Category: Writing Thoughts

Formula Doesn’t Equal Easy

Humorists, like romance writers and, to some extent, mystery writers, catch some flak because, for whatever reason, it gives the impression of being ‘easy’. Which, as anyone who has tried to write comedy knows, it isn’t. Why would people think it’s easy? It occured to me as I was reading Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer…

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It’s Not "Killing Your Children"… It’s Accepting That They’ll Work At McDonalds Forever (or become Lawyers)

I have put manuscripts, full-out novels, “under the bed.” There are multitudes of reasons why–but it mostly boils down to they just weren’t good enough. Advice often quoted is that you must “kill your children” in order to be a better writer. This advice applies to a perfect turn of phrase that doesn’t seem to…

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Jenny is a Sexist

I admit it. I just started reading Murder Most Frothy. Upon opening the book I was confronted with *gasp* a brief prologue in which the anonymous killer is shooting the hapless victim. I got through the first couple paragraphs (paragraphs about gun models, bullet calibers, etc.) and had the immediate thought: Cleo Coyle is a…

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What if Toni Morrison Sucked?

Nathan Bransford recently posted a “You Tell Me” that revolved around writerly fear. This question and the resulting comment posts freaked me out. There was just a lot of fear listed there–some stuff that I hadn’t even thought to be afraid of. And, of course, the post made me wonder. What is my greatest fear?…

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Books on Writing: Yes and No

Writing books are an interesting niche market. Writers, by their nature, are readers and reading about writing seems really close to actually writing itself–after all, we’re working on improving our craft, right? Yes and no. Yes–books on writing teach us different ways to approach this writing gig. After all, it’s easy to say “Just Write.”…

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Finished vs Completed

In Jack Canfield’s (of Chicken Soup fame) The Success Principles he discusses the difference between finishing and completing. *Yes, I read self-help books occasionally. Quiet. The argument goes something like this: finishing something is not the same as completing it. Basically, you can finish a novel and put all the words on paper and print…

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