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Revisions: Cleanup on Aisle Three

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Right now I’m revising my novel. I’ve been revising for quite a few months now; at this point I’ve spent more time revising than I did writing the first draft. But what am… Continue reading

The Perfect Plot

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I wish I could lay plots like eggs, smooth and beautiful and unbroken. Obviously I can’t. But it’s something I think about, because I’m weird. So here’s a question that popped into my… Continue reading

Turn and face the strange

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Hey, so that whole thing where we decided not to have a posting schedule? Yeah. That didn’t work out very well. So we’re scrapping it. I have Wednesdays now, so, Hi Wednesdays! So… Continue reading

Who owns an idea?

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Hi everybody, I had a baby! But enough about that. Women be havin’ babies every day. But I have an idea. I want to talk about ideas. “Authorship is censorship.” Shia LaBouf via… Continue reading

We All Start Somewhere

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I spent this weekend cleaning out the closet of my former office and future daughter’s room. I don’t think I would have finished the job without Cecil’s mellifluous voice to keep me company.… Continue reading

“I hate strong female characters.” Yes, and let’s stop creating them.

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I just read last week’s article in the New Statesmen by Sophia McDougall entitled I hate Strong Female Characters. By now you’ve probably read it too, but in case you haven’t, McDougall essentially… Continue reading

Pitching to an agent: AKA learn from my mistakes!

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While I was at Cascade Writer’s Workshop, I got to pitch to Cameron McClure of Don Maass. It went…poorly. (She was great. *I* was poorly.) First the story, then the lesson. I signed… Continue reading

Tips from a professional editor, part three.

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This is Part Three of a special series of tips I picked up from workshopping with Claire Eddy of Tor. If you’re curious you can go back and read: Part Two Part One… Continue reading

Tips from a professional editor, part two.

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This is Part Two of a special series of tips I picked up from workshopping with Claire Eddy of Tor. If you’re curious you can go back and read: Part One Part Zero (Or… Continue reading

Tips from a professional editor, part one.

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This week I’m doing a special series of tips I picked up from workshopping with Claire Eddy of Tor. This is part one. For an explanation of how I got to pick an… Continue reading

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