Adventures in Writing

Observations of a part-time writer, full-time character

  • Too Little, Too Early

    Tags: #writing, #editing

    My #writer friends will understand when I observe the irony around the first two books in my trilogy.

     

    For book 1, I cut a 121K manuscript down to 87K words. I axed scenes, subplots, … more

  • Query Letters--How much is enough?

    Tags: query letters, writing

    I've been getting some more query feedback and found something I'd never heard before: 

    Only describe the first act, or maybe only the first 50 pages.

    This came as a complete shock to me. I've been … more

  • Why won't .DOC die?

    Tags: writing, writing software

    It happened again--had to send out text in .DOC format.

    For those of you too young to remember. .DOC is the original Microsoft Word format. In fact it's been upgraded several times; according to … more

  • Bike-Writing

    Tags: bikewriting, writing

    Recently one of my dear critique group friends told me that there are combination exercise bike/desks, and I looked them up and got one (the FitDesk specifically). I have to say this was a great … more

  • Fiction vs. Software

    Tags: writing, software

    I attended a terrific presentation during PPWC 2016, entitled A Novel in 90 Days by Johnny Worthen. Excellent presentation. In this Johnny combined (albeit perhaps not entirely knowingly) industrial- … more

  • Word to Thunderbird formatting woes

    Tags: writing, writing software

    This one has plagued me for awhile. I wonder if any agents have thrown out my queries just because of it.

    Thunderbird, it turns out, has a horrible formatting engine. And Microsoft Word pastes with … more