Tag Archives: Laurie Boris

Sliding Past Vertical Entered in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards!

Hi, folks! I just entered Sliding Past Vertical into the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest, and blatantly stealing paying homage to a brilliant idea by author Charles Ray, I’d love to share a preview of my entry here. I’m … Continue reading

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The problem is…

…I don’t know how to not write. I go into a kind of fugue state when I finish the first draft of a manuscript. Intellectually, I know I’m done for now. I’ve reached the end of the story, and I … Continue reading

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The Editing Myth

On Indies Unlimited: Food for thought by Melissa Bowersock about her experience with being edited (or not, actually) by traditional publishers versus the editorial control she has as an indie author. Although for most authors, I recommend hiring a professional … Continue reading

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Writing Characters Outside the Box

I hate stereotypes. I get why they exist; human brains like order. They process a lot of information, so they want to sort things into boxes and get on with the day. But we—individual people—are not tick boxes on a … Continue reading

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Are You Appositive About That?

One of the trickier tricks with commas is figuring out how to use them around appositives. An appositive is a noun or a noun phrase in apposition (used to describe) another noun. Um…what? Here’s an example: Professor Katydid, award-winning entomologist, … Continue reading

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Proposed Actionable Items to Take Under Advisement in 2014

The Board of Trustees of this writing/editing single proprietorship has convened, debated according to Robert’s Rule of Order, and agreed upon a list of proposed guidelines and actionable items for the upcoming calendar year. We agree to add these items … Continue reading

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Tell a Story and Win One

I hated to do it, but the old, black recliner was falling apart. Not that comfy, a few-rips-and-tears-but-I’m-still-keeping-it-so-get-your-hands-off kind of falling apart. No. The years, along with abuse and the ravages of being the winter headquarters for a colony of … Continue reading

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