Write Hacks 8

by Brenda W. Clough

croppedQuillGoogle. 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, but it was X-rated before they got there.

inigo-montoyaIn the days before there were search engines, we had to do this the old-fashioned way. We had to be absurdly well-read, and find beta readers, editors, and copy editors who had read all the books and periodicals that we ourselves did not have time to read. These days, even if your unfortunate meaning is really obscure, it will kick up in Google. You can’t get a hundred-percent kill on this. X-rated slang lurks everywhere. All you can do is your best, and then hope that nobody with your hero’s exact name goes and murders 14 teens in a movie theater. But no, don’t name him Santorum. Listen to Inigo Montoya here. Just don’t.
The eHow Like a God, by Brenda W. Cloughbook version of my novel How Like a God is now available from Book View Cafe. And it is available now in an audio book edition which is read by Bronson Pinchot!

My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out from Book View Café.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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