Since I missed last week, these linkies go back 2 weeks. Enjoy! Song playing right now on my playlist: “A Postcard to Henry Purcell,” from the Pride & Prejudice (2005) soundtrack. Writing and the Writing Life: Roz Morris on why writing rules matter: Love writing? Love the tools of the language A new way of looking at why […]

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Still needing some sleep, but am mostly recovered from Mardi Gras. Since I missed last week, these linkies go back 2 weeks. Enjoy! Song playing right now on my playlist: “The Promise,” from The Piano soundtrack. Writing and the Writing Life: Jami Gold has a trick for finding your POV’s voice: Need Voice? Think Out Loud. […]

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Ah, another Saturday morning and I’m sipping a cup of Yerba Maté tea and listening to the sweet sounds of raccoons fighting in the ceiling and walls above and around me. Song playing right now on my playlist: “He Won’t Go,” Adele. Writing and the Writing Life: Jami Gold has an awesome spreadsheet linked in […]

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Writing and the Writing Life: Lydia Sharp has some good advice for those in the query stage: Back to Basics – Writing a Query (slash) Pitch (slash) Jacket Blurb Kristen Lamb explores why you should only give away something for free if it’s not free: R-E-S-P-E-C-T isn’t FREE!!! Lynette Labelle has some good tips to work on in […]

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Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy with Fundamental Check: Do Your Scenes Have What They Need? and Leave the Breadcrumbs Behind: Are You Asking — and Answering — the Right Story Questions? and What’s Their Story? Discovering the Front Story of Your Non-Point of View Characters (Can you tell I love her posts?) Jane Friedman as thoughts on 5 Attitudes Toward […]

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Writing and the Writing Life: Mooderino delivers up a post on how to find the Goldilocks zone in writing, not too vague not too obvious, in Writing Without Too Much On The Nose Chuck Wendig offers up a counter post to his popular one of what not to do: 25 Things Writers Should Starting Doing (ASAFP) […]

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Writing and the Writing Life: Worried about your voice or if you even have one? Chuck Wendig shares 25 things writers should know about finding their voice It’s not too late to pitch your short stories/novellas to the editors of Entangled on Jami Gold’s blog. Deadline is Monday, January 16. If you’re struggling like me to […]

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Writing: Janice Hardy has advice on how to recognize plot devices: Knowing the Future: Avoiding Predictable Plots Through Plot Exposure In Romancelandia, the Smart Bitches had a lively discussion this week on Virginity Cliches in Romance For those also trying to perfect their query, Roni Loren can help clarify the process for you: The Single Best Piece of […]

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Truly. How many times have you woven in cool tidbits from your research only to be slammed by your beta readers or agents/editors that it doesn’t sound believable? And you splutter, “But… but… that really happened!” We’ve all heard that truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s, well, that’s true. The problem is when you […]

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Writing: Yesterday @JanetNorCal sent out this plea, can anyone help her? I thought someone tweeted a link to the fine line between contemps and historicals — but I can’t find it now. Did I imagine it? Are you also researching how to write an awesome query? Lydia Sharp posted 3 Things You Can Leave Out of […]

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