BREAKING THE WRITING RULES
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BREAKING WRITING RULES RIGHT: DON’T USE FILTER WORDS by September C. Fawkes
EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Filter works are linked to characters such as he shrugged or she sighed. September gives the reasons the habit signals weak writing. What is helpful to authors is the bulk of the post discusses when to break the rule. Filter words and I have had a relationship. I need to break it.
Alice discusses my second poor writing habit, split infinitives. What is a split infinitive? Simply put, stuff that gets slipped in between to and its object. Mary likes to sleep after lunch in her bedroom. Alice follows up urging authors to split away..
These are excellent posts for authors. They are even better posts for the editor who critiques the author’s writing.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a post every author should read who has their novel listed on Amazon. Simply put, Dave offers a road map with examples on how to choose more Amazon book categories.
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THE ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP FOR NEW AUTHORS: BOOK REVIEWS, NOT SALES by David Wogahn from Jane Friedman
EDITOR’S COMMENT: What attracted me to David’s post was plain talk. He speaks of the analogy of comparing one review with a someone walking into an empty restaurant. The post includes ideas on where to search for reviews and points to think about with paid reviews.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Amanda is a frequent contributor to the Journal. Her posts are helpful to Authors. I started out as an OJT author. I knew what and how I wanted to write. I did not know the name of the style I still use today. Amanda covers all of the viewpoints in first, second and third person. Good stuff.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I suspect this is an issue that creates concern for many authors. Nate identifies eight attempts to sabotage a site including new text, images, automatically redirecting to another website, and antivirus or firewall is flagging the site. The post is worthy of a review.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: We have discussed this subject before, but this post is too good to pass up. Kristen talks about framing scenes. I believe her comments on how to practice angling for emotion is helpful. Take a look and see if you agree.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Anthony suggests successful dialogue includes thinking of dialogue as a tennis match and one-liners or phrases have value.Love dialogue. My favorite exercise in writing.
WHERE ARE ROMANCE NOVELS HEADED GIVEN THE CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN’S ISSUES? by Darcel Rockett from the Chicago Tribune
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have to confess I feel under qualified to summarize the post. I am principally a thriller writer with some occasional efforts in the romance arena. I would urge all romance authors to read the post.
HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION by Mary Davidsaver, Sharing a Great Find
WHAT AUTHOR LEARNING CENTER IS TEACHING: BUYER BEWARE by Lynne Cantwell from Indies Unlimited
WHY WRITING IN A SERIES WILL MAKE YOU MORE MONEY AS A WRITER by Joanna Penn from the Creative Penn
FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
Seth and Pamela met on a plane. Many people meet strangers on planes. Their introduction was different. She sensed his pain of a broken life. He was unlike any other man she’d met, and later said, “He turned something on inside me that won’t stop.” LOVE REVISITED is Seth and Pamela’s love story.
Empty teacup retired to the saucer, Pamela’s mother Victoria said in a crisp tone, “I cannot understand why you are acting so irresponsibly.”
Pamela retreated from the floor to ceiling window, satisfied with her inspection of Central Park, Joggers and strollers filled the walkway around The Pond while other lingered on Gapstow Bridge. “Mother, we’ve discussed it. You agreed to meet him.”
“Yes, I agreed. But why have you invited a total stranger you met on a plane to visit our home.”
“No, I invited Seth into our home.”
“What if he is an axe murderer?” Victoria said. She stopped to brush her fingertips on her prized 17th century German Römer wineglass given to her by her father. The wineglass had been in her father’s family for four generations.