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The Surprise Factor in Fiction

By on Monday, Apr 11, 2011 | 0 comments

Had a big family event this weekend at my house that required a lot of preparation, so yesterday I gave myself permission to vege out, enjoy the 80+ degee weather (yes, even in Cleveland, it appears spring has arrived (and I say that with a great deal of caution)!), and dig into Brava, Valentine, Adriana Trigiani's continuation of [...]

The Lush Language of Adriana Trigiani

By on Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 | 0 comments

I have been discovering new authors (well, actually, famous authors who are new to me)--ones who are going to be a part of the Jane Austen anthology coming out this fall by Ballantine books.  I had the great pleasure of reading Very Valentine, Adriana Trigiani's 2009 book about a woman's quest for self discovery in [...]

Help for Writing in the First Person…from Wendy LaCapra

By on Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 | 3 comments

I've recently been called upon to read a friend's partial manuscript--all written in the first person.I recently wrote a short story in the first person, which I had never seriously done before. And I realized there are pitfalls.The hardest one for me was the "telling" pitfall.  How on earth do you avoid telling if you [...]

Do You Slump When You Work, or Proper Posture at Your Computer

By on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Do you spend hours every day sitting down at the screen typing away?  Ask yourself these questions to see if you're stressing your body by not doing it properly!Do your ears line up with your shoulders and hips (like they should if you are sitting up straight)?Is the top of your screen at forehead level?  (hard to [...]

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

By on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 | 2 comments

"...you never know what you're gonna get."  Forrest Gump was right.  And it looks like this year, I didn't get a Golden Heart final, nor did some of my very talented friends. But for those who did, Congratulations!   You were recognized for your talent and determination, and you earned it!The GH lists are not quite complete, [...]

It’s Golden Heart Week

By on Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 | 0 comments

It's the week we've all been waiting for!  Doesn't last November, when we cautiously and optimistically FedEx'd our bulging packages full of manuscript copies and binder clips goodbye on the crisp autumn breeze, seem SO long ago?On Friday, the calls go out from RWA to the winners of the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers.  I'm [...]

Brain Fatigue and Maturing Your Manuscript

By on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 | 2 comments

I really hate brain fatigue.  The kind that prevents you from seeing mistakes.  When you work on a manuscript day in and day out, you are bound to get it.  Here are the top three annoying mistakes I often make and then catch only after I've had a rest from a manuscript:--I use the same [...]

The Ethics of Coordinating a Contest

By on Friday, Mar 11, 2011 | 0 comments

A little while ago I did a post on the difficulties of judging the GH.  Today I have some comments on being a category coordinator for my local RWA chapter contest.  Judging the GH was a piece of cake compared to this job!I have a new appreciation for the ethical dilemmas of contest coordinators.  For new [...]

What Leslie Dow Learned from Lori Wilde–a post from Savvy Authors

By on Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Aspiring autrhor Leslie Dow did a post on Savvy Authors today about being savvy in the business of writing called "What I Learned from Lori Wilde." Lori offers a write-a-novel-in-six-months class through Savvy U.that Leslie took and enjoyed a lot.You can read Leslie's full post at Savvy Authors here.Pearls from this post follow.  Lori says, "Your writing is neither [...]

SEP’s Character Description–Why I Think It Works

By on Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 | 0 comments

The reason I think this description (see post from earlier today) is so fantastic is that SEP describes our hero not by looks alone but by his looks as they relate to his personality.--The heroine assumes there is something about him that proclaims he was not born into blue blood--but had a rough past.--His hair color [...]