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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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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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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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Write Hacks 8

by Brenda W. Clough Google. Google every neologism. Every name. Every term you cannot define. You want examples? Oh, do I have examples for you! Unfortunate obscenity A classic, but possibly NSFW. It’s political! Another inadvertent obscenity. They meant well, … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 7: Train the Ear

by Brenda W. Clough Ideally, every character has a voice — they sound like themselves. More importantly, they sound like creatures of their space and time and class and era. Lydia Bennett is not going to sound like Podkayne of … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 2

I have lists of tips for using social media for promotion; for cleaning up Word docs before formatting them as ebooks; for finding free images to make into book covers; for navigating the maze of twisty little passages that is the iTunes book publishing interface. Okay, I broke down and paid someone to do that last one for me. But I had her name and URL on a list somewhere. Boom, done. Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1.1

This character is resistant. She thinks she’s a person, not a minion out of my imagination. She refuses to come to life. Now what do I do? Do I put her off and come up with a new character? (Tried that in the last series. Didn’t work well.) Skip her? (Uh, she’s already written into the first three books, you can’t rewrite her out of the series now.) When the writing gets tough, the tough go shopping. Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1

by Brenda W. Clough A write hack is defined (by me) as a small writer trick. Not a major decision that will make or break your entire career, like what software platform to write your movie script on, or whether … Continue reading

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