Today’s Music

 

Today’s song is “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” on the Live from River Platte album.

 

 

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Looks Like I Picked a Bad Day to Quit Sniffing Glue

 

This was one of the funniest moments of the movie “Airplane!” by the Zucker brothers. It also describes how I feel sometimes after reading various forums.

Today’s post of the day is how to avoid using words like “he knew” in a sentence again and again. Well, it’s rather easy to fix that! It’s called move from telling into a showing mode. There’s various ways to get that point across without resorting to telling.

I would say that it’s easy to do this, but for people first starting out, it’s probably very difficult, so I want to avoid the arrogant type comments that hurt people’s feelings. But, to make a long story short, look at how to ‘show’ what they’re thinking and don’t ‘tell’ it. That should help.

As usual, have a good day.

 

Playing on my Itunes: Mozart Symphonies.

Helpful Site for Aspiring Writers

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This is Kristen Nelson’s blog. If you’re not familiar with her, she’s the lead agent at Nelson Literary Agency, one of the bigger firms in the business. Inside her blog she covers everything from query letters to royalties and rights. This is a perfect one stop shop for aspiring writers.

http://nelsonagency.com/pub-rants/

Rewrites?

 

One thing I’ve seen debated on the forums lately is whether or not writers need to rewrite their drafts.

Personally, unless you’re a perfect writer, I think you do. The rough draft-especially for me-is just my fingers vomiting onto the screen. This is where I get the actual idea onto paper and the chapters, etc written. Then I let it sit for a bit, then come back and give it a rewrite to tighten it (if necessary) before going into hard copy edits.

There’s nothing evil about rewriting something. Sometimes you need to in order for the finished product to be worth a damn. Don’t be scared to do that and don’t let the artistes in forums try to tell you it’s evil. Do what you have to do to make sure your novel is at a publishable quality.

And, once again, have fun!