Several things have collided to produce this week’s post:
I am editing a college freshman text on health and wellness. In addition to learning MORE THAN I EVER WANTED TO KNOW about STDs and how they make genitalia look (shudder), I am also getting the message that exercise and diet can solve many MANY of the chronic . . . → Read More: Eat well to write well
Ever have one of those weeks? Your laptop harddrive crashes. Your son gets sick. Your mother-in-law has a root canal. You discover you may have been taking advantage of a friend so you feel like a total heel. You need to get cleared for a scuba diving trip but the diving doc is on vacation. Your engine . . . → Read More: Impossible, by Nancy Werlin
My friend Lisa read Read a thousand books and sent me this e-mail:
You suggest read 1,000 books in the genre that you prefer. What if I prefer several different genres?
Which I also feel may be part of the problem with my writing – I don’t know what genre I want to write!
I keep changing . . . → Read More: Reader question: How do I know what to write?
Why did I read this book?
Because it’s actually NOT about werewolves.
In which I learn I Really. Truly. Hate editing errors.
When I read a book and run into a typo, I think, “Darn.” When I read a second typo, I get a little irritated. When I read a third typo, I get a little agitated. I think, “Come on, guys. Hire me!” And when I read my fourth typo, well, things get ugly.
I had read my fourth by page 87. “We wonder into the crowd.”
And in which I learn I Really. Truly. Love circular stories.
Lest you think I’m just a whiner, I did learn something much more valuable than hire a damn good editor and proofreader before publishing something. I learned I loves me a circular ending.
. . . → Read More: Wolves, Boys, and Other Things that Might Kill Me, by Kristen Chandler
If you want to write something—a novel, a short story, an article—you have to write. It sounds ridiculously simple, but the simplest things are often not easy (try roasting the perfect chicken sometime). With our busy lives, children, jobs, hobbies, TV, it’s hard to carve out the time to… Just. Write.
Some people tell themselves they can’t . . . → Read More: Just write
Book: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publishing: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, September 2009
Pages: 496 (hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, contemporary fantasy, dark comedy
Awards: 2010 Michael L. Printz Award
Review copy: checked out from King County Library System
Why did I read it?
My accountant friend Amy walked up to me and said, “You’re a writer. You should watch this crazy . . . → Read More: Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
At Costco, aisle 47. Right between Mary Sues* and plot conflicts.
No, really. Where do writers get their ideas? This may be the number one question writers ask other writers and usually the answer is, I dunno.
I think, as Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Prepare your mind and the writing ideas will come.
Write every . . . → Read More: Where do writers get their ideas?
A few years ago, I finished reading A Single Shard. I loved it so much, I immediately headed over to the author Linda Sue Park’s website and read everything she had to say about writing.
This was when my son was still a baby and taking up an inordinate amount of my time. I wanted a quick-and-easy . . . → Read More: Read a thousand books
Welcome to Egg and Feather!
Words: 40,703 / 75,000 *
WFMAD: 1 / 31 **
Miles: 0 / 5670 ***
Book: Restoree by Anne McCaffrey ****
Status: It’s dang irritating being next door to the Senior Open golf tourney. A small (loud!) airplane keeps circling overhead dragging a Budweiser banner.
* working on the first draft of a contemporary YA novel. . . . → Read More: Welcome to Egg and Feather!