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The Anti-Query Contest

I’ve been query letter writing (in an effort to delay revisions as long as possible), and I’ve stumbled across some helpful resources: Elana Johnson did a terrific and motivating blog series; Nathan Bransford has lots of useful tips; and Query Shark isn’t afraid to tell you what agents really think. I, however, am not an
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Blogfest blood

I bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me again so soon? I try to post about once a week, but I’m back with a bit of bloodshed for Anne Riley’s Murder Scene Blogfest. Australia is a day ahead of most of the Western world, so I get to post now! Head on over to
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It’s so frustrating…

It’s so frustrating when a main character is passive, boring and dragging the whole book down with them. The novel I’m reading now never shows the resolution of a conflict. The girl runs away and her protector dispatches the villain off camera. Argh! Why is she even the main character? I’d rather be viewing events
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Be Happy Right Now

I remember when I first started reading blogs, I came across a post by Nathan Bransford that warned writers (who tend to dream about the future as much as they dream about the imaginary lives of their fictional characters) to make life their priority and not sacrifice work or family for their writing. At the
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Character

Lately, I’ve encountered some great posts on characters (All Write with Coffee, A Woman’s Write…and others that I can’t find again, sorry!). I’ve ended up typing paragraphs on the subject in people’s comments, so I decided this might be a better forum for my long windedness. A topic that comes up again and again is
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Guess what I’ve been up to…

Writing! Can you believe it? After months of having to devote extra effort to that pesky day job, I’ve finally got some free time for the fun stuff. I was so worried my muse would abandon me, but she didn’t! As soon as I sat down for a full hour on Saturday, 1200 words poured
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Compliments

Critiques are what we need, what will actually help us become better writers, but we can all use the occasional compliment too. I feel energized today because my boss told me my grant proposal was the best written and best thought out series of experiments to ever come out of his lab! I suspect he’s
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The Truth

The best lies (and fiction) have an element of truth. I think this is what they mean by bringing honesty to your writing and the whole “write what you know” thing. The characters and events may be slightly altered or entirely made up, but the emotions are real, inspired by your own life or elicited
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First words out of my mouth…and they’re lies

I have one week before my scientific grant is due at the university research office. One week. You know what I have so far? A two page outline. Can you hear my heart beating really loud right now? Moment of panic over. I’ll be fine. There’s tons of time, and the content of the outline
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Writing Prompts and Over the Top!

Michele at Southern City Mysteries has begun this diabolical new series called Writing Prompt Wednesdays. The prompt was “How tides come crashing…”. These things get into my head and I have to write something. It doesn’t matter that I don’t have time, that I should be doing a million other things, but I can’t help
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