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April 27, 2018

Writer profiles part 1

1) The academic writer. Rocket scientist—English degrees & poets—editors.

2) The fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or mystery/thriller writer

3) Romance writer

4) Children’s stories writer

5) The English-is-not-my-first-language writer

6) The very young writer


March 15, 2018

Don’t get caught with your pants down.

Hi, my name is Charl and I’m a Pantser.

(Hi Charl.)

I’ve been clean for sixty days.

(Enthusiastic round of applause)

Thanks. Tonight, I’m sharing my journey that started that awful day, the last straw, you know. I was tired of living i...

February 6, 2018

Tackling the subject of dialogue tags is not hard.

Let’s face it, he/she said, responded, shouted, murmured, whispered, hissed, growled or any other tags are usually not necessary.

Obviously, if you want to convey that the character is talking softly, one can use whisper...

January 20, 2018

I found a new writing toy, the voice. I've added a link below. Go about halfway down the website for step-by-step instructions for a PC. I have Microsoft Word 2010, but it works on earlier versions.

I love using this toy when I'm editing. It's like having an extra sense...

December 26, 2017

The book starts of well. You are inspired and going at it for hours, day after week and the book is done in three months. You give it a few weeks, then hit the first edit. It's so damn good it will only need one edit from you, just typos and suchlike.

Holy crap! what ha...

July 28, 2017

The manuscript is done and dusted. Now I can kick back and let an editor do the grunt work. That's what editors are for, right?


They will take my lousy to mediocre sentences and make them sing. I have tons of brilliant sentences, but a few escaped my creativi...

July 16, 2017

 I don't know how many millions of people, dogs or cats troll the internet, but I know it's a crap-house.

Every writer aspires to being published or they wouldn't write. I don't care what they say to cover this deep desire.

I'm writing it for my kids

I'm writing it for m...

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