I would really, really, really, love it if people took to the habit of understanding the meaning of words before they used them. I know it's a lot to ask, but bear with me anyway. You want to get creative? That's fine. Lots of ways to do that. Dialogue tags are, however, most definitely not… Continue reading Elements of Craft: The Syntactical Contortions of “Creative” Dialogue Tags
"Make your characters interesting." Don't recall exactly where I got this little bit of writing advice, but I was thinking about it when a few someones came up to me and asked if I'd seen Lucifer. I think it was prompted by "The Devil You Know" (an unpublished short story of mine) which featured The… Continue reading When the heroes are bad guys
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Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Mar. 2nd, 2018 Are we there yet? Anyone who has spent five days in a conference room, six nights in a hotel bed, and played Russian roulette with every meal in a strange place not famous for its culinary delights (yes, I'm a foodie; sue… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part six)
Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Mar. 1st, 2018 The fifth story was an exploration of dragons. The first thing the buying editor admitted to was the fact that she did not articulate what she wanted as well as she thought she had. Unfortunately, that wasn't apparent until she got the stories and… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part five)
Part One Part Two Part Three Feb. 28th, 2018 The theme for story four was "chances," and although there were plenty of clues in the submission call that it was to be a romance anthology, it was never explicitly stated. Two people that take chances to be together didn't say "romance" to everyone in… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part four)
Part One Part Two Feb. 27th, 2018 The story for the third week had to do with strangers dealing with each other. And it was another one of those that made me scratch my head, especially the part about not wanting to read anything icky since it was a parent-child editorial team. No definition of… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part three)
Part One. Feb. 26th, 2018 The workshop's second assignment was another difficult one. The theme was "Broken Dreams" and the editor specified that she didn't want the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Even with the 8000-word limit, I wanted to skip this uncomfortable subject. But I had to try. Otherwise, I'd be wasting my time… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part two)
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale One-point-two million words. Two-hundred-and-seventy stories. Six editors. Why sign up to write six stories in six weeks without knowing a single thing about what you were going to be asked to write? Well,… Continue reading A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part one)
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Writer's Guild of Texas tonight for my presentation. You were such a great audience. All the resources I mentioned can be found here.