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Let me ask you a question – How do you edit?

One of those many….MANY steps of being a writer is the oft-times dreaded “edit”.

Were we cast our eyes with dread over our manuscript, red pen poised to highlight all the glaring errors we made.

Horror or Joy?

Some people hate editing.  Some people love it.  Which are you?

Some people write the whole manuscript before reaching for their editing pen.  Others write, edit, write, edit as they go.

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GP: I Wanna Give Good Query by Cass Alexander

Oh yes, she’s back!  My (becoming a regular) guest poster Cass Alexander, author of the Persimmon Series is back to show us just how she did her last query letter. 😀

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by Cass Alexander

I hesitate to write this post as it will truly demonstrate to readers that I do things I probably shouldn’t. My mouth runs faster than my brain. It always has. Now, my fingers type and click Send on emails faster than my brain can process the whole of what I’ve sent.

I recently wrote a query letter and I’d like to share my experience with the Universe.

My brother and I are currently writing a non-fiction humor book. We had always planned to self-publish. However, after zero research and one or two impulsive texts, we thought it would be a great idea to query a publisher. Bro is super busy, so he gave me the go ahead to do it myself. He really shouldn’t have. Wanna see it? Below is the first half. Try not to cringe as you read.

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GP: Interview with Tony Brady

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Tony Brady, auther of the Thousand Scars series.  Enjoy!

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Interview with Tony Brady

01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’m not going to say that I’ve always wanted to be a writer in particular, but I have always loved to write and it doesn’t surprise me that my writing has been getting all the attention lately. I have always wanted to make the world a better place. That is my goal, that is my purpose. That is what I shall be.

02 – What inspires your writing?

A lot of things effect my writing and there are sometimes the occasional happenings that inspire it as well. The greater accomplishments of man, both wretched and divine, push me to write when I see or hear of them. Those potent influences effect all of my art. I paint, draw, write poems and tattoo as well as write novels and short stories.

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GP: The Joys of Writing Styles by Nthato Morakabi

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Nthato Morakabi who discusses the concept of writing styles.  Enjoy! 

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by Nthato Morakabi

Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert and China Mieville all have different writing styles. Pick up either of their books and that distinction is immediate.

Now imagine you could write a story as either of these authors and your readers couldn’t tell the difference.

That would be amazing, wouldn’t it? And what’s the distinction between all of them that sets them apart? If you read the title of this guest post then you will know the answer. That’s right, it’s writing style.

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GP: “When I am a rich man (writer)” by Isla Dennes

It’s Tuesday, so that means Guest post time.  This week’s poster is the lovely Isla Dennes, Author of Sex, Spoons & Salsa.  Enjoy!

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by Isla Dennes

Fiddler on the Roof has a lot to answer to!  As a ten year old sitting in the school hall listening to my brother’s debut musical performance as Tevye, I had no illusions of grandeur, no grand plans for world domination.  Life was simple.

Now a writer, note the omission of “rich”, my ambitions have matured along with my age.  I have finally succeeded in securing my second publishing contract.  Yes, I am thrilled, delighted, my fragile ego and struggling self-esteem have finally been publicly acknowledged, that yes I am a bona-fide author and not just a wannabe scribbler!

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ReBlog: How To Handle The Slow Burn Story

Since I had no guest poster set up for this week, I thought I would share someone else’s wisdom with a reblog instead! Check out this great article from BlondeWriteMore Blog.

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This is something I have experienced lately, writing the slow burn story.

These tales are unique because they take AGES to come out of you.

They are normally written in dribs and drabs which can be very frustrating for an impatient blonde writer, like myself.

A slow burn story is a form of creative torture as your naughty muse gives you a little titbit of the story (equating to a few pages) and that’s it for a few days, weeks or even months.

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GP: My name’s not Cass, but you can call me Cass

Once again I have been harassing other writers to guest post on this blog. This week’s guester is the lovely Cass Alexander, who talks about whether to use a Pen Name. Enjoy!

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by Cass Alexander

Prior to publishing my first romance novel, my husband and I debated whether I should publish under my real name or use a pen name. Marketing, in the short term, would be easier if I used my legit name, because I know lots of people. And, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to see your name slapped on the cover of a book.

But, in the end, I didn’t have the balls to use my real name. Like all healthy, well-adjusted citizens of the world, I blame societal pressures.

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Guest post: Creating a Functional Family Within Fiction

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful P.C. Zick, who discusses revamping her contemporary romance series. Enjoy!

AuthorPhotoNewCreating a functional family within fiction

By P.C. Zick

“I’m from a dysfunctional family.”

We’ve all heard this statement so much, it’s a cliché—overused and meaningless.

However, as an author, I can turn the cliché into something meaningful. But first, I must make my fictional families as dysfunctional as possible to create the necessary conflict and tension. Once I’ve done that, I can turn them into my ideal version of functional. I don’t mean the vision of what we’d been told a “real” family looks like. Those ideas were created with the 1950s sitcoms, and probably messed us all up when we realized we didn’t have Donna Reed in an apron in the kitchen cooking dinner. Or Mrs. Cleaver greeting the Beaver and Wally with homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk when they came home from a perfect day of school. Fred McMurray wasn’t in the recliner in the den with a pipe waiting to dispense down-to-earth advice to his three sons on how to ask a girl out on a date.

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How do I find time to write?

Manage your time, organise your time, organize your time, get organisedI thought I’d write about it finding time! I have done articles on time-management before, but there’s always more to say.

Finding Time sounds so strange, as if rooting between the sofa cushions may yield a few extra scraps of time we didn’t know we had. 🙂

Someone recently asked whether they could make money from writing full time. In truth almost all writers want to write full time. Who doesn’t want to get paid doing what they love?

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