Is Twitter Worth it?

Twitter logoAh, Twitter. Either you love it or you hate it. The big question is whether an author in the latter camp can afford to simply ignore it. The answer, I think, is “mostly.” Here’s why.

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Review: Paul Ruddocks Very Entertaining Short Story Collection, “Not What you Thought?”

Not What you ThoughtOnce upon a time – and a very long time it was – the short story was a well-respected form of literary fiction as well as an essential thread in the warp and woof of everyday life. Whether we’re speaking of one of Aesop’s moral lessons or an offering from one of the many modern day exemplars of the form, ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Isaac Bashevis Singer, there has always been a wide appreciation for a good, entertaining, short read. Until, for some reason, they wasn’t. Continue reading

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Hallelujah! Book Two is off to the Editor

boat-for-sale-image2The old line about the joys of boating holds that an owner’s two happiest days are when he buys a boat and when he sells it. An author feels the same way about a book, although you have to up the number of happy days to three: the day the author sits down to write a book and realizes that it’s probably going to work, the day the finished work is actually out there for sale, and in between, the day that the actual writing and editing part is finally, actually (really!) done. Thank goodness, that day finally arrived for me yesterday.

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When are you done Revising?

Mouse in TreadmillWhat a question. It reminds me of other eternal inquiries, such as Why is a mouse when it spins? or, What’s the difference between a duck?

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Back on the Treadmill

Teadmill 100Once upon a time, there were authors and publishers. Then things changed, and authors had to be both – ideally at the same time. No problem, right? Well… Continue reading

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When is a Cliché Forgivable?

Ten Commandments 100One of the ten commandments of creative writing must certainly be Thou Shalt Not Use clichés. The difference with writing commandments, of course, is that there’s always an “except…”

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Creating Effective Character Descriptions

Word Painting 120Effective character descriptions do more than provide a visual image of a character’s appearance. They can also take the reader into the mind of the person they have just met, provide the first hint of their destiny, or perhaps a dark shadow of their past. Continue reading

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