How To Process and Filter Feedback

How To Process and Filter Feedback

How To Process and Filter Feedback

Excellent article by Annie Neugebauer How to Process and Filter Feedback September 19, 2018 By Annie Neugebauer Photo by Robert Gourley In my last post I talked about “which types of readers to use for feedback,” covering the pros and cons of a weekly critique group, beta readers, specialty readers, and agents and editors. Knowing where to get feedback on our work is great, but what the heck do you do with it once you have it? It might sound like a straightforward question, but any writer gathering significant feedback knows how daunting it can be to face sorting through and implementing

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A Little Bit About Me

A Little Bit About Me

I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, and some of my reasons for writing the books. Much of what is in Book One uses names and places from my childhood. Urban Road was the school I went to, and Miss Penlington was. the Headmistress. Gillian is based on a girl in my class who was rich and spoiled, and got everything her own way, much like Gillian in the book. Betwys-y-Coed is a lovely place in North Wales. To a point, Penelope is based on me as a child; I was very much

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Writing Through Uncertainty

Writing Through Uncertainty

Another really good article, by Vaughn Roycroft. Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket) September 17, 2018 By Vaughn Roycroft 23 Comments Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I like having a cushion. I even have a warning notification set up in my Outlook calendar for one week prior to each of my scheduled pub days. Last week, when

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How to Write A Novel in Three Days

How to Write A Novel in Three Days

An interesting article from Michael Moorcock. Posted by interestingliterature Ever fancied writing a novel, but don’t have oodles of spare time to set aside for such a thing? Michael Moorcock, a hugely influential and prolific writer, has the solution. Those of you who like the idea of #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel-Writing Month), but would rather set aside a few days to write rather than a whole month, may like ‘the Moorcock method’. Stephen King’s book On Writing offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a prolific author and has some invaluable advice, but Moorcock’s suggestions are well worth sharing too. For

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Quoth The Raven

I wrote this piece after taking an Aboriginal Studies course a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Comments are welcome! As always, all my writing is copyright to me, Susan (Sue) McCaskill. A few years ago, I enrolled in a credit course in Aboriginal Studies. Little did I know that that course would have an immense impact on my spiritual life. My instructor, Louise Milburn, an Anishinabe Elder, Pipe carrier and LodgeKeeper,  no more looked Native than I do, being endowed  with huge Irish blue eyes, pale skin, and a mop of dark brown curly hair. During the

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Advice for Writers and Artists from Neil Gaiman

Advice for Writers and Artists from Neil Gaiman

Some great advice from Neil Gaiman!

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28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing

This article is very well written and informative! Written by author, Scott Burkett. 28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing Posted on February 24, 2015 in Writing Well The recent Buzzfeed post by Curtis Sittenfeld called 24 Things No One Tells You about Publishing was fun to read. I’ve written 6 popular bookswith two publishers and I agreed with much of what she said. But in hearing every question and myth about my trade over the years, here’s my own list of what I wish more people knew. Selling books is harder than writing them. There are 300k books published in the U.S. every year. And 30% of Americans read

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NaNoWriMo 2018

Signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve missed it the last two, so hopefully, it will give me the impetus to finish my second book!

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What is the Relationship Between Food and Magic?

If you have read my first book, Penelope Parker: Witch in Training, you will have noticed a big focus on food. The reason for this is that magic takes energy, and to replace that enrgy, one needs another source of energy, which is food. In order to do their magic, the girls have been taught to imagine their feet rooting down into the earth, much like the roots of a tree. The energy is drawn up through the legs into the body, and that energy is put into whatever spell they are doing. Although they don’t use their own body’s

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Penelope’s World As I See It

Penelope’s World As I See It

These are just a few pictures to give you an idea of Penelope’s world. The books have no graphics, so this gives you an idea of how I see her world.        

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