Print Release: Ink Dance: Essays on the Writing Life

Ink Dance: Essays on the Writing Life A cup of inspiration, a dash of understanding, a bouquet of wisdom for writers new and old. From the desk of writer and editor Deborah J. Ross comes a collection of warm, insightful … Continue reading

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The Name of the Prose, Part 4: A Ghoti by Any Other Name is Still a Fish
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My first novel was also my first experience trying to create a fantasy world from the ground up. With Tolkien as my only model, I waded hip deep into Scottish history and Auld English linguistics to come up with character, clan, place and object names for my fantasy trilogy, The Mer Cycle.

Here’s what I learned: whatever names I use, it pays to simplify their spelling wherever possible.

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Auntie Deborah’s Advice Column for Aspiring Writers

Dear Auntie Deborah: How can I find a real publisher for my YA novel, instead of one of the many vanity or scam presses? — Tearful Wannabee Dear Tearful: Do your research about publishers. Find out which accept unagented submissions. Check … Continue reading

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The Name of the Prose, Part 3: You Are Here
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A sense of place plays a critical role in determining whether a reader “gets into” a story or not. Good place names can lend an aura of reality to even the most fictional of places. Conversely, an obviously made up place name in a story that pretends at reality can make a location that seems perfectly real to the author seem perfectly ridiculous to the reader.

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Writers vs Truthers: The Big WHY
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I commented in an earlier post that I have observed similar thought patterns and behaviors in some inexperienced writers and conspiracy theorists (or truthers, as they are often called). In my first article on the subject—“Writers vs Truthers: Time, Freeze … Continue reading

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Writers vs Truthers: Time, Freeze Frames, Connections and Back Story
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Let me first say that this is not my usual Wednesday to post a blog, but I felt the need to post this week. I beg my fellow BVCer’s indulgence. Second, I did not want to make this post a … Continue reading

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Revision — A Path to Better Writing or an Excuse to Never Finish?

“What’s new?” I asked my friend, a young(er) writer. “I finished my book!” she said radiating both relief and excitement. “Finished, how? Finished, as in rough draft? Revision? Ready to send to your critique group?” “This is like the eighth … Continue reading

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Writing a story, building a world – part 6: HOW?

Read WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY in earlier installments. This is the final question. Continuing – Question 6: HOW Going back to the trope thing, when I started writing the Were Chronicles it was with a lot of ideas in … Continue reading

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