Category Archives: Writer’s Voice

Odd Writer Terminology: Mawkish and Maudlin

This installment of Odd Writer Terminology is inspired by a recent David Farland Writing Tip about writing emotions. If you haven’t subscribed to his daily emails, I highly recommend it.  He provides insights not only into the vast writing universe, … Continue reading

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Odd Writer Terminology: Character Foils

As with any occupation, fiction writing comes with its own set of unique and sometimes bizarre terminology complete with acronyms and words stolen from other trades. Most of these terms refer to specific literary devices. Today we are going to … Continue reading

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Advanced Point of View

Back in February of this year I attended a writer’s conference and promised to share notes from a few of the sessions.  Now, five months later, I’m finally getting around to it.  One of the most useful sessions to me … Continue reading

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When Vocabulary Isn’t Your Friend

In recent weeks my children have decided that their favorite TV show is the cartoon Caillou.  This isn’t a problem, the show tries hard to teach life lessons to preschool and younger children. These lessons have included thrilling topics such … Continue reading

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Is there such thing as a New Idea in fiction?

One of the greatest challenges that writers face is coming up with new and fresh ideas for stories.  It is a struggle to search for something revolutionary to introduce to the world.  When that new idea is found it is … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “An Editor’s Advice to a Young Writer” by Carole Waterhouse

I have a rare treat for Feature Friday today –  this post is the official kick off for the official print and ebook release of The Tapestry Baby by Carole Waterhouse!  To celebrate Carole is giving away free ebooks starting … Continue reading

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ANWA 2011 Class Review – Part 1

There were six sessions of classes during the Saturday classes, each block with two or three choices to attend.  I chose the classes that would help me the most with completing my novel and being ready to enter the world … Continue reading

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Transforming Awkward Thoughts into Useable Text

The writing powers that be are laughing at my humorous attempts at editing.  If you could see the notes in my manuscript you’d understand.  On each page there are notes pointing out sections of telling not showing, clunky dialogue, adverbs, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Writing the Right Way

Today’s guest post comes from one of my new friends over at the Linked In Writer’s Cafe,  Thorunn Bjornsdottir Bacon.  Check out her blog at Raven Creative Writing where she shares samples of her writing, advice for writers, and information … Continue reading

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Using Personal Space to Your Advantage

  Two weeks ago in the post “Using Stereotypes to your Advantage” we discussed how the careful use of widely accepted stereotypes can add flavor and personality to a scene without adding the bulk of excessive description.  Today we will … Continue reading

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