Thursday, January 31, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Jenni Spoon for letting my use this picture she took last week. Check out her blog!
I spent the weeks prior getting ready by reading a book that was assigned and doing critiques of ten other writer's work. I also prepared and sent in a ten page piece to be critiqued. I thought I was going to do my thesis on the work I had already done for Revelation Void, and that was what I edited for submission, but I'd been working on a new piece and during the course of the first few days I realized that piece was going to work out a lot better for me.
I have Clear Ether out to be critiqued, but I realize now that it is far from being ready for submission. It's going to require a major overhaul to be in any kind of shape that I would be satisfied with. So Clear Ether is going on the shelf for a bit, along with Revelation Void. I'm cool with it. I have some good ideas to explore for both of these books, but I am switching my focus to my new story. I have just over 15k words so far, but they need to be polished. I am going about this novel in a completely new way for me. I'm actually outlining it first. I actually know how it ends already. I'm also trying something new with the type of story. It is firmly grounded in SF, but this one will be a mystery. The working title is Requiem for Memory, but I'm not completely sold on it and it may change at some point.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
I've been at this writing thing for several years in earnest, but every now and then it becomes painfully obvious to me that I should've paid more attention to my college English class or read more about certain genres or pop culture references. I’m actively compiling this list to benefit writers of varying levels of emersion in the waters of authordom, to help us look less stupid or simply to help you navigate the world of writing a little more confidently.
I am taking suggestions to add to this list, it's not complete by any stretch. I am particularly interested in ‘writer-culture’ words. Or, perhaps you disagree with my definition. I’d like to hear about that as well.
I’ve broken it down by categories.
Active Voice Writing where the subject of the sentence is carrying out action
ARC Advanced Reader Copy, printed before the actual print run on a new book
Auxiliary or Helping verb A verb that goes with another verb (have or do)
Back Matter Back pages of a book that have appendixes, indexes and endnotes
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