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Updates

As mentioned in a previous post, Error, all written work has some errors, mistakes, and typos. My work is no exception. So, there are a couple of updates. I updated Nasty Leftovers and Carolina Dawn recently. I finished the print editions around the first of the year. That was pretty easy as the process to update the text at IngramSpark is straightforward. Easy, I say, as compared to other...

Error

Error Every book you ever read had an error. Some typo, misspelling, missing word, misuse of there, they're, or their. It happens. I know Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers have some errors. I stumble across a couple when I do a reading. It is unavoidable. Carolina Dawn very probably has a few errors that got past my editor and myself. Fortunately, before I pushed up the final version of the...

Voice

Voice It's best to use active voice in fiction writing, they tell us. Passive voice we'd best avoid. I'll break it down for you. Active voice keeps your reader engaged with action verbs. Passive voice puts the reader to sleep. Back in the day, my mentor in the Navy, Senior Chief Journalist Raymond P. Lucasey*, put it this way when he found a passive voice sentence in my work. "Why do you keep...

Get Mobile

Sometimes, you have to get mobile. Prior to the current version of Scrivener, I would save a copy of my current project to a thumb drive (USB flash drive, the little dongle that plugs into one of the holes on your computer) and carry it along with my laptop when I traveled. This worked fine, for the most part, and I was able to continue work on a project while on the road. With the current...

What You Know

What You Know Most have heard this advice about writing: Write what you know. For new writers, especially younger ones, this is a confusing bit of advice. You want to write a mystery novel involving a murder set in Rome. Your mind is full of the plugs you'll have: "International intrigue!" "Globe-trotting Sleuth!" But, then you heard someone say you should write what you know. CRASH! BURN!...