Category Archives: editing

Went With the Wind

“Went With the Wind” was the title of the hilarious Carol Burnett lampoon of the famous Civil War saga, but Margaret Mitchell or her editors would probably would have named the book that today. Why? Because “gone” seems to be … Continue reading

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Couldn’t She Make Up Her Mind?

Couldn’t She Make Up Her Mind? Once again, I listened to an audiobook to get my intellectual needs met while I worked around the house. It may be tenacity that I stayed with it even when I started getting disappointed … Continue reading

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KISS Your Bios

Months ago I offered this question:Do you enjoy reading about other writers, their bios and writing processes? Once again, my fellow bloggers here added a fresh element that I did not foresee, in as much as most addressed ‘biographies’ in … Continue reading

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Sapped

This week:How has the ongoing pandemic affected your creativity? My writing creativity has been a casualty of the pandemic. As many people, I really thought that having to stay home would make writing easier, but no. I have been bogged-down … Continue reading

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Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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Funny Bunny

 The Hound asked: Have you ever really had FUN writing a scene (or scenes)? I always have fun writing. That isn’t to say that all of my scenes are funny, often quite the contrary. My writings deal with some serious … Continue reading

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Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village of Writers

… to create a book. This week, I asked my fellow bloggers, “How many people read your books before you submit them? What kind of feedback do you ask for?” Normally, I ask at least two other people to “beta … Continue reading

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Panning Pan

“If you were asked to rewrite/modernize a classic novel, which one would you want to adapt?” There’s a very good question. I have tried hard to read or listen to classics.  I read a great deal all of my life … Continue reading

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Classic, Classic

Who Wants to Rewrite a Classic? By Jeff Salter Topic: If asked to rewrite/modernize a classic novel, which one would I want to adapt? This week’s topic was a real struggle for me. While I have, indeed, read and studied … Continue reading

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