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Inure – Monday’s $10 Word!

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment


transitive verb
: to accustom to accept something undesirable <children inured to violence>
intransitive verb
: to become of advantage <policies that inure to the benefit of employees>

Bourn – The $10 Word For Today

July 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Three Most Common Reasons For Manuscript Rejection

July 26, 2012 Leave a comment

So, I have been picking the brains of friends of mine who are authors or are/were in the publication field (literary agents, editors, etc). I have been doing this because I see a lot of people compiling lists about why manuscripts get rejected. I read these lists because I want to give myself the best shot I can at getting published.

But what I seem to be finding is that a lot of those lists are really bunk, or at least these lists are subjective and often contradict one another. Don’t start your story too fast. Don’t start your story too slow. Too much description. Not enough description. Too many characters. Too few characters. Too much dialogue. Not enough dialogue.

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Today’s $10 Word – Atramental

July 26, 2012 Leave a comment


Of or pertaining to ink; inky; black, like ink

Categories: General Things, Good Stuff

Funniest Yo Mama Jokes

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Yo mama’s so fat, she has smaller fat women orbiting around her.
  • Yo mama’s so fat, it takes two semi trucks for her to haul ass.
  • Yo mama’s so fat, her ass got home an hour after the rest of her did.
  • Yo mama’s so fat, I got lost running around her.
  • Yo mama’s so fat, when she wears red everyone yells, “HEY KOOL-AID!”
  • Yo mama’s so fat, that her alphabet only has three letters – KFC!
  • Yo mama’s so fat, her blood type is Ragu. Read more…

Cachinnate – Today’s $10 Word

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Cachinnate (intransitive verb):

: to laugh loudly or immoderately

My Rules For Writing Fiction

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

I am famous for saying there are no real “rules” for writing stories. I realize that this irks the living Hell out of people who are trying to make a career (or a nuisance) out of promoting books detailing so-called “rules” for fiction writers, but I don’t plan on backing down. But I do have to admit that I do have some rules that I abide by. But I think you will see that there is a huge difference between my “rules” and those hard and fast declarations so many others want to spout on and on about.

So, let’s begin:

1. Write the story you want to write!

The story still has to be compelling and well-written (both subjective measures) to be successful. But if you don’t write the story you are passionate about, it will come through in the writing. Don’t try to write something just because the last blockbusting best seller was on topic X.

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Are You One Of THOSE Authors?

July 16, 2012 1 comment

Face it. There are certain authors that are THOSE kind of authors. The question is, are you one of THOSE kinds of authors.

In case you are wonder what I mean when I say THOSE kind of authors are, I’ll explain. THOSE kind of authors are authors who fawn over every kind bit of praise they get. They blog, tweet, and facebook every glowing “5 Star Review”. But THOSE kind of authors also do something else. They feel the need to attack anyone who doesn’t like their work, even if it is a legitimate opinion. Just like they blog, tweet, and facebook with pride about how much people loved what they wrote, THOSE kinds of authors also blog, tweet, and facebook attacks on people who don’t like their work and dare to not give it glowing praise.

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Are You Really An “Award Winning Author”?

July 13, 2012 2 comments

The other day I was introduced to an “Award Winning” author. Really? I though, how interesting. But I knew, as the friend who introduced us immediately turned a face when this “Award Winning” author introduced herself as such, that something was not right.

It took a while, but I was eventually able to broach the subject in the course of conversation. “So,” I asked, “what award did you win?”

The author beamed. “I took second place in my writers group awards for poetry last year,” she informed me.

“Oh?” I said, “That sounds wonderful. So happy for you. You must be thrilled with the recognition.”

“I am,” she grinned, “the other girl I was up against -” Read more…

The Value Of Multiple Opinions

July 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Lots of writers make a very deadly decision in that they do not get multiple opinions on their work. Instead, they write something and have one trusted source review their work. If they even do that at all. Many authors never seek opinions on what they have written.

The “trusted” source many authors turn to is usually a spouse, girl/boy friend, close friends or some other such person they feel comfortable with. Usually, the result of such forays is a comment like, “It’s great! Don’t change anything!”

If you are one of the lucky ones that actually do get good quality feedback from your single, trusted confidant, you are still short changing yourself. Even if you get comments that point out problems with your prose, plot, character development, etc., getting other opinions doesn’t hurt. Read more…