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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Thursday, March 14, 2013


Last month my sister and her husband spent a long weekend in Oregon. Of course, Powell’s in Portland was one of their must go to stops as it always is. It’s a fantastic bookstore. One day they also went to another town where they discovered a store for writers, and they found the perfect poster for a writer. They bought it and sent it to me which puzzled me at first until I started to read it.  I think the following advice might come in handy for all of you who have faced depressing rejections of your written work. The title was “How to Write Good.”

1.          Avoid alliteration always
2.          Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3.          The passive voice is to be avoided.
4.          Avoid clichés like the plague. They’re old hat.
5.           It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
6.           Writers should never generalize.
Seven  Be consistent
       8.        Don’t use more words than necessary. It’s highly superfluous.
       9.        Be more or less specific.
       10.      Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.     

What writing advice would you add to this list?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

11. Never, ever, use absolutes.

12. Relay on spellcheck four all you’re editing kneads.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

13. Show actions and emotions completely, extenuatingly and continually by carefully and thoughtfully avoiding the use of adverbs while trying not to split infinitives seriously and conscientiously.

Gloria Alden said...

I love it, Jim and E.B. You've both given me my first laugh of the day. That means the day is off to a good start. I thought it started with a crisp early morning walk in the woods, but your comments were the dessert.

Warren Bull said...

Don't have an ending that just trails o

E. B. Davis said...

I like that, Warren. Good use of the space key!

Gloria Alden said...

Good, Warren. I like that, too.

Lane Stone said...

Gloria, what tense would you recommend to be wrote in today?
Lane Stone

E. B. Davis said...

I just finished reading Current Affairs, Lane. Hope to see you at a Chessie meeting sometime.

Gloria Alden said...

Lane, whatever you want. I personally prefer reading and writing in past tense.

I enjoyed your book, CURRENT AFFAIRS, Lane. I meant to email you, but life got in the way, as usual. Will Leigh, Tara and Victoria be returning soon?