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Degrees of Suckitude

TweetI was recently discussing a story-in-progress with someone. I ventured to hope that it didn’t suck. I was told there was no way it could suck, given excerpts she had seen. Au contraire! There are degrees of suckitude. (That is … Continue reading

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Line Editing: Specific Examples

TweetI took these examples of revisions from a story I’m still working on. The first version is dated August 15, 2010. The second version is dated February 26, 2011. Between those two versions, I began changing this piece from a … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Writing Erotica

TweetNeedless to say these aren’t the only five things to keep in mind when writing erotica. And these five things aren’t always going to be applicable. They can be useful on many occasions, however. 1. You don’t need to show … Continue reading

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Size Does Matter

TweetThe piece I’m currently writing is meant to be about 15,000 words. It’s been an interesting experience so far. I’m learning a lot about writing at this length. You see, I have written many short stories, almost all of them … Continue reading

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Critiquing Outside The Comfort Zone

TweetLast week, a friend of mine asked me to do an unusual critique. I’m glad I took her up on it. This friend, though not a fiction writer, is a professional in nonfiction and has worked as an editor. She’s … Continue reading

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Imaginary Alleys

TweetLondon 1900: The Imperial Metropolis got me to thinking. How accurate does a historical writer have to be about the tiny details of place? Does it only matter about the major landmarks, or do the side streets count as well? … Continue reading

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Fast Time and Slow Time in Fiction

TweetI’ve been reading The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes by Joan Silber for a while now. It’s a small book, and easy to read, but it packs in a lot of concepts, and I don’t … Continue reading

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History and Diction

TweetI’ve been reading through a lot of Regencies in my TBR lately, and one thing I notice frequently is the diction. I go back and forth a lot on the issue of historical diction. To me, diction is the base … Continue reading

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Building Setting: Inherent Conflict

TweetWhen creating a setting for a novel, it needs to provide opportunities for conflict. For example, in a Regency Romance, the conflict is generally between the characters and the social mores of that time and place. For one reason or … Continue reading

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Active Settings

TweetI had a note to myself that I should blog about “active settings.” I didn’t remember exactly why I’d written that phrase down, but ideas began to spill into my mind, as if the phrase was a cue. Thinking of … Continue reading

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