The Red Pen of Doom

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Why MAKE ME by Lee Child gets graded on a curve

I can’t count how many hardcover Reacher novels line the top shelf of my library. Lee Child is that good. MAKE ME is his latest novel about Reacher, and it’s … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

WIP It Good–September 1 to January 1

So I’ve written love letters to editors (The evil secret to ALL WRITING – editing is everything) and taken my red pen to the first page of many novels. Three … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Red Pen of Doom puts a stake through TWILIGHT

CHAPTER ONE – FIRST SIGHT My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue. (Fiction … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 8 Comments

Six smart steps after #NaNoWriMo

Don’t bother with sending your novel around for beta readers to chew on, editors to edit and proofers to proof. You’ve got 50,000 golden words, right? THEY MUST BE SEEN … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 11 Comments

Top 9 reasons to write in first-person plural

Why nine? Because Top 10 lists are popular, and therefore Boring. But listen closely, for the case is strong for writing in the first-person plural, which we thought at first … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

Do not look upon your #NaNoWriMo word count and despair, for there is hope

Say it’s your first time writing a novel, and you’re a smidge behind. On the 15th of November, you should’ve hit 25,000 words. Do not despair. Also: For those who’ve burned vacation … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 7 Comments

Six easy ways to improve NaNoWriMo

Writer peeps tell me they’re doing NaNoWriMo, which is Esperanto for “I’m trying to write a novel in a single month, and I’m 10k behind already, so I’ve quit my … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 14 Comments

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