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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
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 will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
An Exercise in Avoidance
I'm such a fan of shortcuts that I use the ampersand instead of the correct conjunction in all my correspondence. I even do that with my blogs. However, I've been told by numerous writer friends that the ampersand is a HUGE no-no in the writing world. So after I've written a draft, I have to go through it to replace all those symbols with the actual word. Yes it would be easier to just type out the word the first time, but that's three keys (maybe four, if I'm using it to start a sentence), instead of just the two it takes otherwise (SHIFT + 7). In a world of shortcuts, that extra key or two makes all the difference. ;o)
My predilection for the curlicue symbol got me thinking recently of a way to challenge myself: I've decided not to use that particular connecting word--or it's shortcut counterpart--throughout this entire blog.
Exercises like this can help your writing by making you think in unusual ways. I've heard other writers talk about going through their WIPs, looking for over-used words. I guess that's kind of what I've done here.
It's been quite challenging I must say. While in the process of writing this blog's draft, I found myself pausing each time I'd hit that symbol key. Sometimes it was to correct it by replacing it with the actual word, but others, just the act of typing it stopped me; so intent was I to avoid that word today.
It's funny how stilted the writing was at first. I was so intent on making my first draft free of the conjunction, that I kept losing track of what I wanted to say. But as all writers know, it's not about writing, it's about REVISING. So I finally allowed myself to let the symbol flow freely, only fixing it later in revisions. It wasn't easy to write the blog without using either the word or the symbol--so prevalent is it in our vocabulary--but now that it's done, I don't think anyone would know that was my intent. Well, if I hadn't stated it earlier, that is.
That's a good lesson in my other writing as well, as I've been told by numerous authors. I need to allow myself to write what comes out; to let the organic process take over. Then worry about polishing it up on the second or third drafts.
So I hope you enjoyed today's blog, including my little experiment. Tell me what kinds of odd little exercises have you tried to help your writing along?