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RULES FOR WRITERS: more like guidelines, actually...

RULES FOR WRITERS: more like guidelines, actually…

I recently writer-tagged Kassandra Lamb, mystery writer extraordinaire. Her post on the writing process has invaluable insights for newbie writers, and the mistakes we all make there. I think the part that struck me the most was her pointing out that in the pantser-v-plotter debate, you either pay at the beginning or pay at the end. I must confess that I always attempt an outline, which lasts about a nanosecond until those characters take firm control. It’s worth the S&Gs to go back at the end and look at those forlorn little outlines. They could have made great stories, if only I had written them. If only..

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Hard-Learned Lessons — by Kassandra Lamb [reblog from mysterio press]

We don’t usually blog about the writing process here at misterio press, but I was recently tagged in a game of blog tag and it got me to thinking. Maybe I should share some of my hard-learned lessons with newbie writers who are first venturing into this marvelous and scary world of publishing. And perhaps our readers might find it interesting to peek behind the curtain and get a sense of what it’s like to be a writer.

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” --W. Somerset Maugham  [picture credit: caricature by David Low, in New York Public Library Archives]

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” –W. Somerset Maugham [picture credit: caricature by David Low, in New York Public Library Archives]

So here’s to Barb Taub who tagged me. Do check out her wonderful blog. Her sense of humor is fabulous! Every one of her posts has me rolling on the floor.

Here are the questions I’m supposed to answer. I’m going to answer them in a rather round-about way, because as you will see in a moment, I’m a bit of a rebel. 1.  What am I working on now? 2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre? 3.  Why do I write what I do? 4.  How does my writing process work?  [more…]

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