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Creative Writers Need Creative Editors

5 Oct

ronaldpaxton

Every writer needs a good editor with the ability to clean up and polish a manuscript, to make it better, and to do it in a way that doesn’t antagonize or threaten the author of the work.

What makes a good editor? A thorough understanding of grammar and punctuation is essential, of course, including specific knowledge of the particular manual of style they are following in editing the manuscript. The ability to apply that understanding is critical. I understand the rules of grammar and punctuation, but I don’t always apply them correctly. Thank God for grammar check computer programs and sharp-eyed editors!

Okay, here’s my point: The most important qualities for an editor of fiction are creativity and flexibility. We talk about creative writing. Why don’t we talk about creative editing? Where are the creative editing classes in colleges and universities? Where are the MFA degree programs in creative editing? Where are…

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Wild Swings at Opportunity and What It’s Like to Land One.

30 Apr

Stacia L. Brown

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tumblr_nagvmcKObP1r6ws5io6_250 “Every now and then, you should land one of those.” When I was expecting my daughter, I wrote prolifically — mostly about the experience of first-time pregnancy and how alone I felt while I was carrying her. I posted a lot of that writing here, then pulled some of it because I thought I might shop a memoir about it (What’s left of the published posts can be found here. If you choose to read any of that, it works best to read chronologically, which means starting at the bottom, with this post).

I continued to write as much as I could after her birth and, for a number of reasons, ranging from my part-time job as an adjunct instructor, which took me away from home for a few hours a day, to my quickly-acquired proficiency at composing drafts exclusively on my cell phone, I was able to…

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The Hugo Awards: Who Gives A Shit? Author Bullshit.

27 Apr

IF I WERE A GHOST

11 Jan

keithgarrettpoetry

To be not anymore alive, not yet ready to touch the sky,

Wherever my spirit and soul must go, not ready to say goodbye.

If i were a ghost then what might my new world be like, some thoughts,

Faces and those whom i love i could see as they now can not until eternity see me.

Their words for me are heard as they know not that i am still around, I am here,

Not as i once was with body or identity but mind, spirit, and soul are together today.

Without the physical ability as once possessed my challenge of this new existence is now,

Remembering how i could pick things up and communicate seem now taken for granted.

If i were a ghost i would never again feel pain, no food would be needed to sustain,

Some good and some bad, a situation with feelings of sadness,

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Investiagators of a Paranormal World

11 Jan

Patrick R. McDonough's Space for Thoughts

John ConstantineDylan DogSam and Dean Winchester

From left to right: John Constantine, Dylan Dog, Dean and Sam Winchester

The characters above all come from different backgrounds, have different outlooks on life, and go about their day-to-day routine differently. However, they all have one very BIG similarity–they all are investigators of the paranormal world. Some would consider what they investigate to be nightmarish or horrific. While others (most people), would scoff at them and call them crazy, had they been told what they do for a living.

Let’s start with John Constantine, shall we?

He’s a disillusioned soul with a habit of chain smoking cigarettes, cursing, and mucking around with the dark arts of sorcery, which inevitably ends him in dangerous situations.  He finds that holding onto friendships (with the exception of his roommate Francis “Chas” Chandler, who eventually travels with him and becomes his sidekick), is a harder thing to maintain than it is to…

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