Yawn...Just a bit sleepy. You ask, why so sleepy this early in the day? Well, a new character was mucking about in my head and instead of getting my important shut-eye, I was up at 3:00am trying to listen to the little imp. About 4:30am, I cracked open my new copy of Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul http://www.annwhitfordpaul.net and found a great section on character development. Now I just have to stay awake long enough to read the rest of the book...
Alice Pope at www.cwim.blogspot.com referenced a word counting tool at Write Words, a Writer's Community website http://www.writewords.org.uk/ that I tried on my longest manuscript. It's easy to do; just paste in your manuscript and in a flash (actually quicker than a flash), it counts the number of incidences of words or phrases. After I got over the number of incidences of the word "the" (YIKES!), I looked for "was" "were" and other "to be" inactive verbs. I did a better job on those than I did the dreaded "the" (see, I did it again!) http://www.writewords.org.uk/word_count.asp Try it!
I've been working on a new title for Lizzy and the Twisted Sisters because it is too boring for such a wild ride of a story. Send me your ideas within 7 days (November 24) and the winner will receive a free manuscript critique by (insert drum roll.....) ME (you thought I was going to say some really famous editor or agent, dincha?). Really, though, who doesn't like a fresh set of eyes on a new manuscript? So, send me your title ideas. You can read about the story if you click on "Manuscripts" above. Now get crackin'!
My family, friends, dog, librarian, and writer buddies will be glad to know I now belong to a formal critique group to review drafts 1-15 of my WsIP (works in progress). This should free up lots of lives around the world. :)
Boni Ashburn blogged about Tara Lazar's month long adventure: PiBoIdMo wherein authors share their ideas about ideas, writers gather their own ideas during the month, submit them, and possibly, maybe win a review by an agent. Cool, huh? Check it out. http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/piboidmo-is-here/
Plus, you get this nifty badge created by Ryan Hipp to display on your website. I like freebies.
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