Monthly Archives: May 2013

Quote of the Week (2)

I forgot the quote of the week last tuesday, oh the humanity! Anyways, here it is (a little late, but I think it still works).

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Want to Edit Something? Read This!

Well, read the link I will paste below. As today happens to be a busy day (it’s pitch madness for those curious. If you want to see what it is, look up #pitmad on twitter and watch the stream of pitches try to catch the eye of agents), I thought a useful link would be nice. So, here is a great little piece about editing.

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http://diamondstateauthors.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/editing-what-does-it-mean/

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 6)

And here is the next installment of the series. We’re starting to finally get into a little more story!

The waves broke over the pointed rocks. Sheets of ice were impaled over the stones, bleeding out water, foam, and garbage. Cigarette butts were a common sight, wrappers even more so. Directly below him, the area was free of the garbage that plagued the ice and rocks. John lifted the key off his neck, gazed at it with a heavy frown, held it over the railing, and opened his fingers.

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Reinventing the Writer

The title says it all. In today’s publishing world, the writer is trying to be reinvented. How you ask? Just look at this.

The publishers want writers to be this (though for the regard, I do love Iron Man, this is just an example):

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When writers are really this:

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Why? The answer isn’t simple, there are a lot of factors that have helped changed the publishing world. But, in short, because of condensing, publishing companies of all sizes cannot spend the time or resources to promote every book. And that’s not a good thing for the writer who is like that last picture. And most writers are like that. Most writers watch as the world goes by and then writes about that experience. Most writers aren’t the ones in the center of the party, calling for more beer and shouting in joy. No, most writers would be sitting in the corner, watching this all go down, thinking about how cool this or that would be in their work.

If you change the writer and make him/her into a marketing/salesperson, you changed the writing. There will be a different focus in the writing, a different way the sentences are constructed, and maybe most frightening, a different quality to the writing.

I’m not saying publishers should change what they are doing (even though I would like that), I understand they are doing what they have to. But with these changes, they will have to accept the writing will change. They will have to accept the great writers like Hemingway and Faulkner will be replaced by Snooki and Brad Pitt (and let’s face it, Snooki and Pitt are not writers and the quality of writing will show this). Because that is what they want. And if you look at books like 50 Shades of Gray, that is what they are getting.

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Quote of the Week

I’m enjoying the serialized segments (maybe I am the only one…) and I thought it would be fun to do something called the Quote of the Week. It will be fun, quick to read, and maybe even make you think a little. The quotes will vary. Sometimes they will be funny, sometimes helpful (maybe they will even be crazy sometimes). So, here is the first installment of the Quote of the Week!

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 5)

And now, here is the latest installment of paragraph of the week!

John glanced at the key digging into his palm. Everything else had been consumed by the flames. Almost nothing of their home, their lives, was left. The only thing that remained was the skeleton key she always wore around her neck. The coroner, a plump, bearded man with a soft voice and heavy waddle, gave the key and his deepest condolences. The words had done him about as much good as the plates of food being sent his way, but the key quickly become a substitute for her; where he went, the key would accompany him, and in a way, he felt maybe she would be there too.

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Totally Random, but Fun!

Today, I wanted to do something completely random (and maybe you will find it a little fun too). If anyone follows the latest internet drama, you’ll know about the Amy’s Bakery fiasco. If you don’t, that’s what this post will be about. I really don’t have any words for this, I can’t say whether it is staged or not, but wow. First, the Kitchen Nightmares show.

And now you are probably wide eyed and shaking your head. Let’s see if your eye sockets and neck can take this.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-is-the-most-epic-brand-meltdown-on-facebook-ever

Sometimes, even I don’t have words to put down on paper. Not for this.

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