There’s lots of them, of course: punctuation, word choice, active versus passive voice and all that. Here’s one I just figured out: When you’re writing the draft, write the draft. The key point? DON’T EDIT! Just write. Don’t look at … Continue reading →
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost here. [Sounds of gnashing teeth, scribbling pencils, fingernails on mouse pads and, most importantly, the repeated sharp “crack” as the slave driver limbers up his whip.] Since 1999, this annual event has helped … Continue reading →
Beware! My writing is afflicted with a horrible disease. Adverb’s Disease shows as weak little words attached to verbs. They add nothing to the story and just take up space and time. A pure waste of ink! Diagnosed by one of the … Continue reading →
Here’s the process I’ll be trying out as I edit the nearly 500 pages of double-spaced text in my first draft. First, some definitions using the grading system we all learned in school. Fiction is built with several parts: Action … Continue reading →
In fiction, viewpoint lets the reader know who is telling the story. And it also limits what they can tell the reader. A lot of books are told, not from the main character’s view, but rather from a narrator’s viewpoint. Bob, a … Continue reading →
When I started Serpent’s Smile with the “one chapter per week” goal, my writing process included a rewrite and an edit before each post. That was how I blogged – or at least how I tried to blog. For the … Continue reading →
In the Facebook search bar, try “YourCity writers workshop”, substituting nearby city/area names. You’ll want to try several and note (pen and paper) the interesting ones for followup. In my case, I found four critique groups for writers. Do the same … Continue reading →
Just beneath the picture at the top of this web page is the menu going from left to right.
The “Fiction” item therein is new and points to “Wuhan Murders (working title)”. As each installment of the story is posted in the blog, it will also be linked in that “Fiction” page. You can find all of the installments in proper (story) order there as they become available.
(NOTE: Categories, Tags, and this post were revised on August 10, 2019.)
The Martian by Andy Weir, his first novel and soon to be a movie (click for trailer), was originally published on the author’s personal website without charge. You could read it free. That’s “free as in no money.” At the request of … Continue reading →
Last night, I watched “Wise Blood” (1979 film production) as derived from the Flannery O’Conner novel of the same name. I say derived because the time of the story has been changed and, after watching the film, I suspect other changes … Continue reading →