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WRITE IN ECSTASY, EDIT WITH INTENT

In a recent posts I’ve offered some advice that seemed pretty strict: banning a few words, sending you out in search of passive voice, telling you how to punctuate a line of dialog, and so on. In those posts, and … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XVI: ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to … Continue reading

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WRITING ACCENTS

Following up on last week’s post, “Don’t Write Accents Phonetically,” here’s some more specific advice on what to do rather than what not to do. But first, let’s take a look at the offending passage from Ian Fleming’s Live and … Continue reading

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DON’T WRITE ACCENTS PHONETICALLY

After the post from a couple weeks ago I had promised to stay away from politics for a while—if not forever—and I really meant to stick to that, but then this came along, just this morning as I was reading … Continue reading

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TWO OLD POEMS

I have to admit I’m just really behind the deadline eight-ball again, but still, I also wanted to cleanse myself and the blog of last week’s rant, so . . . It’s hard for me to even believe that at … Continue reading

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT

Let’s start with two simple, indisputable facts: You have the right to your own opinion, and You have the right to remain silent. I awoke this morning at 3:45 am feeling out of sorts. It wasn’t just the mysterious pain … Continue reading

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: A STAND-ALONE WITH SERIES POTENTIAL

For a long time now I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that every query letter you send out should have the title of the book you’re trying to sell plus these six words emblazoned across it:   . . . is a … Continue reading

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