As you can see by this glamour shot, I’m in my writing mode, complete with fashionable reading glasses and beautifully coiffed hair.
I’m in the process of rewriting nearly 20 books after getting the rights back from my publishers. It’s quite a task because some of the books were written over a decade ago.
Since so many of you who are writers, or interested in becoming a writer, have contacted me about writing advice, I thought sharing the writing/rewriting process with you would be an excellent idea. So as of this morning, I’ve started a brand new series on my Daisy Dexter Dobbs author blog.
The series is called The Anatomy of a Book Rewrite and the first post is titled “Just Like Einstein and Frankenstein.”
I’ll be covering approximately one-and-a-half bazillion topics over the weeks, including:
Killing your darlings
How to show rather than tell
How to build believable conflict
Which words to savagely cut from your manuscript
How to handle foreign accents and words
How to write a satisfying romance with lots of sex, rather than a sex book with some romance thrown in
How to write romantic comedy without having it come across as silly or stupid
How to create heroines that aren’t annoying or, worse yet, TSTL (too stupid to live)
How to write believable dialogue
How to spot and correct dangling or misplaced metaphors
When to use correct grammar and when to forget it
How to create compelling character names
How to create satisfying, passionate love scenes without writing something smutty
What to do when trying like hell to come up with different words to describe body parts or the sex act
Sound interesting? I hope you’ll join me there. (There will be illustrations too!)
NOTE: If you know of any writers who might benefit from what I’ll be discussing in this series, please do share my blog posts with them. Those of you who’ve known me for any length of time (especially those of you who have contacted me for writing advice over the years) know that I’m a great believer in writers generously helping their fellow writers--and that I practice what I preach. There’s plenty of room at the top and I’d love nothing better than to see us all get there, stay there, and celebrate together! :D
P.S. -- I’ll still be popping in here on my Super Earthling blog every so often with a new post too.
--Super Earthling (a/k/a Daisy Dexter Dobbs)…roger wilco, over and out