Part 2 of an editing series Editing my manuscript has been a long process, mostly because I keep teaching myself things as I go along. Herewith, a cheap way for you to learn from my expensive lessons. 1. Specificity Outperforms Vagueness Specific words trigger your mind while vague words don’t. Want evidence? It’s all around […]
Part 1 of my editing series If experience leads to expertise, I should be rolling into Expert at the next exit. With all the time I’ve spent editing my (formerly) 90,000-word manuscript, I am now a maestro using my red pen as a baton. I’ve learned a lot, and I want to pass it on […]
Groucho Marx vs. Abbott & Costello: Does anybody care?
Frain gets murdered before a live audience at the Renaissance Hotel.
Reading Time: 1 minute Was my therapist who told me to start a blog. Then, a few sessions later she got all pissy about it. “You talk to the world, but you barely talk to me” was the way she put it during one session. Well, I thought, the world is more interesting than most of your […]
For You: A Ground Floor Opportunity! — Reading time: 1 minute Who’s your favorite author? Grisham or Grafton? Lehane, Le Carre, Lansdale or Leonard? Even if your favorite author isn’t a “G” or an “L”, I have the same question for you: Did you read the very first piece of fiction they were paid to write? […]
Success for National Novel Writing Month (NANO) November hurled plenty my way to try and stop me from hitting the goal of writing 50,000 words during the month. From the bad – my daughter spending four days in the hospital, to the good – thirty-two people showing up for Thanksgiving at our house. My daughter […]