On this topic I have but two things to say: 1) Track changes in MS Word is the greatest invention. Ever. 2) If you take your frustration out on annotations, you will not be able to read them later. That is all.Read more "M is for: Markup"
The character who’s driving me crazy this week. Len (short for Demagalen) is a major player in Redfeather and Envoy, though her influence in the trilogy is subtle and becomes more important in the second and third books. She’s patient and steady until she thinks the time is right for any given action, at which point […]Read more "L is for: Len"
Without thinking of it for more than five seconds, pick on of your characters, and name one food that they don’t like. 1, 2, 3 go!Read more "J is for: Jalapeno"
Let’s say you’re writing a crime novel. Let’s say you’re writing a spy novel. Or, even better, let’s say you’re writing a fantasy novel along the lines of the The Song of Ice and Fire books. How much understanding do you need to have of something like politics? For the spy novel, you’re probably imagining yourself entrenched […]Read more "I is for: Information"
If I’ve learned anything about writing, it’s that inspiration doesn’t keep a schedule. The fact that the rest of my life does makes that somewhat of a problem. I’ve tried making schedules, lists, you name it, and at the end of every day I’m still winging it trying to fit it all in, with a […]Read more "H is for: Homework, Day Jobs, and Scheduling"
Grey is the leading lady in Envoy. When we meet her, she’s twenty six, and working far below her pay grade at her local governor’s office. Though well known for her sense of adventure and a willingness to accept challenges that had made her both the top of her class and the reigning strip poker champion in […]Read more "G is for: Grey McPherson"
I’ve actually seen some disagreement on what standard manuscript formatting looks like. So, I’m compiling a list of some of the guides I’ve found and making note of their suggestions. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/format.html this one is very basic, but says not to use italics, which this page disagrees with: http://www.kleineedit.com/standard-manuscript-format.htm http://www.dailywritingtips.com/16-manuscript-format-guidelines/ mentions psuedonyms, but disagrees how a blank […]Read more "F is for: Formatting"