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writing is such a chaotic sport

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Justine Musk (who always has amazingly clever things to say on the topic of wordsmithery) talks about outlining, and why outlines change: This is what took me way too long (and three published novels) to figure out about plot: Plot is a process. …the outline informs the novel but the growing novel also informs the […]

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that, that and which

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Glenda Larke has started a Sunday Writing Tips feature on her blog. Last week she focussed on the perils of the word "that". This week, she's explaining the difference between "that" and "which".

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letter from kelly link

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Kelly Link, resident editor at the OWW, has written a letter to workshop members, which Charlie has posted at his blog. The only kind of critique that I worry about, in the long run, is the tendency of a workshop to sand off all the interesting edges from a writer.

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and the angels will weep for you

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Today, all I want to do is watch Garden State. Sadly, I do not have a copy of it handy, and so looks like I'll be thwarted in that want yet another day. Also today, after an hour and a half spent fighting for words during which I spectacularly achieved zero, count them zero, I […]

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what's your quirk?

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Agent Nephele Tempest muses about voice: So, what's your writing style? You should know, and keep track as it evolves. Agents and editors talk about voice a lot, and the truth is that we're talking about two different things at the same time: what your writing tone and style are, and what your narrator or […]