dedication and acknowledgements

Have you ever wondered how the front material gets into a book? Some readers ignore those pages entirely, others read them with great interest. I was always one to read the dedication and acknowledgements; as I grew to knew more writers and publishing professionals, it became more and more fun to recognize names and the […]

Crystal Jordan Guest Post: How To Make The Mating Instinct Work

Today’s post is by Crystal Jordan, author of On the Prowl and many other works. You can visit her blog here: http://www.crystaljordan.com/blog/ and her website here: http://www.crystaljordan.com/ Welcome, Crystal! It’s great to have you! How To Make The Mating Instinct Work So, I saw a list of plotlines an author “has to work extra hard […]

Jerome K. Jerome on Work

It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. You cannot give me too much work; to accumulate work has […]

ANZAC Cookies

It is ANZAC Day. These cookies were meant to keep fresh for a long time, to be shipped by boat from Australia and New Zealand to the European front during World War One, but they are also very yummy cookies. I got this recipe from someone in my writers’ workshop. ANZAC Cookie/Biscuits 1 cup all […]

Regarding The Miracle of Time

I am feeling good about Moonlight Mistress. It’s as if, now that the revision letter is addressed and the manuscript is out of my hands, it’s slowly begun to gather to itself a sort of halo, a glow of being done that automatically makes it “better” than any novel that’s not done. This happens almost […]

Some Notes on Revising a Manuscript: Refining the Prose

Some Notes on Revising a Manuscript: Refining the Prose Refining the prose is best saved for last; you don’t want to spend time polishing something that will later be cut. If any words don’t support the plot or characterization or tone or mood, they should be changed or removed. If you repeat descriptions or thoughts […]

Some Notes on Revising a Manuscript: Coherence and Storytelling

Some Notes on Revising a Manuscript: Coherence and Storytelling On a first read of a completed manuscript, it’s a good time to check for overall coherence and storytelling. Check for skipped time and space. It helps the reader if you cue each one. The cue only needs to be a sentence or phrase: “Ginger’s flight […]