Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

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Active Voice vs Passive Voice

Last week, writing and studying the craft of writing overwhelmed me. I followed the chapters and exercises in the book, Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden. I read a chapter and then wrote, read another chapter and revised, and … Continue reading

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Identify the Beginning; Eliminate the Past

On a good day, I take two steps backward to move one step forward with my writing. Just when I thought I had written the perfect opening, I found that my opening was not the beginning of my story. Each … Continue reading

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The Craft of Writing–A Killer Opening

I wrote a killer opening for my novel. It killed any desire to read further. Or so my friends said when I shared my work. Each gave a different remedy. Some said to open with dialog; others said to describe the setting … Continue reading

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The Craft of Writing—Techno Savvy

Recently, I’ve read several books and articles on what agents/editors/publishers want besides good writing skills, a unique voice, original plot, and strong characters. They demand a strong platform—online social networking. In other words, they want a lot of people to know … Continue reading

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The Craft of Writing–Outlining

This past week has been busy as I returned to the habit of writing daily. I’ve made some progress on my novel, and I wrote and submitted a humor essay. I began the novel three years ago—in May 2007—without a … Continue reading

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