Category Archive: Writing In General

General comments about the craft of writing, things I've learned, sources of information.

May 14

I Have an Edit!

I received the completed edit yesterday, a week early. And it’s not bad. There were the expected spelling and syntax corrections, and some suggestions for wording changes, of course. She indicated where things were vague or confusing and needed further explanation. There were a couple of suggestions for putting in more backstory–those were a little …

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May 07

I Have an Editor!

I found an email in my inbox yesterday, from the editor that Audible has acquired for Legion. You know how, when you come home after a few days away, your dog runs around in circles and jumps all over you? Well, that’s how I felt. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long, long time. …

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Feb 24

The Journey From Irate Reader To Nervous Author

I guess I should explain the subtitle of this blog. In May 2014, I bought an e-book on Amazon which was, erm, less than stellar. It was, in fact, the kind of book that gives self-pubs their bad reputation. About 30 pages into it, I realized it wasn’t getting better, and I was not going to …

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Feb 18

Changing POV

Point of View is a Big Deal ™ when writing fiction. First person, second person (yeah, that’s a thing), third person; present tense, past tense; Omni, limited; on and on, oy. POV is also one of the harder ideas to get a handle on– the hardest, in my opinion, being “show don’t tell”. POV breaks …

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Feb 13

Fade in…

Hello. My name is Dennis Taylor (thus the name on the blog). I’ve been an inveterate reader for <mumble> years– mostly science fiction, with occasional forays into horror, suspense, and even the occasional detective novel like the Rizzoli and Isles series. So, now I’m an author. Yippee. Oh, and a blog-writer. To be honest, I …

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