Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Writer’s Weekly Question #2

From Jess:Writer’s Weekly Question #2: Why do you write? Is it because you want attention, or is there some other reason you are driven to do this? What draws you to this craft?I think all writers write because they want attention at some level. Some crave it far more than...
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Some Restrictions Apply

I must be missing something here. Two years ago, my wireless carrier, Verizon, informed me that I would be eligible for a "free" phone when it was time to renew my service. The "free" part only applies to phones less than $100 in cost. Phones more expensive than $100 would...
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A Great Quote

In response to the post over at Absolute Write that I mentioned in yesterday's entry here comes this pearl of wisdom from James D. MacDonald:When a reader tells you that there's something wrong with your book, they're usually right. When they tell you how to fix it, they're usually wrong.Nice....
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Dumbing Down the Classics?

If Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, at more than 1400 pages, is a bit too daunting a task for your reading list, there is good news. The Guardian reports that publishers are creating new "reader-friendly" versions of the great classics as well as recent high-brow hits.War and Peace is the...
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Chapter Length

Over at Absolute Write, a popular subject has re-appeared: the discussion on the appropriate length of chapters. One writer asked how many pages is "too many" for a chapter. This writer said that someone who was reading her manuscript was discouraged because the chapters were all about twenty pages long....
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Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise…

Cindy Sheehan now says she's glad President Bush refused to meet with her as she camped outside his Crawford, Texas ranch. "If he'd met with me, then I would have gone home, and it would have ended there," she told the Associated Press on Tuesday. She also stated, "I look...
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Cleaning Up the POD Mess

Do we need laws to define what publishing versus self publishing really mean? Jim Winter over at "Northcoast Exile" says we do, all because of Print On Demand (POD) technology and the havoc it is wreaking in the industry.While POD was supposed to revolutionize publishing by allowing for more smaller...
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How Can We Help, Mr. Bomber?

Think you hate getting all of those credit card offers in the mail? Your frustration probably doesn't hold a candle to that of Sami Habbas, a grocery store manager from Corona, California. Habbas received a credit card offer from JP Morgan Chase. The problem? It was addressed to "Palestinian Bomber."...
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Did He or Didn’t He? Oh, Wait…He Did!

Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson acknowledged late today what the rest of us already knew: that he did, in fact, call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday's broadcast of "The 700 Club." At first, on today's broadcast, according to CBS News, he denied having made that statement...
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Letters to Parade

Author Tod Goldberg has a regular feature in his blog: he criticizes the generally-stupid and inane questions received by Walter Scott's Personality Parade. The column runs weekly in the Parade magazine insert in most Sunday newspapers. Most of the questions, which are supposed to be sent online, can be answered...
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Finding Your Way

After I posted a quote from Truman Capote about learning what the rules of writing, Shelly weighed in on her experience if being weighed down by the myriad rules other writers insisted were there:I lost 10 years of trying to write for a pro market. While I wrote fanfic and...
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New Dictionary: More Insults than Praise

There are 350 new ways to insult and only 40 new ways to compliment in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English. Such is the way of the world, I suppose.To describe attractive women, according to this new version, you might refer to them as "eye candy," while...
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