A Christmas Tail


Wait! This is not turning into a cat-thread. It’s a one-off, I swear! Let me explain…

We’re currently looking after a cat for one of our daughters but had to spend Christmas in the UK. So we asked a friend to cat-sit. After a few days, text messages began to arrive from the cat. Clearly, she was writing a diary and sending it to us, her “pride.” I share these with you…

Diary of a Sour Puss

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WRITE, DARE, SUBMIT – Guest Post

Today’s post is a departure – a guest post from I.O. Kirkwood – but still within my “How to get Published” series theme. IO is a rising writer with a refreshing viewpoint. She, too was an unpublished writer until recently.  Now read on…

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Since the age of 12, in almost 32 years, I have written over one-hundred beefy novels of complete crapola.

That’s ten million words, folks. I have authored my own Encyclopedia Crappanica, and I mean the umpteen-volume-set that requires a magnifying glass to read the entries. I don’t regret a single word (as long as they remain unread) because those ten million beauties reached critical mass in 2013.

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More “Revolutions”

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Over the past few months, I have worked with an excellent team of writers to produce the science fiction series, “No Revolution Is Too Big“. Each part is written by a different author in a “shared world” approach, based around the adventures of a particular alien. We all pursued this alien across time and space in our own particular styles and produced a remarkably varied set of adventures. Continue reading

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.

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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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