Rants

A (Short) Synopsis of “On Writing”

People forget sometimes that King was in fact a High School English teacher for several years while he wrote Rage, The Long Walk, and Carrie during his spare time. I think that teaching urge has never really left him, and On Writing is the result. You still have to go buy the book yourself if you want to know all the little tricks hidden inside it. I am shamelessly promoting the idea that you go give Stephen King some of your money. That said, here is a…

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Very Much Petted Peeves

Another edition of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and the glory that is their steadfast support.   If you’re into things like that, their Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG   The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner! Go check out their posts and enjoy. ~The more I post with this group, the greater has become my gratitude for it. Now that I’ve…

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The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Since I’m currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I’d like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid querying, if at all possible. No, I don’t mean that. It’s just the bitterness talking. Really, what I mean is: don’t query before your manuscript…

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A Three Step Path to Acceptance When Your Partner is Not a Bookworm Too

I’m sitting on the couch, laughing because this part of the Terry Pratchett book is hilarious. In some place like a library or coffee shop I would get strange looks, maybe a smile. From my partner . . . not even a glance. He’s so used to it he’s learned to tune it out. We’ve been together for ten years and in that time I have learned that when I want to talk books, recommend authors, or geek out over the…

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