece of word processing software: checking pronouns. In “Walking Contradiction”, found in my collection of the same name, … Continue reading

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Blab-Chat Interview

One of the perks of being an author/editor/internet personality is that authors get opportunities to do interviews with great folks like Beth Barany and her Blab-Chat. https://blab.im/beth-barany-let-s-chat-secrets-of-fiction-writing-w-bethbarany-askawritingcoach-guests It was fun, relaxed, and went overtime. I got dragged kicking and screaming in … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 12: Word Processor

by Brenda W. Clough  This hack assumes that you are not writing your ms with a ball point pen on yellow lined pads, the way I wrote most of my earlier novels. But if you are using a word processing … Continue reading

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Kindness in Fictional Characters

Kindness

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” — Mark Twain As I read these words, I am reminded of what William Penn, Quaker and namesake of Pennsylvania, said: “Let us then try what … Continue reading

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