Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
Chapter Eight was not going well. First, the writer tried to do it from one POV. Then another. She tried putting in a scene about moving, then one about children, then yet another about something she can’t remember right now because it was a… Continue Reading “Sounding Off On the Outline Thing”
The kids are settled into their new rooms. The living room has been cleared of the debris of ‘stuff’. And my writing area is free of stacks of papers and books–meaning I can now reach my keyboard without a towering stack of critiques-to-do and… Continue Reading “It’s A Lot Easier To Write When You Can Find Your Keyboard”
One look at Joyce Carol Oates’s bibliography and you’ll notice one thing:She’ll write about anything. Some examples:Blonde: A novel about Marilyn MonroeMy Sister, My Love: A novel inspired by JonBenet RamsayZombie: A psychological novel from the POV of a serial killerThe Female of the… Continue Reading “Mentor of the Month: Joyce Carol Oates: Write Whatcha Want”
Nothing’ll bring you down out of your writerly laurels than a rejection. I have received my first for the New Year. Welcome to 2010! In all fairness, it was a very kind rejection–which I get a lot of, and that makes me happy. You… Continue Reading “Snap Back to Reality”
My ultimate grand prize for the Nathan Bransford contest was one of the following:1. A query critiqe2. A partial critique3. A 10-minute phone conversation/dish session They’re all tempting prospects. But! My query is getting results at the moment, so I’m not feeling inclined to… Continue Reading “Picking Prizes”
I have to stop jumping up and down long enough to say that I won Nathan Bransford’s Teen Diary Extravaganza Diary Entry Contest! I’m so thrilled! And there were soooo many good entries too. Back to jumping up and down.
In the spirit of Learning Stuff From Other People (part of my New Year’s Resolution) I point you toward Joyce Carol Oates–someone I’m sure you know. Recently I finished reading Zombie, a short novel by Oates, that covers the mind of Quentin P___–a serial… Continue Reading “Mentor of the Month: Joyce Carol Oates: Punctuation As Art Form”