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Some people can write queries. We can’t

I read sites like Evil Editor, the now defunct Miss Snark, and various others who take reader’s queries and analyse them on line. I’m at the stage where I can see a query that grabs me, but I still can’t write one. It’s really illuminating to read the comments associated with the sample queries on…

Progress report

We jumped a big chunk of text with a “fill in here” note. It feels good, and it’s allowing us to get back into the story. It’s funny how you can become so focussed on getting a particular scene done that it stops you cold. It will be interesting, when we are done, to see…

Literary fiction is just another genre

At a function the other night started talking with someone about books and reading. “I read a lot,” he said. I am always interested in readers, and what they read. “Oh, what type of books do you read?” I asked. “I only read literary fiction,” he said. “I don’t read genre at all.” It was…

A good beginning is only the start

Like most writers, we are too close to our own work to really critique it well. The writing we do usually sounds trite unless we let it sit for six months. When we come back then we usually think, “Okay, this writing isn’t as bad as I thought it was,” or, “This is terrible. How…

Progress report

Latest excerpt posted. Cannot believe the book is moving so slowly. Life and work deadlines keep getting in the way. Like many would-be writers, I so want to live that dream of being able to work full-time on your novel. However, there are mortgages to meet, bills to pay. I have set a new goal.…