Stagnant Villians

I've been reading David Farland's, Million Dollar Outlines and I must tell you that so far it's a close second to Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint in terms of usefulness. One of the big...

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Stagnant Villians

I’ve been reading David Farland’s, Million Dollar Outlines and I must tell you that so far it’s a close second to Orson Scott Card’s Characters and Viewpoint in terms of usefulness. One of the big take-aways I got was that …

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Joined a new writing group.

Unfortunately after a little over a year, I decided to disband my own writing group, Rockingham Writers. It served its purpose of putting me in contact with fellow writers. It more than served its purpose by getting me in touch …

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Superstars Writing Seminar

I’ve signed up for Superstars Writing Seminar in Vegas this April/ May. This will be my second real conference, the first being Uncle Orson’s. It looks like a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the big names of writing and …

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Uncle Orson’s Literary Bootcamp 2011

I’ve been anxiously awaiting to hear back from Uncle Orson for the last week regarding his bootcamp and was rewarded today with an acceptance. I have been reading up on past experiences and it looks like it is going to …

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The Waiting Game (VP 2011/ Uncle Orson’s)

My Applications are in. Last year I went to two Algonkian conferences and got a good idea as to coming up with ideas that are marketable. This year, I decided I really need some more craft/ critiquing conferences. I have …

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Things are slow

John Aaron Jacob Bruno was born almost two weeks ago and my writing has slowed down since. I am currently working on re-writing the Sins of the Wolf and I am working on a short story so I can submit …

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Viable Paradise 2011

I first heard of VP from Mur Lafferty months ago when I was catching up on I Should be Writing, her excellent podcast. I hope someday to attend Clarion, but six weeks away from my family and job is something …

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Killing your darlings

Or in this case, killing an unnecessary character who provides minor comic relief. From my writing group, Rockingham Writers last night, I got feedback on my first two chapters. I highly recommend our group to anyone in southern NH or …

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Final Re-write

OK, one too many craft books later… This is my first novel and I want to get it right. I’ve had good luck verbally pitching it, even securing a partial read which didn’t work out so well, although you have …

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Links I’m using to learn

One comment from the agent was use of passive voice. I thought I had fixed this, but I guess I had left enough in that it became a concern. There are other issues I hit before, but for my benefit …

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