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Flannery’s Favorites–Day 1

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hi, Flannery McNeill here again, as promised, to share some of my favorite posts from Kaye’s blog with you. Let’s start with two of her more recent writing series:

Top Ten Writing Tips
Writing Tip #2: I Need Distance
Writing Tip #3: Start something new
Writing Tip #4: Reading Ratio 5:1
Writing Tip #5: Story trumps craft
Writing Tip #6: Don’t think, just write
Writing Tip #7: I Should Probably Write That Down
Writing Tip #8: It’s Okay If What You Write Stinks
Writing Tip #9: Write your passion—but keep an eye on the market
Writing Tip #10: When You Need a Kick in the Pants

Debunking Writing Myths
Debunking Writing Myths: Blogging & Social Media
Debunking Writing Myths: “Write What You Know”
Debunking Writing Myths: “Omniscient POV Is Bad”
Debunking Writing Myths: “First Person POV is the easiest to write.”
Debunking Writing Myths: “Eliminate all WASes and HADs from Your Manuscript”
Debunking Writing Myths: “Eliminate ALL Adverbs”
Debunking Writing Myths: “Read, Read, Read”
Debunking Writing Myths: Always/Never Use “Said” Dialogue Tags
Debunking Writing Myths: The Opening Salvo
Debunking Writing Myths–“Never use fragments, one-word sentences, or one-line paragraphs.”
Debunking Writing Myths: “Showing Is Always Better than Telling”

Now, Kaye hasn’t been publicizing it much, mostly because she’s been focusing on telling you about Caylor’s book, The Art of Romance, but Kaye has another book to add to her list of publications:

And can I just tell you as an editor how excited I am about this book? It’s one of the only ones I’ve seen which focuses completely on writing genre fiction, and was put out by graduates and teachers of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction master’s degree program. The book covers all aspects of genre-fiction writing—but more than just craft, it also covers writing community (including Kaye’s article on critiquing) and the publishing industry. This is one writing craft book you definitely want on your shelf! Here’s just a flavor of the critical response it’s received:

Many Genres, One Craft is a brilliant and insightful must-have book for any writer, from newbie to working pro. Highly recommended!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The King of Plagues and Patient Zero

“Finally! A book on writing category fiction, presented by those who do it every day. Choose a genre and jump right in.” —Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author

Many Genres has everything you need to write and sell the book of your dreams. It is jam-packed with practical information, clear examples and brilliant insights, all delivered with clarity and wit. Skip the writers’ conference and read this gem from the masters of genre fiction!” —Suzanne Forster, New York Times bestselling author

“Speaking from experience, I can tell you there isn’t a muse and if there is, she’s already dating someone else.’ If there isn’t a muse, as you’ll read in this invaluable book for writers, Many Genres, One Craft is surely the next best thing. No matter what you want to learn—from choosing the point of view for a scene, from getting the most out of a critique group to fine-tuning your final draft, from approaching a literary agent to promoting your published book in print or electronically or both—it’s all there. The contributors know their stuff, and what they’re teaching applies to writing at any age. Many Genres, One Craft covers all the bases superbly, including issues I haven’t seen addressed anywhere else in today’s rapidly shifting publishing landscape.” —Renni Browne, co-author of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

So be sure to order your copy today!

  1. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:15 am

    Seriously? You’re going to hijack Kaye’s blog and this is the best you can come up with?


    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:28 am

      Don’t start with me, James Clarence O’Connor.


      • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:28 am

        That’s James Clarence O’Connor THE THIRD to you. And do you really want to get started on the name thing? Because I can SO go there…


        • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:33 am

          Kaye, I really wish you were around, because I can’t figure out how to ban someone from being able to post comments.


  2. Audry permalink
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:45 am

    hahahaha, love the comments 😀


  3. Mary permalink
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:58 am

    So, this is your first day at this and I’m supposed to read ALL those back blog posts – harsh. I can’t wait to get that book too and I’m even considering the MFA, which is how I found Kaye in the first place.


  4. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:35 am

    Definitely feel the chemistry between Flannery and Jamie. I’m just sayin’ . . .


  5. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 10:07 pm

    Having just watched The Back Up Plan, I can SO hear Jamie in my head.


    • Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:01 am

      Oh I need to watch that movie again!


  6. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 2:26 am

    Congrats on Kaye’s contribution to that book. It looks great. Glad you told us about it Flannery.


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