Category Archives: The Craft of Writing and Editing

Let’s Write About Sex, Part II

In an earlier post, I wrote that sex scenes in novels must serve primarily to advance the plot or themes or develop the characters, but “should still be hot.” I take that back. First, a few words on definitions: erotica … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

I’ve written about naming characters before, relative to naming animals or other beings who don’t belong to any human naming convention–how I named the characters in my first book, To Give a Rose. But what about humans? What about human … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal

I’m  a writer. I like being a writer. But… The way the publishing industry works these days bothers me. Once upon a time, in order to publish a book, you needed a pile of money up front. Unless you were … Continue reading

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In Their Own Words

Should I write in first person or third person? It’s a question I see posted often in online writers’ group. Of course, the obvious answer is “it depends on the book,” or “it’s up to you.” Some readers, or some … Continue reading

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Plotting and Outlines

The other day, I and another writer were talking shop about how to write novel-length fiction, and the subject of outlines and plotting came up. I use outlines in my writing, but I realized it would take me some time … Continue reading

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How to Get Published

First, a proviso. I AM a published author, but I am not an expert on this subject. I have published one book so far, plus several of my essays, one short story, and two poems have seen the light of … Continue reading

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Writing About Time

In fiction, both written and on-screen, there are certain “uninvented inventions” whose properties transcend any one story. We know how these things work, how they operate, and when they appear in a new story we understand their import just as … Continue reading

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