Tag - writing

Backstory Burnout

Musings from The Pipeline by wordshaper Janet Fix  ~~ I often vacillate between about the importance -- or unimportance -- of backstory in a novel, how much detail is too much or too little.  Obviously it differs between books, but in general it is a greater challenge to exclude backstory or to offer the details more creatively than an "explanation dump." I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this subject.  Do you find backstory a challenge one way or the other,...

It’s All Greek to Me

~~ Pipeline Musings by Janet Fix As I write my first novel, which is based in the sweet li'l town of Tarpon Springs, I am reminded of the importance of Greece historically to our language systems, religion, mythology, food. The cultural traditions of Greek communities is fascinating. The following link provides us with a brief list of popular Greek terminology used frequently in current day conversation and writing.  http://www.dailywritingtips.com/greek-words/ I would be interested to know additional insights you may have regarding the...

Student of My Author Self :: NaNoWriMo

~~ by Editor Jan   This November, I became a student of myself. Below are seven insights I gained about myself as a writer -- and editor -- and person in general -- having participated in National Novel Writing Month, November 2011. For those of you who may not know what NaNoWriMo is: Each year this organization encourages writers, new and experienced, to engage in complete "literary abandon" and write freely to achieve 50,000 words in 30 days -- the ultimate goal...

Demand a Reciprocity of Your Passion — “Guts,” Part 2

~~by Editor Jan  (Part 2 in the "Guts" blog) Authors: Demand a reciprocity of your passion! Surround yourself with professionals who match your intensity for each written word in your manuscript; who look at things from new angles and will share those with you, respectfully and with good humor; and who enjoy the new flavors of innovation. This doesn’t have to be expensive, mysterious, or time-consuming. Be relentless and demanding in your selection of creative people who can assist you not just...

Guts: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

~~ by Editor Jan Fix When it comes to developing a powerful novel, today's authors must have some uncompromising, new-and-improved kind of guts. As impressive as any creative team may be with its credentials and experience, it is merely ordinary without a unique, bold instinct for raising the bar and a bulldog tenacity for superiority on all levels. Today's authors must demand this extraordinary team.  Whether that's just one professional editor or a slew of design and marketing experts, to excel beyond...

Born on a Buzzard’s Stump by Alva Harris

This book is Five-Star Verve.  Recommendation by Janet Fix   This memoir simultaneously takes you back in time and tickles your present-day musings.  One of the most entertaining examples of story-telling based on fact that I have ever had the pleasure of editing -- or reading!  I'm interested in hearing your comments as well. Order here or on Amazon: http://shop.boutiqueofqualitybooks.com/Born-on-a-Buzzards-Stump-The-Epic-Saga-of-a-Man-and-His-Myth-978-1-937084-12-7.htm    

Final Proofreading Finesse

by Jan Fix, owner/editor I submitted this piece recently to a local publisher in hopes of creating some ground rules for final proofreads.  As you may or may not realize, there are several levels of editing, the very last level is a final proofread before and after typesetting.  This addresses the necessary (but not all-encompassing) elements of final proofread (after mechanical and content edits).  If you are a writer or editor of any kind, it would behoove you to take...