Archive for July, 2010

Watch those “ly” words!

July 28, 2010

Recent encounters with new writers and new writing have prompted me to  discuss the use of  words ending in the dreaded “ly”.  Suddenly, quickly, quietly are among the worst offenders.  Use a stronger verb and forget about the use of “ly”.


E-books Yes or No?

July 20, 2010

Is the new trend toward e-books a good thing or a nightmare?  Right now I have mixed feelings.  Since the price of a hard copy has soared to near the $30 mark and we seem to be short of cash.  The e-book seems like a God-send.  But what about the competition?  Are we just going to see that lousy writing has a new home? Are e-books the wave of  the future or just a new garbage bin? I’m interested in some feedback folks.  I’m teetering on the brink of jumping into this new venue.

No time to write?

July 10, 2010

We all think that summer is for having fun.  Forget about the novel or short story, we say.  Try to keep on your writing schedule by writing for one hour in the evening. 

Ten pages per week goes along way toward finishing that 350 page novel.