E is for Everything

                                      … Blogging from A to Z
                                                      
By Jeff Salter 

            April is A-Z Blogging, something I’d never even heard of until we assembled our schedule for this year.  I didn’t get all the letters I wanted, which bums me a bit … but hey, I’m willing to share the alphabet.
            Today is E and E covers just about Everything.  

            Easy — One of my pet peeves is hearing people say (or having them imply) that writing must be easy.  You know — how hard could it be to write a poem, short story, novella, or novel?  Easy.  Right.  I’ve heard some authors say something to this effect“If writing seems easy, you’re doing it wrong”.
            Exacting — is how your hook has to be worded.  You’ve got maybe 75 words to ‘hook’ that agent, editor, and publisher.  And your 200 word blurb also must be precise:  give away only enough of the story to make the sale, but not enough to spoil anything.
            Electronics — hallelujah that we’re no longer imprisoned by manual typewriters, carbon paper, and hard-wheel erasers.  Word processing makes manuscripts an entirely different process than they were for the 100 years prior to about 1980.  Does anyone now writing have any idea what it was like to re-type an entire manuscript to fix your last round of revisions?  Then type it again completely when you had to delete a character or add a scene?  Then type it two or three (or four) more times to get a copy clean enough to mail to anybody?
            Eloquent — how I want my writing to appear when I’m getting all literary.  It’s how I want ME to seem when / if anybody interviews me.  Ha.
            Emotion — is what you want to Evoke in your readers.  If your scene is scary, you want them afraid.  If it’s funny, you want them to laugh.  If it’s sad, you want their tears.
            Extravagant — is how you want the praise from reviewers.  “This is the best novel of the 21st Century … indeed, of ANY century.”  LOL
            Elusive — are the agents (when you’re seeking representation) … and the contracts (when you’re trying to get published).
            Editing — this word is close to home because I’m presently in the middle of the editing stage for my book which will be released this month (Astraea Press).  Of course, I’ve edited before – a lot, in fact – professionally in journalism and less formally in most of my library career.  But editing your own stuff is very difficult, which leads me to the next word:
            Errors — when Editing, you keep finding errors … as though somebody sneaked in last night and sprinkled the wrong words, extra punctuation marks, additional spaces, and whatevers.  Once you fix all those, somebody else sneaks in when you’re not looking and adds NEW mistakes.  Errors are like fire ants, no matter how many you smush, there are a dozen more ready to take its place.  And they sting!
            E-mail — without this breakthrough, we’d be back to the pre-addressed acknowledgement post card which takes nine days to come back … and the S.A.S.E. for their form rejection letter.  Ha.


            Elation — when you receive ‘the call’ (which might be a text or an e-mail) from an agent or publisher or editor.  They want your stuff.  What you’ve written has some external value.  Wow.
            Empty — that feeling a writer has when nothing is coming out right … or, indeed, nothing is coming out at all.  Like the creative tank is empty … or so close to empty that you’re writing on fumes.  If you can even assemble two words together.

 Question:  What other ‘E’ words can you think of?

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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36 Responses to E is for Everything

  1. Fresh from my desk... says:

    Hello fellow A to Z challenger – great post for E today! Can relate to everything you said. Happy Blogging!
    Warmly,
    Laura

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Laura. Glad you could visit today.
      When our Friday Fox, Lynn Rush, first mentioned this … was my first awareness.
      I wonder how many blogs are participating?

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      • Fresh from my desk... says:

        I’m not sure how many in total. My number has changed on the list since Monday so perhaps some have dropped out? If you go to the A to Z site you can link to all of the participants. =)

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      • jeff7salter says:

        I’ll look for that site when I get back home, Laura. Thanks.
        Right now I have to take my mom to her water exercise at the ‘Y’.

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  2. Eric says:

    Ending, endure, endeavor, endearing… all of them related to writing (in my case that is), 🙂

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  3. MKV says:

    Your blog on the letter E is a great work of Erudition.

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  4. jbrayweber says:

    Excited. Energized. Entangled. Enraging. Elicit. Estranged. Evanescent. Extrinsic. Encouraged. Excited, once more. A Expanse of Emotions for me as a writer.

    Jenn!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      EXACTLY!
      Wow, Jenn. You added some great E words. Wish I could’ve thought of yours when I was preparing this.
      Thanks!

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  5. I get ESPECIALLY ECSTATIC when I ELICIT an ENTHUSIASTIC response from my ESTEEMED readers.

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  6. EEeekkk! LOL Sorry all out of words today. But what a fun blog idea. 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Melissa. Glad to see you here again.
      I’m completely out of E words also … but with a little help from my friends, it looks like we’ve got a winning list in progress.

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  7. Sug Grant says:

    I am earnestly cheating by checking E words in the closest dictionary which happens to be a Crossword Puzzle Dictionary. It would take an earthmover or an earthquake for me to have the enthusiasm to sit down to write a novel or short story. I am married to an editor, but he is the one with the strong grammar education. As I have said before, I am a reader not a writer. So I embrace you writing with elation!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      ROFL, Sug.
      What an EXCELLENT paragraph!
      Sometimes it takes an earthmover or an earthquake to get me moving also. Ha.

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  8. Tonette says:

    Exhaustive…your choices and the list of those sent…plus writing and research. You did your homework on this one,Jeff!
    If it were not for my computer and word processing,I would never get past a few scribbled pages.I typed Joe’s huge thesis on an electronic typewriter and even then, had a time of it.The finished product was sent off to a volunteer computer secretary who had no idea what she had bitten off.I have nothing but awe for the manual typewriter generation. Before that, the pen and quill people had it easier…the editors were not so exacting.Besides, my elementary school was run by women who I believe were rejected by the Gestapo for excessive cruelty . We had to do perfect writing without using erasers in first grade.We laid bare many forrests, I am sure, with wasted paper. I am certain they were also up to the task.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I remember being in awe of the IBM Selectric typewriters — with interchangable ‘balls’ of type. Imagine having a CHOICE of type.
      Before that, the only choices were Elite (12 characters per inch) or Pica (10 characters per inch).
      Poetically speaking, I did some of my best work in the old (pre-automation) age.

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  9. Anne Kemp says:

    Love it when people say, “Writing is EASY.” It sometimes makes my stomach turn! LOL

    Great post – thank you Jeff!! 🙂

    Anne

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  10. To be a successful writer = sitting your butt down to write EVEN when you don’t feel like it!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Absolutely right, Tiffany.
      I’ve seen an acronym for this:
      Butt in the Chair & Fingers on the Keyboard. — “BICFOK”
      Well, that’s not it exactly. Don’t recall how it goes.

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  11. Evocative! If your writing does not evoke a response, then “Forget about it!”

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Absolutely, Stacey.
      And yet, I majored in Eng. (i.e., literature) — & had to suffer many examples of so-called “classics” which were dry & brittle and evoked nothing more than misery and boredom.

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  12. crbwrites says:

    I’m surprised! I thought you’d just go for the E-words–you know, email, epublishing, ezine, ecommerce. Etc.!

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  13. I’m pretty sure you thought of EVERYTHING, lol. And I have had *nightmares* at the thought of having to do my editing in a medium other than electronic. E-edits are my FRIEND. ;c)

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Oh, yeah, Sarah. In a couple of my ms. I’ve needed to change names of characters. Imagine the MANUAL method of locating all those instances, marking them, and then re-typing the entire ms.
      With find/replace … you can be done in 5 mins.

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  14. Iris Blobel says:

    Endlich ! (German for finally) I’m here Eastern Standard Time something like 9pm. Got an Earful of E-words from you, which can be eerie in a way.
    Have a wonderful Easter. We’ll be out in the bush, hopefully will find heaps of Easter Eggs before the Echidnas will eat them. Enough E’s …. I’m going nutty! 🙂

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  15. Tonya Kappes says:

    I think I’m going to have to go with Eric on the ENDING! That is probably the most Exciting word that I could use when the ideas are Expired on the page and all my day has Elasped from pure Exhaustion….sigh….

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  16. EGAD!!! That’s a ton of eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!

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