Advice I should Take Myself

I can’t agree enough with ‘don’t read your genre.’

Alexandra Peel

Some snippets now, on how to be a better writer. There are so many people out there writing, it just makes it harder for editors/publishers to sift through the nonsense.

I grew up in a time when it was considered okay to be a winner, and that therefore there would be losers. I studied sculpture at university, but my degree means nothing; who needs artists when we have the TV and cinemas?!

Now, however, everyone can be a bloody artist! We all have the right to be creative and then force our dross onto others. I’m just hoping that my dross is better than other peoples.

So, what do the ‘real’ writers advise us?

  1. Elmore Leonard – “Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But “said” is far less intrusive…

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So I wrote a novel…

So I wrote a novel with my friend Anna Marie Hennen. It was not something I ever intended to do. This weekend the manuscript is with our final reader for editing and feedback, and I contacted someone this morning about the possibility of doing a book cover. I’ve also gone through all the motions of poking and registering at various ebook creation resources. It feels like it is really going to happen. I anticipate we will be doing another round of writing after we get the manuscript back next week. I’m rather excited about it. Anna is too.

On the another hand, we both fully expect to be laughed out of the bookstore for writing trashy genre fiction.

Stay tuned…