Progress Report 12


Thank God! I’ve finally finished doing the major edit of the first seven chapters. Yes I did say seven. As I predicted in the previous progress report, I ended up amalgamating two short chapters into one, as well as adding just over five hundred extra words, which means that the word count now stands at 19,792.

During the previous four a half days of total concentration on my part, a thought occurred to me. Why in the name of everything we hold dear as writers would any of us wish to become a full-time editor? It’s bad enought doing it for a few days. But to do it for a living? I don’t think so. Anyone contemplating it as a career, is either totally insane, or they are some kind of control freak on a power or ego trip, or maybe both, who loves the idea of tearing the product of someone’s hard work to shreds. Perhaps secretly they get their rocks off by inflicting doubt and angst in the minds of the unsuspecting writer in their clutches. Maybe editors are recruited from the ranks of trolls, pedants and armchair critics. Who knows?

Anyway, enough of that. Now its on to the next chapter and episode in the story. After I’ve had lunch and taken a much needed break to ready myself…

More later.


Forget all the Rules and WRITE!!!

Jack Eason:

I totally agree :)

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Shining the Light For All:

forget the rules writing

A friend of mine asked me, “What’s the secret to writing?”

I replied, “Ditch the rules and just write.”

It’s not complicated, people. Writing is as simple as you want to make it. So-called experts come up with these tricks of the trade in order to get published and rules to follow.

I agree with Melinda Haynes above (thanks to Belinda Witzenhausen for the graphic).

“Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.”

We are all storytellers and we have a story (or several thousand) to tell. So, tell your story. Be passionate about it and let the words flow. Readers will be drawn to the story and the characters, not the rules. :-)

Celebrate writing and get started!

MRS N, the Writer

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Starting and Ending

Starting and Ending

Jack Eason:

Sound advice from Michael :)

Originally posted on writerlywitterings:

I’m in a bit of a fix just now. I have to write a synopsis for a new book. Not a problem: I’ve written many of them in the past, and this will not take too long. But it did bring me to consider how I tend to do such things.

The normal approach with my crime books was always to find a crime – looking it up in the Coroner’s Rolls or in the court records usually – and then develop that murder into a full-blown story. Generally my story would start with the death, and then I’d begin the investigation by moving on from that point. However, in order to make the story more readable and convincing, I would usually bring in a lot about the character’s past, and usually begin with a look at the victim’s life. I always liked to show that the victim was not just a…

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Monday Funnies – a mixed bag!

Monday Funnies – a mixed bag!

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

Does THIS sound familiar?


The shape of things to come?


Some Reading Groups are TOUGH!


BEWARE of your Peers!


mmmm – now HERE’s an idea :D

comic strips2

And Finally – the truth about the extinction of the Dinosaurs


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ApeAntics with AppleYosemite

ApeAntics with AppleYosemite

Jack Eason:

The Story Reading Ape needs our support folks. ;)

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

A few days ago I took up the kind (?) offer from Apple to upgrade my OS from Maverick, to the new, all singing, all dancing, sleek and modern, Yosemite!

Weeelllll – since then, I’ve found that my workflow has slooooowwwweeeeddd right down and the start-up time for my usually reliable iMac ranges from ‘Not at all, necessitating manual shut downs and restarts’ to 30 minutes (give or take quite a few heartfelt chants of ancient Anglo-Saxon based English words of frustrated exhortation)

When (or IF, as the case may be) my iMac finally manages to overcome all the obstacles and difficulties thrown in it’s path (software-wise), and triumphantly displays the familiar chosen wallpaper and Icons top and bottom of the screen, I’m then faced with opening my Safari Browser, selecting my blog and gmail accounts (entering my user name and password for each – EVERY time) I wrestle with…

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Writing Makes you Healthy

Jack Eason:

An interesting alternative view on writing. :)

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Writing makes you healthy. Grammar, not so much.

We authors may be creative cheats, but is there any good news about our profession? Actually, yes! According to research cited by Arts.Mic, the benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.

In fact, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. Just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.

By writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events, participants were significantly more likely to have fewer illnesses and be less affected by trauma. Participants ultimately spent less time in the hospital, enjoyed lower blood pressure and had better liver functionality than their counterparts.

Even physical wounds heal faster. In 2013, New Zealand researchers conducted an experiment on…

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