stage-door-1Yippers, you’ve found one of those unpublished writer’s blogs.

I’ve written a few short stories, but I’ve spent a lot of time on a WIP.

Along the way I’ve written about my learning journey, but who wants to read what I have to say?  We should all follow Rowling or King.  Some other good ones are  Kristen, the ladies in New HampshireWriter Unboxed, Blake Snyder’s old Save The Cat, nano fiction with Rochelle, and my favorite New Zealander.

Feel free to read about me, or contact me.

My WIP’s Fifth Revision – Chipping Away The Easy Stuff


My WIP’s Fifth Revision

Chipping Away The Easy Stuff

leaping-2I’m still at it.

And it’s taking longer than I wanted.

I’m resisting this and I’m not quite sure why.  It’s like a switch clicked and now I’m fighting to do anything with it.  I’d much rather do stuff in real life or surf the net.  If you’ve got any good game recommendations I’m up for that.  Ha.

And no amount of telling myself I’m almost done helps.  Who knows, maybe I’m afraid of what comes next…whatever that is.  But I think it involves cover art, professional editors, query letters and all things arcane and mysterious to me.

Even now I’m procrastinating finishing this post.  Ha.

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My WIP’s Fifth Revision – Chipping Away


My WIP’s Fifth Revision

Chipping Away

leaping-2Well, I made my punch list and I’m working stuff off.

I’d like to say I’m having fun, but…

…I enjoy writing far more than revising, which I only tolerate, or editing, which is hard and dull and I can hardly stand it.

…I’m always afraid when I start a new phase of this WIP for fear I’m finally and forever going to ruin it.

…I wonder when I will finally finish this stupid WIP.

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Why Would I Want To Write Like A Hack?


Why Would I Want To Write Like A Hack?



Over on Scribophile, someone pulled a quote out of Self Editing For Fiction Writers, Chapter Eleven, where the subject is Sophistication.  In their quote, the OP managed to misrepresent the chapter.  And, once blood was in the water, sharks circled before tearing each other to shreds.

Was the OP a conscious Troll?  Who knows…they didn’t have much of an account.  Yet, it’s possible it was an innocent question.  Time will tell if they participate in the community and offer up other stuff.

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My WIP’s Fifth Revision – From My Beta Readers


My WIP’s Fifth Revision

From My Beta Readers

leaping-2Over on Scribophile, I was lucky enough to have three beta readers go through my story.  My undying thank you to BC, Heather and RA.

Due to my mislabeling they expected to read a romance set in a fantasy setting instead of a fantasy with a love story nested inside it.  And, though it was hard for them, I learned a huge amount about my story…more than I probably would have with just fantasy readers.  And, that they were all women lent a different slant than guys might have given me. Continue reading

Sick Of Stumbling Through Scenes?


Sick Of Stumbling Through Scenes?

Take Two Books And Call Me Tomorrow

reflectionOver on Scribophile, a common refrain is how to balance things in a scene – and they usually list dialog, description and action.  For some reason they almost never list thoughts and sensations.

I wrote my entire first draft, all 84 scenes with only the most rudimentary understanding of scene construction, stuff I’d learned in Jack Bickham’s Scene and Structure, but I didn’t know what I was doing from one scene to the next.  Then I discovered two books that changed my entire writing approach.

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Libraries Have All The Answers, If We Look


Libraries Have All The Answers

If We Look


Tons of books live there.  And I can look at all of them, free of charge.  All I have to do is go.

I learned the trick of going to the library from one of those how-to-write-books books.  I was reading about some part of writing and the author suggested I look at books I’d read to study how the author did something or another. Continue reading