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Sign up for some #AtoZChallenge Blogging this April!

 Declaring the April 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge Sign-ups now open! The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, this challenge basically requires 26 posts in 26 days based on 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter during the month of April, with Sundays off for good behavior.  Since…

Why Your Novel Sucks and 4 Steps That Can Help Fix it

Okay, if you know me, you know that I don’t pull punches. In fact, my writers group has nicknamed me Blunt. I don’t like it when people tell me I look nice when I know it looks as though I just crawled out of a sewer pipe. I hate it when people say that my writing is “Just great!” with that falsetto high pitch we all know means they are trying not to offend. It doesn’t help us improve ourselves when people placate us about how we look, or how we write.

So how do you figure out if your novel sucks and how can you fix it? Here are a few pointers I’ve picked up the hard, expensive way. Now pay attention, I’m only going to say this once!

You don’t start out writing good stuff

Butler had it right, I think. I can’t teach myself creativity, or give myself talent–but I can teach myself craft, hope I have talent, and enjoy the process of writing. My only hope is persistence, so here I go for a day of wrestling with the Muse. If you’re looking for some writing practice, and…

17 Stories That Failed and Why

You could look at this book as an attempt by Buckell to make money out of short stories that he failed to sell. However, I find it an interesting look at the early work of a published author that we rarely get. I don’t know that I’d be so inclined to bare to the world how bad I once was if I was a published author!

Oracle by J.C. Martin–#Book-Cover Reveal Tour!

J.C. Martin is an awesome blog-friend and an extremely talented and entertaining writer. So when she said she had a book coming out, I had to step up for Oracle‘s book cover reveal tour! I have to say I love the cover (below), and can’t wait to read what’s inside.  But true to Oracle‘s genre,…