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NaNo 2014 – Beating the Murky Middle

Saturday marks the halfway point for all you NaNo writers out there, that means you should be nearing or hopefully passing the 25,000 word mark in your new drafts.  It’s usually around now when the story starts falling apart and … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2014

The time has come for writers the world over to decide if they will take part in this year’s NaNoWriMo, National November Writing Month.  This event encompasses sheer lunacy, the over consumption of coffee and chocolate and the wearing of … Continue reading

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Debate: Linear vs. Non-Linear Writing

There are several debates when it comes to drafting a novel. The most well-known debate is usually between plotters and pantsers. Plotters being those who outline and plan each chapter in advance and pantsers being those who wing it and … Continue reading

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Grammarland – The Comma Splice

After some soul searching, erm I mean blog searching, I discovered that it’s been way too long since I’ve tackled a grammar subject here at My Literary Quest.  Today we learn about the dreaded comma splice. Earlier this year I … Continue reading

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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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Editing is like dentistry

  I had my regular dental check-up last week and with it the dreaded cleaning.  Even though I take good care of my smile, the hygenist always finds something to scrape and poke.  It hurts and I hate it.  Every … Continue reading

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Fearing the Blank Page

  Starting something new is hard.  It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be trying painting with water colors, snorkeling, or crossing a rope bridge.  There always has to be that first stroke, that first plunge, that first step. … Continue reading

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Writing Update

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted an update and lots of work has been done since then.  In the last update I had been struggling with making ends meet when I removed a redundant character and replaced him … Continue reading

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

My fellow fantasy blogging friend Christina Hawthorn asked me to join the writing process blog tour and I’d like to thank her for this terrific opportunity. Blog tours are such a treat and I love meeting new bloggers and readers.  Christina … Continue reading

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Update: Stonebearer’s Betrayal

These last few weeks I’ve buckled down and been working through a draft of my novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.  I’ve finally reached the phase where the story has taken its final shape and now it’s a matter of making all the … Continue reading

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