When is a writer like a gymnast?

(Originally posted on writealready2017) When they stick the landing. OK...I know...worst punch line ever. But, hey--I never claimed to be a comedienne. And besides--it's true. But more on that momentarily. No matter what your preference as a writer--novel, memoir, essay, poetry--we are all trying to craft the best piece possible. Much like other endeavors (dance, … Continue reading When is a writer like a gymnast?

#amwriting: the role of the #proofreader — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I am nearly at the end of the editing process on my new novel, Billy Ninefingers, a tale set in Huw the Bard’s world. When I am finished with the revisions, I will format my manuscript to be uploaded as both eBook and paper books. At that point, I will be looking for proof readers. […] … Continue reading #amwriting: the role of the #proofreader — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Getting Feedback Can Hurt—Here’s How to Ask for It

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zz-roger_0991By L. Roger Owens

Asking for feedback on your writing is a delicate dance, the steps tricky to learn, as I was reminded when my eight year-old read me her story the other day.

She ran to me with the unlined pages clutched in her hand. I could see how her impossibly small scrawl sloped down the right side of the page; she had to tilt her head slowly, yoga-like, as she read. The story was a barely veiled display of her deep wish to join the family of a wealthy friend. A protagonist (with my daughter’s name) and seven siblings (one of whom is named after her best friend, their parents named for the friend’s parents), have magical powers, but the use of these powers is stymied when one of the siblings falls from a tree and shatters his arm.

She finished with a smile, and as she held…

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Strap it on!

(Originally posted on writealready2017) Now before you read on, let me clarify: despite the title indicating such, this blog entry is NOT about some sort of wearable intimate device. Today I'm feeling a bit introspective and sluggish--and decided to delve into it with you. You'll have to look elsewhere if you were hoping for a … Continue reading Strap it on!

Where’s a stick of chalk when you really need one?

(Originally posted on writealready2017) For those of you not familiar with me or my hangups, I'm a grammar freak. Not in the sense that I can expertly and effortlessly diagram any sentence, or succinctly explain why a sentence is wrong...but simply because I know when something is wrong, and how to fix it. One of … Continue reading Where’s a stick of chalk when you really need one?

It Broadens the (Writer’s) Mind

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Let me tell you about my book, Señor…

The sticky joys of packing the kids into car seats. The triumph of cramming your daily life into a carry-on, victory dance cut short by a full bottle of contact lens solution. The stoicism of sleeping on the lumpy foldout sofa.

There’s nothing so delightful as travel at the holidays.

Fortunately for writers, it turns out travel broadens the mind regardless of destination. It’s not where you go, or even for how long–the process of moving to and within a new location is stimulating, even if it’s Aunt Hildy’s instead of Buenos Aires. As Jonah Lehrer writes in the Guardian,

…problems that feel “close” – and the closeness can be physical, temporal or even emotional – get contemplated in a more concrete manner. As a result, when we think about things that are nearby, our thoughts are constricted, bound by a…

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I love a post with helpful links and concrete examples…this is a good one:

By Freddie Tubbs Grammar and punctuation can be tricky subjects to master, even for the most experienced writers and editors. But they can make a huge difference in the impact your writing has and the authority you demand. If you’re highly knowledgeable about a topic, but the grammar is not spot-on, your credibility on the […] … Continue reading I love a post with helpful links and concrete examples…this is a good one:

Can’t help myself…

"The only thing I brought back from my 10-day trip out west was this," a good friend informed me as she handed me the glossy orange flyer from a certain unnamed Jeep tour company in Utah. "It's for you. Enjoy!" She knows me well. My fingers itched to grab a pen as my face twitched … Continue reading Can’t help myself…