Category : Writing Craft

Written on Jul, 29, 2012 by in , | 3 Comments.

Now and then, I catch myself rushing: anxious to publish and hurrying my writing. Luckily, I have techniques to combat this mindset (one of which involves an excellent Malbec or Chianti), and it becomes easier as time goes on to convince myself that rushing has no merit. But why do I entertain this temptation in the first place? I’ve narrowed …

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Written on Jun, 20, 2012 by in , | Leave a comment

Hello everyone, this is the first ever guest post on my site, and I’m very excited to bring you this article by Mark Landen. Thanks, Mark! He’s working on his first novel, but for the last year or so, he has also been beavering away on a brand new author-centric web site called Criticular. But I’m getting ahead of myself. …

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Written on Jun, 17, 2012 by in | 3 Comments.

  In part 1, I wrote about group formats. When you are searching for a new (or your first) group, you obviously want to ask about format and meeting frequency, and select a group that mirrors your style and amount of free time. I recommend a face-to-face group as more personal and social than critiques conducted via email. Other questions …

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Written on Jun, 11, 2012 by in | 3 Comments.

Critique or writers groups: Some writers swear by them, others view them with disdain, and I have met many folks who have just had awful experiences with them. Many successful authors label them unnecessary, which probably makes sense for them – if you have a dozen or more books under your belt, you should have honed your craft to a …

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Written on May, 13, 2012 by in | Leave a comment

I’m writing this post in the middle of a 12 day visit to England, because it reminded me of a valuable tip to bring perspective to our writing. Most of us are very busy with day jobs, families, houses and other responsibilities, and we fill every spare hour with writing. It is all too easy to get into the rut …

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Written on Apr, 28, 2012 by in , | 14 Comments.

The last couple of months have been incredibly stressful for me as I gear up toward the launch of my first book. I wanted to share a couple of observations in the hope I might help just one budding author in the same boat, just as others have helped me. I’m honoured to have the guru and oracle, Yoda with …

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Written on Mar, 12, 2012 by in | 1 Comment.

I recently reached one of the many milestones that budding authors stumble across, the realization that even after completing our first book, we have only set foot on the long road to learning our craft. I see accomplished authors nodding their heads. I also see writers on their first book staring at me in terror. Say what now? You mean …

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Written on Mar, 04, 2012 by in , | Leave a comment

Sometimes you read a book where the setting is so rich, so beautifully described and original that you feel right there beside the characters. I believe that the setting can be as compelling as the characters, particularly in a series. You know, that feeling when you itch to read the next book as much for the world setting as for …

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Written on Jan, 22, 2012 by in | Leave a comment

Ok, so I don’t mean that literally. Of course you should enjoy a book, that’s its purpose. As a writer, we can evolve our craft and style by studying the work of others more successful than ourselves. We’re all apprentices until we have a collection of books to our name, and even then I don’t think any of us ever …

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Written on Dec, 21, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

How do you know when you’re finished with your book? When will your m/s come out of the oven at the perfect temperature, wonderfully seasoned, beautifully plated and ready for consumption by an agent? Never. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I spent a year planning this book, another three years writing it, and another year editing it. It’s been …

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