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Write What You Know: I Just Work Here

One of my favorite books about the craft is Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s chocked full of interesting anecdotes and useful tidbits about King’s approach to the written word (definitely check it out if you haven’t already). Much of that book has stuck with… Continue Reading “Write What You Know: I Just Work Here”

Taking All the Credits: 15 Years of Writing

I’m currently in the process of putting together an author’s CV, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and it’s been fun to stroll down memory lane and to see what I’ve written and published over the last fifteen years. I presented… Continue Reading “Taking All the Credits: 15 Years of Writing”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Unspoken Rejection

It’s been a while since I posted a new Rejection Letter Rundown, mostly because I’ve covered just about every kind of rejection you can get. That said, there’s always something new in submission land. 🙂 So this time we’re discussing a rejection letter sans,… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Unspoken Rejection”

Weeks of Writing: 9/14/20 to 10/11/20

I’m a month behind, so this’ll be four weeks of writing. 🙂 Words to Write By Here’s one from author Richard Bach. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” —Richard Bach I really like this quote for the bit about not quitting.… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 9/14/20 to 10/11/20”

A Bad Request? 400 Rejections

Today I received my 400th rejection since I started tracking my submissions through Duotrope. Yeah, I received a few pre-Duotrope, in what amounts to my literary Dark Ages, but those rejections are lost to the sands of time and ancient Hotmail accounts, so we’ll… Continue Reading “A Bad Request? 400 Rejections”

Novel Work: Round One Revisions

A little over a month ago, I finished the first draft of a new novel tentatively titled Hell to Play. I let it sit for a while to rest, refocus, and work on other projects, but now I’ve started doing the initial read-through and… Continue Reading “Novel Work: Round One Revisions”

A Novel First Draft by the Numbers

A few days ago, I finished the first draft of a new novel tentatively titled Hell to Play. I’ve posted about first drafts in the past, but since this one is fresh in my mind I thought I’d break down the numbers and talk about… Continue Reading “A Novel First Draft by the Numbers”

The Way I Write Part 3: Refinement

Once more we’re taking a look at my writing as it’s progressed over the last twenty years to see how it’s changed and if it’s improved. The first post focused on pretty amateurish works of fiction from the early aughts. The second post jumped… Continue Reading “The Way I Write Part 3: Refinement”

The Way I Write Part 2: Evolution

Last week, I delved into the earliest existing examples of my fiction (all unpublished) to see how and what I was writing back in the early aughts. I gave examples from two short stories and used the Flesch-Kincaid readability scores, plus the old-fashioned eyeball… Continue Reading “The Way I Write Part 2: Evolution”

Reading Your Readability Scores

How easy (or difficult) is your work to read? This is a question that can be answered to some degree with the Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, which (in very simple terms) are designed to provide a readability score and indicate what grade-level education is needed… Continue Reading “Reading Your Readability Scores”

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