It’s A Writer’s Job To Be Rejected

If you write much and submit often, you probably have a drawer full or a room full of rejection notices. Today’s post is to encourage you a little by pulling together a few famous rejection notices… not that the rejection notices are famous, but that people who were rejected. Here they are: Ernest Hemingway –Continue reading “It’s A Writer’s Job To Be Rejected”

Real Locations in Fictional Stories

My current WIP is set in Noble, Oklahoma, and since I am very familiar with this small town I am able to easily write about the sights and sounds of the town without much trouble or much research.  Research for me basically falls to interviewing local police about procedures in various situations that might ariseContinue reading “Real Locations in Fictional Stories”

The Next Big Thing: What I’m Doing Next

Olivia Boler over at Oliviaboler.com invited me to be a part of a blog chain that introduces the premise of my latest work while promoting her blog and five other blogs of writers like myself.  I have posted the blogs of these writers after my little Q&A session, and hope that you will go overContinue reading “The Next Big Thing: What I’m Doing Next”

6 Thoughts on Sending Query Letters

Today I wrote up a query letter as a proposal for This Broken Earth, and sent it to about 40 different literary agents to test the waters about the book and hopefully get one of those fish to bite.  I neglected to realize that most of them would be out for the holidays, and soContinue reading “6 Thoughts on Sending Query Letters”

Who Is Talking?: Narrative Voice and the Writer

Plato and Aristotle identified three basic kinds of narrator: 1.  The speaker or poet who uses their own voice. 2.  The speaker or poet who assumes the voice of another person or persons, speaking in a voice not their own. 3.  The speaker or poet who uses a mixture of their own voice and thatContinue reading “Who Is Talking?: Narrative Voice and the Writer”

5 Authors With Style Worth Studying

Style is defined as the characteristic manner of expression in prose or verse or how a particular writer phrases things.  If we are to become better writers, we must develop our own sense of style.  According to the Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory, “the analysis of style involves examination of a writer’s choice of words,Continue reading “5 Authors With Style Worth Studying”

Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer

One writer to another, if you want to be a better writer, you must read good books.  I suppose you could read only books in your genre (which is recommended) but reading good authors to see what they do with the craft is quite mind-blowing and educational and will help in the long run toContinue reading “Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer”