OCT
30

Feedback That Feeds Writing

I earn my living by giving writers feedback. I intend to improve the writing, so authors who work with me sometimes get a new perspective on the meaning of good feedback. What's the common expectation? Positive feedback is just flattery, and constructive feedback is just a euphemism for cruelty. But good feedback is neither flattering nor cruel. Helpful feedback addresses two main ingredients in the writing recipe: quantity & quality. You need both if you're going to produce any writing p......
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OCT
28

Grammar Nerd Stickers



I plan to arm myself with these clever stickers! Only $3!

Thanks to my pal and fellow editor, Richard Isaac for this link.

Easter 2009, San Francisco...
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OCT
26

Coffee Bar, San Francisco

Coffee Bar is a solid cafe. I can hang out here and write all day long. Friendly, no-nonsense, and attractive baristas run a tight ship in this modern space with great light and air, roomy tables, good-quality yet unobtrusive dishware, and comfortable and varied seating, including a roomy front porch with potted plants and tables. The one-room toilet is clean and pleasantly decorated. Patrons share communal tables, and most are working on laptops or meeting with someone. The atmosphere is ......
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OCT
22

I'm Writing Another Novel This November!

nano_09_blk_participant_120x240.pngYou might think I'm crazy, but last November's novel writing experience rocked my world. I accomplished more in that month than I've ever accomplished in that amount of time--and not just the required 50,000 words! But that is another story. So here's the plan: Beginning Sunday, November 1, I will write 9.5 double-spaced, 12-point pages of novel per day. That's 2,380 words a day. At that rate, I can write 50,000 words in 21 days. That gives me space to be a less-than-productive writer while I......
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OCT
21

Getting Laid

Pride 2009, San FranciscoAlways getting confused in the middle of asking somebody to lie down with you? Lay and lie are confusing, in part, because lay is the past tense of lie.  Remembering the distinct definitions for the two and understanding the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs can help a lot. Lie means to recline or rest.  It is an intransitive verb.  That is, it does not need a direct object. My sexual tastes lie somewhere between kinky and vanilla. Please, darling, lie down so I ca......
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