If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw


Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.


Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/


Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)


Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:


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.


Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

HOW TO WRITE GOOD






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?

9 comments:

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
f
f
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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?