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Making it a Threesome in Writing

May 20, 2015

Three has a sort of rhythm, a flow, a sense of movement. Three descriptions, three sentences with the same thought, three snappy dialogues.

Number 3 picture

Kim English, in today’s QueryTracker Blog, points out the age-old sense of story telling flows with threes. Check it out!

The Hook

May 14, 2015

Check out Sarah Callender’s post in Writer Unboxed that points out the importance of keeping the story “hook” in your mind as you write. It’s different than the dramatic question that impel the action/drama.

What if …….?

Go here for the post and interesting comments that follow.

This kind of hook is not as scary as they kind I mention later.

Would You Buy This Book Online?

April 21, 2015

Judging a book by its cover can be tricky. Would you buy any of these e-books highlighted by Slate blogger Jay Deshpande?

The Demanding Editorial Letter You Would Love to Hate

April 10, 2015

Getting an agent and selling your book are your first major challenges. Then you move on to revision and the loved/hated editorial letter from the publisher.

Receiving an editorial letter from the publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, Ms. Strauss-Gabel, is not for faint of heart. Yet for a few top writers, being taken under Ms. Strauss-Gabel’s editorial wing “Is the literary equivalent of winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” writes Alexandra Alter in the New York Times.

Working with Ms. Strauss-Gabel is almost a guarantee of critical and commercial success, Alter points out. As painful as the letters can be, they have shepherded writers like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and novelist Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) to bestsellerdom and movie adaptation.

Read more here.

Novelist Offers Free Query Critiques to Website Subscribers

March 11, 2015

Caitlin Sinead, author of Heartsick (Carina Press) is passing it on with a free query critique to those who subscribe to her website:  And she has reasonable rates for a query or query/10 page critique as well. All this from a writer whose second novel (Redblooded, summer 2015) is soon available and whose work has garnered praise from primo pubs like Glimmer Train and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. (Other works are available online.)

You can follow links to her blog contributions at Trouble the Write Way, too. Check out the March 5, 2015 post about details in writing. How much is enough — or too much? It’s critical to narrow down the details so that each sentence reflects the story arc. “If the reader doesn’t need to know that — CUT!” she writes.



Caitlin Sinead

Photo Credit: Tim Coburn

Je Suis Charlie

January 9, 2015

The best of the many cartoons and pics of demonstrations against the murders of the Paris cartoonists and policemen.

Check out the image of Charlie Brown with his head in his hands. Charlie Hebdo (weekly Charlie) was named for the sad sack character. But no sad sacks at the CH — just the courage of men and women expressing freedom of thought through humor and satire.

Sixty-one journalists were murdered in 2014. Vive la presse.



Think Your “Critters” Are Tough?

September 8, 2014

Check out this tongue-in-cheek critique from Writer Unboxed: Dear Dwight. Love it!


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