• Writing,  Writing Tips

    When Is It Time to Take a Breather?

    You’ve worked for weeks to meet a deadline. Day in and day out, almost 24/7 at the computer. Your agent is pushing, and so is the publisher. And your editor is dragging with the last revisions. Not to mention your blog schedule is scantily filled, and your writing isn’t at the top of your game. Then there are the stresses of home, finances, kids and well, just life in general. You feel like burying your head in the sand and not coming up. So, take a breather! Give yourself a break! Did I hear you say, “I can’t?” Oh, yes, you can, and you should. It is at this point…

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    Beta Readers’ List of Don’ts | Writers’ Expectations (Part 2 of 2)

    Last week I posted on what beta readers do. This week we’ll take a look at what they don’t do and what writers expect of a beta reader. * * * In the last post we determined what beta readers are not: A beta reader is not related to the fish of the same name, i.e. beta or betta. Nor is a beta reader a part of any alphabet, Greek or otherwise, and he or she has no need for membership in The National Beta Club. And we eliminated any relationship to any star in any constellation or in chemistry compounds. The write-beta reader partnership is a unique relationship. It…

  • Writing

    Summoning the Muse

    Meet Jim Meyer, my brother-in-law, my writing mentor, favorite wordsmith, and you might say thinking of Jim was always like summoning my muse. You see Jim always supported my writing efforts, encouraging, applauding, cautioning when necessary, but never sharing an ounce of doubt or negativity. Unfortunately, with Jim’s death last November, I felt I’d lost that summoning power. Today that all changed. Listening as I do everyday to our local classical station, today’s playlist included Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op 36: “Nimrod.” Did I mention that Jim shared our love of classical music too? And it was Jim who introduced me to this amazing composition. As its sounds began wafting magically from…

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    Beta Readers | How They Function (Part 1 of 2)

    Today I am posting the first of two parts on beta readers covering specifically what beta readers do. In the second part, I’ll look at what they don’t do and what writers’ expectations of beta readers are.  * * * When you hear the word “beta,” what comes to mind? I usually think of the Greek alphabet as beta is its second letter, β. A jog down memory lane occurs at the sound of “beta” as I was a member of The National Beta Club in high school. Then there is the word “Beta” with a capital “B” meaning the second brightest star in a constellation. And we can move on to…