Monthly Archives: September 2013

On Describing Characters and Avoiding Weaknesses

I’ve always hated describing how characters look. In daily life, I’m the type of person who walks right by a good friend, and I’m often unable to recognize people outside of the contexts where I know them. When introducing a … Continue reading

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Writing in the Margins of Books

I have a confession to make: I love writing all over books. Something about inking up a favourite story helps me appreciate it in greater depth. An unmarked book is interchangeable with its mass-produced siblings, but a marked book is … Continue reading

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Six Different Blurbs About the Same Story

This is a followup post to my previous entry about blurb-writing. Last time, I isolated a few categories so that I could write in several different styles and emphasize different parts of the same story. I also noticed that most … Continue reading

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Blurbing by Example

Forgive me. This is the place my brain goes when I need to accomplish a task I’ve never done before. In this case, I need to write in that style of advertisingese reserved for the backs of books: a blurb. … Continue reading

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Making a Habit of Writing

Muses are unreliable. I love flashes of inspiration, those moments when I jolt awake at three AM with the realization that I have a scene in mind that demands to be written. But if I base my work ethic around … Continue reading

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Editing The Hummingbird Familiar

For the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of editing. This wasn’t the first novel I’ve written. There were three others that came before, mostly born from my love of National Novel Writing Month. The difference between this … Continue reading

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