What Writing is Like

This book I have not yet written one word of is a thing of indescribable beauty, unpredictable in its patterns, piercing in its color, so wild and loyal in nature that my love for this book, and my faith in it as I track its lazy flight, is the single perfect joy in my life.  It is the greatest novel in the history of literature, and I have thought it up, and all I have to do is put it down on paper and then everyone can see this beauty that I see.Read More »

Writing Manuals

Last year I joined both the Sisters in Crime and the subset group the Guppies- the Great Unpublished.  At first I was completely overwhelmed.  There was so much information flooding into my inbox that I couldn’t keep up.  After a few weeks of just deleting every email in desperation- without reading a single line- I finally managed to get on top of the wave.  I still get behind occasionally, but for the most part I’ve learned how to sieve for the useful stuff.

During my reading of the various conversations that come up in the SinC and Gup emails, I’ve noticed at a lot of advice revolves around which writing manuals to buy.  That big picture up there is one of the most popular.

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