Wednesday, September 15, 2010


finished Chapter 32!: 66,730 word count

Writing Tip: transition.
Effie has been under the barrage of several conflicting emotions as she talks to Old One. Quite suddenly she wants to change the subject and she says:
"Is Orli better this morning?"
But the shift is too sudden. The reader might get whiplash. So, I put an action tag before the dialog line.

Fleeing the emotions that confused her, she sought another subject. “Is Orli better this morning?”

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back on Track Again

chapter 31; 64,919 word count

Writing Tip: I'm not one to say that you have to eliminate all -ly words, but it is good to limit them.

No words came from His mouth, but still she heard Him gently command.
No word came from His mouth, but still she heard His gentle command.

How easy was that!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back on Track

Starting Chapter 32; 64,813 word count

I guess it is pretty obvious that I have been under the weather. Puniness comes at the most inconvenient times. I wonder if I could truly be allergic to the last third of any book I am writing, or I'm a hypochoncriac. Or perhaps, I don't eat and sleep as i should and my body gets out of whack.

Writing Tip: Take care of yourself! You can't think creatively when all you want to do is sleep and drink something very hot for your throat and then something very cold for your throat.