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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How to throw away the Author Goggles: become best critic possible

Author Goggles: responsible for 95% of your worst writing.

There's one inevitable difficulty that writers face as they begin to edit and finesse their work. No, it's not a lack of time, or a lack of willpower. It's not even that their work's just too damned good to criticize. It's ... the Author Goggles. The dreaded Author Goggles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

How to celebrate the holidays, writer-style

Happy Good Friday and/or Passover and/or regular Friday!*

Celebration and tradition can be beautiful things. How you celebrate and what your traditions are says a lot about your culture, and who you are as a nation, a religion, a society, a people and an individual. How we celebrate, how we engage and respond to celebration, is telling and -- from an author's perspective -- worldscaping gold.

Let's just look at our world, for a moment. Let's focus, specifically, on Easter. Easter is great for this post, because Easter is weird. It is the same religious celebration the world over: it is the day Christians and Catholics celebrate Christ's resurrection. But if you didn't know that, you wouldn't get that from looking at a lot of Easter celebrations and traditions. Being an American, I'm partial to the absurdity that is Easter in America. Easter in America (and, according to my [Wikipedia] research, the UK, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Austrailia) involves the Easter Bunny.**

He wants your children ... and your chewy, chewy flesh.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

POW! Making an impact with action scenes.


...okay, not really. Readers, loyal readers, I am back! Thank you for your patience. Death Cold 2014 turned into Horror Sinus Infection 2014 last week and I still can't bend over with my head feeling like it's going to explode from the pressure -- so that's been fun. But I'm well enough to be at work, and I'm well enough to write!

And what a treat I have for you today! I've talked a bit before about how to make more interesting descriptive passages -- and sure, descriptions are kind of important. They're the seasoning in you story burger. The cherry on your plot sundae. But today we're going to talk about the good stuff: the action scenes!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Where have you been?

Sorry, readers. I've been down for the count this week -- I should have given a heads up, but I've been busy battling Death Cold 2014. It hasn't been any fun. The good news is, I have some great topics lined up for next week that were originally planned for this week -- and hopefully, with more time to think about them, they'll be even better.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to my meal of green tea and Halls cough drops.

Love Always,

Your Blog Lady