Month: August 2019

The long and short of it

I did not skim this post. Interesting points by C.S. Boyack on Story Empire. I think chapters need to stick to the point of the book. Noveloids are coming. I have a few myself.

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you again today. I’ve been pondering word counts lately. There are multiple reasons, both personally and from a marketing standpoint.

On a personal basis, I tend to write short. This stems from my professional background where concise is important. I have more room in fiction, and I’m slowly getting there. Part of me worries that my ideas just aren’t big enough to fill a massive Sci-fi or fantasy tale of 120K words. I’ve written them before, so I know I can.

I’ve also written one sheet micro-fiction and really enjoy that. Some of my best selling books were collections of shorts and micros. You can understand how this result might influence my marketing.

Now I’m writing a trilogy and these thoughts have popped up again, swinging the pendulum back the other direction.

Years ago, I did a bit of research into word counts and the results…

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A Different Take on Manuscript Analysis

How to assess manuscripts? Here’s Staci Troilo’s take on it. I’m paying attention. .

Story Empire

Ciao, amici! When my turn rolls around to post at Story Empire, I almost always tell you how I do something or how the industry does it: dialogue, media kits, story bibles, basic plots… I usually revert back to professor-mode and “instruct” you on the terminology and my and/or the writing community’s methodologies.

Today, I’m going to do something a little different. I hope you’ll bear with me.

At my day job, we’ve adopted the following terms into our corporate culture:

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • “Whoops.” followed by “Whoopsie.”
  • Yes, sir, I am.
  • “What happens if…” followed by “I don’t know.”
  • I’m going to need you to get all the way off my back about that.
  • (Fill in the blank) is/are tight.
  • “Why?” followed by “Because.” followed by “Okay, then.”
  • Wow, wow, wow.
    and probably everyone’s favorite
  • “How…?” followed by “Super easy. Barely an inconvenience.”

If you’re…

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Unknown Reasons by Joan Hall

I’ve got a copy and it’s in the TBR list.

The Write Stuff

Happy Tuesday, Everybody! This morning, we are getting the ball rolling with an excellent review of Unknown Reasons: Driscoll Lake Book Two, by Joan Hall. I know you’ll enjoy it and be glad to pass it along, too. Thanks so much! 


Review: Irene Aprile 5 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Review
May 2, 2018

Back to Driscoll Lake

Ok, I have a problem. I’m officially in love with Brian Nichols, the main character in this novel. In a literary fashion, of course (not even him could take my husband’s place). But this is a problem because now I’ve finished reading Unknown Reasons, what am I to do with my reader-self? How am I going to move on and leave Driscoll Lake?

I’ve already been there once, thanks to Unseen Motives, and I was only too happy to be back for another story. Matt and Stephanie, main characters in…

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