Category Archives: Writing

What Is Success?

My friend John Anealio made a pretty dramatic announcement on his blog yesterday: I’ve been plugging away at this particular phase of my artistic life for about 7 years now. I’ve spent the majority of this time trying to write … Continue reading

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The Great Agent Hunt is Underway

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve queried 13 literary agents about my ghost hunter novel. To date, I’ve heard back from four of them. Three were the all-to-familiear “dear author” email — this-project-is-not-right-for-us, etc. However, one did send a … Continue reading

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Writing Critique Groups: This is For You

These are excellent questions for anyone critiquing a book or story to use, whether you’re a beta reader for a novel or the members of a critique group. I’m going to send them to the members of my group before … Continue reading

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Speculative Fiction and Sports

It’s 11:00 p.m. and I’m watching a baseball game between my beloved Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. This is my 41st season as a Red Sox fan (see prior blog posts for my current age), and this … Continue reading

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Make the Box Larger

Jennifer Povey offers an interesting perspective on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series: It’s my opinion that The Hunger Games and its sequels are the best anti-war novels of recent time. They deserve to stand next to Joe Haldeman’s Forever War … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Doing

It’s been almost a month since my last post here, which has shot a major hole in my aim of two to three blog posts a week. Part of the reason for that absence has been laziness, but it has … Continue reading

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Revisions, Revisions

There is a lot of writing on my agenda these days. I’ve been hired to write two freelance articles for a technical newsletter. I’ve been asked to write a profile of a parishioner for my church’s weekly bulletin. The project … Continue reading

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Writing Technical Post: The Danger of Passive Sentences

If you’ve read any books or articles on writing, at some point you’ve read or heard an instructor say that you should avoid using passive sentences. For those who don’t obsess about these things and who may have forgotten what … Continue reading

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Writing As Investment

Dean Wesley Smith offers an interesting new perspective for writers: An Indie Publisher Investing Plan Step One: Set a Goal to Publish Something New Every Two Weeks. — It could be a short story or your latest book. It could … Continue reading

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What Will Happen in the Publishing World in 2012?

Happy New Year! At this time of year, we get a lot of “year in review” and “predictions for the new year” blog post. As someone who greets every new year with renewed hopes of getting a book published, I … Continue reading

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