There wasn’t much to review this week. The manuscript is making slow and steady progress and thanks to some fantastic critique (Rik and Nancy, you guys are great!) I’m getting a good feel on what I can do to take my writing to the next level.
For those of you who keep track of these things, yes the post is late today. I have a fantastic reason.
While driving to a birthday dinner for my sister in law last night, we had a bit of an accident. Traffic was heavy and there was a long three lane column waiting for the light. We were driving in the turn lane preparing to turn left when this red car jumped out in front of us. The cars waiting at the light had let her through and she neglected to look for our oncoming car. The only thing I remember is seeing the red car, thinking “oh &^#@”, hearing the squeal of the brakes, and then a horrendous bang. In the millisecond before impact I crossed my arms in front of my face and braced for the hit, an instinctive reflex back from my karate days. The car was filled with smoke and the kids were screaming. No one was hurt more than bruises, the muscles in my neck and shoulder got the brunt of it from the seatbelt.
I think it ironic that this was the week I posted a seatbelt commercial to demonstrate the importance of using emotion in writing. If you missed it the post is entitled “Emotional Impact” and there is a link below. We religiously wear seatbelts, and yesterday it paid off.
Blogs from this week:
Quickly Quotable #3: C.S. Lewis on originality
Site Renovation: Did some remodeling around the site with a new theme
Emotional Impact: An exploration on how to use emotion in writing
Get Your Dangling Participle Out of my Face! – The weekly language usage lesson
Asking the “Write” Questions: How to use questions to add depth to your writing
Friday Fun: Lost in Translation – Some real English signs found in Western Europe.
I added a site to the resources section of the blogroll. for anyone who is curious about how to create a query letter you must visit The Public Query Slushpile. This marvelous free site will post your query letter and then anyone can come and give feedback and critique.
Also, for those looking for fiction markets to submit their work, go check out Duotrope’s Digest. They are also completely free (but accept donations) and keep tabs on hundreds of different markets both paid and free. As a registered user they will keep track of all your submissions.
Until Monday, happy writing!