It seems that Gmail’s “intuitive filters” had arbitrarily decided, at some point around three months ago, that emails from my two websites (one of which is this one) were stuff that it just wasn’t going to show me anymore. So, instead of letting them into my inbox, it filtered and deleted. And I missed out on connecting with you.
March 3, 2014
Each character is a smaller story of varying length. Each rules their own little self-appointed kingdom.
But how long is each lesser character’s story? How does it intersect with the main character’s story for best effect? What do we even mean by “best effect”?
September 23, 2013
…then you might not be a one-book writer. Kristine Rusch’s post on the difference between career writers and those without a bigger plan made me say, “Yes! This, this, this!” (For interest’s sake, compare Kris’s perspective against this one and use your native intuition to interpret.) You will hear me complain about unhelpful internet advice […]
September 3, 2013
Scienda Editorial congratulates KM Weiland on the release of her writer’s help book Structuring Your Novel. Using familiar story examples, KM explains the journey from opening lines to “The End.” The process of editing this book generated some interesting discussion between myself and a colleague: Is there such a thing as a novelist who naturally […]
July 15, 2013
There’s a rule of thumb in teaching writing that the semicolon should just plain be avoided. One editor told me it comes off as too “scholarly,” which is polite-speak for “nerdy.” A writer friend with an extensive newsletter likes to humourously inform newer writers that they only get two semicolons in their entire career, ever. […]
July 1, 2013
Scienda Editorial congratulates Marc Schooley on the release of Nightriders, a supernatural thriller/paranormal fantasy/old western mashup. Nightriders is available from Marcher Lord Press. I work with Marc in a variety of capacities: editor, co-author, and mutual moral supportership. Marc has also written several short stories for Scienda Press, the independent imprint under which I publish. To celebrate […]
June 28, 2013
“What do you think a professional editor’s payscale should be?” Dave Bricker writes about the skillset involved in good editing. He says: “This kind of professional is difficult to come by—this editor understands both the left-brained, technical points of fine writing and the right-brained art of communicating stories, ideas, emotions, experiences, and streams of consciousness […]