Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kit Sloane confident in decision-making

Kit Sloane confident in decision-making

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The Blood-Red Pencil: Ten Affirmations to Bolster Optimism

The Blood-Red Pencil: Ten Affirmations to Bolster Optimism

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Alexandra Sokoloff's blog

Nanowrimo prep: What Makes A Great Climax?

(Come on, admit it, one of the great things about being writers is that we get paid for them.)

The Blood-Red Pencil: Craig Lancaster Guests - Part 2

The Blood-Red Pencil: Craig Lancaster Guests - Part 2

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All About Backstory

by Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

Backstory usually refers to narrative that tells something about a character's past. It's given in an informational style without real-time action or dialogue. Notice I used the word "tells." This is a clue about why backstory in the start of your novel can be detrimental. Backstory doesn't show, it tells, thereby risking losing the reader's interest.

Forensics & Faith: Twitter (& Facebook): Tweetin' You Right?

Forensics & Faith: Twitter (& Facebook): Tweetin' You Right?

The Blood-Red Pencil: Craig Lancaster Guests - Part 1

The Blood-Red Pencil: Craig Lancaster Guests - Part 1

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jacqueline Seewald finds school of experience best teacher

Jacqueline Seewald finds school of experience best teacher

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: In Defense of Print

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: In Defense of Print

Teaching Authors--Six Children's Book Authors Who Also Teach Writing

Teaching Authors--Six Children's Book Authors Who Also Teach Writing

Living Inside the Story
Posted by mary ann rodman

From the time I taught myself to read, I have been an obsessive reader. My mother used to joke that the first time she saw me without a book was at my wedding. (Little did she know that one of the things that worried me the most that day was knowing that I didn't have a "good book" to take on my honeymoon!)
As a child, I was an undiscriminating reader. I read in the book aisle at E.J. Korvette's while my parents shopped. I borrowed books from friends, relatives, the neighbors. I read newspapers left in busses and cabs. Cereal boxes. Anything.

Alexandra Sokoloff: Nanowrimo prep: Elements of Act Three

Alexandra Sokoloff: Nanowrimo prep: Elements of Act Three

The Blood-Red Pencil: A Novel Checklist

The Blood-Red Pencil: A Novel Checklist
L.J. Sellers eight-point checklist.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Paperback Writer: Sub Ops Ten

Paperback Writer: Sub Ops Ten

karen...following the whispers: Self-confident or Conceited

karen...following the whispers: Self-confident or Conceited

Straight From Hel

Another Viewpoint
Okay, we talked last week about the book price war going on between Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target. This week we kick off with another viewpoint. This one from Marion Maneker, who writes for a website called The Big Money who provides articles for The Washington Post and other newspapers. Straight From Hel

The Blood-Red Pencil: Can You Define Good Writing?

The Blood-Red Pencil: Can You Define Good Writing?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mike's Writing Workshop & Newsletter: 100 Best First Lines from Novels

Mike's Writing Workshop & Newsletter: 100 Best First Lines from Novels

Alexandra Sokoloff: Story Elements Checklist for brainstorming index cards

Alexandra Sokoloff: Story Elements Checklist for brainstorming index cards

This week I will be posting separate posts for Act One, Act Two, Act Two, Part 2, and Act Three which will detail the different elements of each act, but I thought that for those of you already doing index cards, it would be useful for you all to have just a basic list that you can use when you’re watching a film or doing the index cards for your own story, so here it is.

Alexandra Sokoloff: Elements of Act One

So, now that we’ve talked about the index card method of laying out your story, and basic filmic structure as it might be applied to novels, the natural next question is: what actually goes into a first act?

The Blood-Red Pencil: Crafting the Bones, Part I

The Blood-Red Pencil: Crafting the Bones, Part I

This is the magic of a well-written piece: for a few precious moments, you, as writer, hold the reader in the palm of your hand. Word choice, syntax, structure—all the elements of craft you spent so much time applying—fall away and your reader enters the world of story.


The Blood-Red Pencil: Crafting the Bones, Part II


Dr. Rudolph Flesch, a staunch advocate of writing with purpose, advised in his best-selling How to Write Better that “the main thing to consider is your purpose in writing: Why are you sitting down to write?” To which E.B. White tartly answered, “Because, sir, it is more comfortable than standing up.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Writers Vineyard: Rewriting

The Writers Vineyard: Rewriting

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Friday, October 16, 2009

DeadTown



By Nancy Holzner

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Amazon.com Editorial Review:

First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews).

If you were undead, you'd be home by now...

They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human.

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Kindle Numbers: Traditional Publishing Vs. Self Publishing

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Kindle Numbers: Traditional Publishing Vs. Self Publishing

StoryFix Tips on writing:

Getting It Down on Paper: The Pantsers-Piano Analogy

Is There Seventh Core Competency?

The Blood-Red Pencil: Got rhythm?

The Blood-Red Pencil: Got rhythm?


The Blood-Red Pencil: How Do You Show Feelings?


The Blood-Red Pencil: Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Analyzing Sentences for Redundancy and Wordiness
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Murder, She Writes

Listen to Nancy Conner Holzner discuss her new book PEACE,LOVE And MURDER with Syliva Dickey Smith on Blog Talk Radio.



Don't miss this delightful author who will be visiting with Syliva. She has two new books out and more on the way.

Part 2 of Query Letters That Work! – Key Components

Part 2 of Query Letters That Work! – Key Components

Forensics & Faith: The Different Kinds of Edits

Forensics & Faith: The Different Kinds of Edits

The Blood-Red Pencil: Cousin to the Memoir - the Family History

The Blood-Red Pencil: Cousin to the Memoir - the Family History

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