Last-Minute Workplace Gifts

I have had my share of the corporate workplace experience and was happy to wave it goodbye. But some scars endure... Let me state up front that most of my colleagues were charming and pleasant people with whom I would be happy to be trapped in a lift (for a short while, at least). But …

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No Revolution Is Too Big: Vol 4

A few days ago, I told you about the SciFi series, "No Revolution Is Too Big". Each story in the series is written by a different author and explores the universe devised by bestselling author, Mike Lynch. Volumes 1,2 and 3 had already been released when I wrote, and now Volume 4 is available from Amazon and …

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No Revolution Is Too Big: Vols 1-3

After a bit of an absence, due to family, writing and acting commitments, I'm back with news about one of the projects I have been working on. Award-winning writer, Mike Lynch, has launched a series of short books, all set in the universe established in his original story, "No Revolution is Too Big". That story …

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Do You Have “As You Know, Bob…” Syndrome?–How Writers Can Butcher Dialogue & How to Fix It

This post addresses an aspect of bad writing that I really, really hate! Thanks Marcy and Kristen.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Writing a stand-out novel involves a lot of individual pieces working together in perfect concert. If there’s no solid plot? Readers get confused, lost or bored. If the plot is great, but the characters are all one-dimensional paper dolls? No one cares. If we butcher grammar, spelling and formatting? It’s a formula for dismal sales or even a long line of one-star reviews from ticked off readers.

Hey, the world may think writing fiction is easy, but we all know differently ;).

One of the best ways to move plot forward with increasing momentum and to create living, breathing characters is by harnessing the power of dialogue. As an editor for twelve years, I can tell you dialogue is one of the single largest components of writing great fiction, and it’s the part that’s most often butchered. The story can be great, the setting, the prose?

….and then comes…

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