Tag Archive: writing

Which Words

Writers and words go together because…duh? But which words? Call me…a miniaturist? Maybe? Mental Floss has a list of 14 old fashioned things to call writers. Someone who writes short pieces of fiction. Yup! (Writrix is also good but mostly because it sounds like someone who stabs someone with old fashioned quills.) Which Words? Swear Words How many swear words could you come up with? 400 or more? Mostly we use 10. No, swearing doesn’t mean you have a limited…
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Camp NaNo

Camp NaNo is coming up soon and I’ll be using it as a chance to dig in and focus on a giant monster edit pass of the first in Jenna’s series. I know that some writers are judgey of NaNoWriMo and the NaNo camps. For me, at least, they are a good opportunity to set my focus on one project and try to carry it to completion. Doing NaNo doesn’t mean I never write for the rest of the year….
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Compiling Feedback

What now? I need to start compiling feedback. Ok so I’ve gotten feedback and I’ve thanked the person (I really liked Elizabeth@Be There Dragons’s suggestion of a small thoughtful gift is a great one). Then I need to work on what to do with it. Some feedback is better than others. If I’m going to be doing a full rewrite  the grammar and spelling are likely not that helpful. If someone doesn’t like the genre…then not much I can do…
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Outlines

I have no theme for today’s roundup of links. But I’m seriously excited about the Google Docs outlines thing. It is so nice. I Writing Skills Writing more is good. Whatever the words. Even “arse full of farts”. I’m all for fan fiction, writing back from a skeleton of something else, writing within another world (like for a tabletop game…not that I’d ever do that…). Write. Write. Write. Though I do know someone who once copied the phone book, by…
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Feedback

I’ve been reading a lot about beta-readers, critiques, feedback, editing, and all the things that surround it. This post (well series of posts) is me working out my thoughts about feedback of all kinds. It’s going to start fairly traditional, but expect it to take a weird turn at some point in the second or maybe third post…(UX…dun…dun…dun) I’ve read about writers who are scared of feedback, nervous about sending things out into the world, and protective of the things…
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To Do Lists

To Do Lists? I love them. I have a very deep love for to do lists. But I want to not just write to do lists, I want them to help me write better. For me Chuck Wendig style flailing and shouting isn’t actually useful. Yes, but what will I write? Which project? How much? By when? Me? I need structure. All brains love structure, but I know mine does and I want to feed it structure so it can…
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Alone – Again

A couple of updates and then onto another flash fiction piece (or jump ahead for Alone – Again). Update: Publishing Thieves has been updated and remastered and is out now on Amazon for $.99. It will also, hopefully, be out soon on Audible as an audiobook. (Check back for updates on that.) I will also have another audiobook (I’m reading someone else’s book) coming out soon on Audible. I’ll announce that when everything is finalized and it is available. Update:…
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Ring of Bullets

Another flash fiction challenge from someone else’s title thanks to Chuck Wendig. I selected Ring of Bullets and I went weirdly literal? I feel like there are a lot of places to go weirdly literal with Ring of Bullets. Last time I selected a title no one else had picked and then as the stories started to filter in it was one of the more popular ones. So I’m just going with the one that grabbed me when I read…
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The Crow of Nine-World

Another flash fiction challenge from Chuck Wendig:  The Crow of Nine-World. This one was the best, because I didn’t have to come up with a title. And I hate titles. Pick from a list of titles and write something.  While “The River’s Mask” was very tempting I went with The Crow of Nine-World. A quick pause before we get to the main action. I’m considering starting a podcast to put the audio in. I’d love any feedback if people would…
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Cold Escape – A flash fiction challenge

Why? Chuck Wendig threw down some sort of gauntlet filled with geese and assassins and lightening. And also pretty pictures. Because what good is a goose without a pretty picture? I don’t understand either. I’m secretly not entirely sure he understands. Shh. But what I do understand is a challenge. This challenge was to write a 1K flash fiction piece about a photo from a random photo generator. Show me! The lovely photo I selected (in part because it’s a…
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