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Thank you George. I have a Kindle for pc and now have it there. Hopefully I'll get to it before summer's end. I have to proof my husband's book first.
Congratulations, George!

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The mosquitoes are so bad in the Houston area this year, they had to call out the SWAT team!
George!! Have you no shame? Although, those pesky vampires are bad here in Houston. A swarm of the critters carried off my dog, Quito. I really miss Quito.
In my otherwise boring day of calling people all day, this made me LOL! keep 'em 'comin'
I did a theatrical performance once, on puns. It never won any awards or wound up on Broadway, or anything. It was just a play on words.
Even though it is being given away for FREE to Kindle owners this weekend, it was pretty cool to see my novel listed in the top 100 for suspense on Amazon.com. The Falcon and His Desert Rose was #3 at 8:45 this morning. Number 1 in France, Germany, and Spain, and number 12 in Great Britain.
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And that helps you when it stops being free. Puts you up where people can find you in the huge mess of books.
Yesterday I introduced Rhiannon Frater at the Houston Writers Guild's spring Writers Conference. She has penned 3 zombie novels, all optioned for film! She started out self-publishing. Today, I met and introduced Ken Atchity, an agent and major force in the film industry who searches for stories that would be right for the big screen. Oh, yeah, I sold some books, too!

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books, which is almost the same thing.

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Can I use that line? I love it
Another issue I struggle with during production of a novel, is when to rewrite. I have a tendency to write a chapter and then rewrite it until I feel good about it. Then, I write another chapter or two and repeat the process. The problem is that I wear myself out doing rewrites and never get the story finished. I think it is better to just blow through the whole novel, get it all down, and save it before the rewriting starts. Problem is, I can't make myself do that.
George-That is why I did the NaNo in Nov. I started to rewrite and now I have lost interest in the story. It seems to convoluted. But writing straight through to the end was exciting, knowing I didn't have to be perfect but get the story written. next time I am going to do a story more in my familiar genre and I will want to do the rewrite. I have worked on it, but my insecurities keep blindsiding me. *Smile*
Valarie-I started to do that too, but I didn't want to end up short of words and time by doing that, so I only did mass misspelling as I went.
"Had" is bad. Had is another word that can kill your chance of catching a literary agenet's eye, or winning serious literary contests. The word "had" removes the reader from being "in the moment" with the character. EXAMPLE: Bob had thought about dating Amy, but her beauty intimidated him.

If I had written Bob thought about dating Amy...we would be reading about what Bob is doing rather than what he did.
Additionally, many young writers write "in the past" only because they aren't aware of how much more impact their story might have if it were presented in the present. Readers prefer to be in the moment with the character, whenever it is appropriate.
I agree, I have that one on my list. I think it is about limiting the use of these words where we can. Over usage is the problem and it shows a lazy writer. It is a problem I constantly battle. (I just removed a couple of haves and reworded this)
Bob wants to ...or Bob toys with the thought
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many literary rules are being broken by newly published (usually self-published, or YA authors). Hiring a professional editor is expensive, and writing well isn't a byproduct of becoming an eloquent orator. When you read successful novels that overuse, or inappropriately employ the dreaded words "was" and "had," don't assume that means you should follow suit. In this electronic age of abbreviated, instant communication, wrong may go uncorrected, but that doesn't make it right.
*Thumbsup**Thumbsup* Amen!
many of the classics have tons of errors that wouldn't escape the sharp eye of a good, modern day editor. Without the internet, or readinly handy dictionaries, words were often misspelled and facts were frequently misrepresented. But in most cases they did pretty well for the limited resources they had at their disposal. These days, we have few excuses for our errors.
I'm no genius, ask my wife, but I've learned a lot from the live critique groups offered by The Houston Writers Guild. My skin got thicker, and my writing improved. This weekend, I will again serve as MC @ the annual spring writers conference, sponsored by The Houston Writers Guild. Conferences like this, where literary agents come to teach and find new authors to represent, can help you make the quantum leap you need to become published. Check out The Houston Writers Guild website.
Someof the best advice I got came from two professionals I met via twitter. One is an editor for a small publishing company. She bought one of my self pubbed stories and wrote me to say how much she liked it. She also let me know what needed fixed. I still make mistakes, but thanks to her, I am making less. The other woman is a cover artist/author and designed one of my covers. She always lets me know when I am becoming passive, which is a big problem for me.
For the first 8 years of what I refer to as my literary life, I killed any chance of publication by not employing the suggestions of the greatest authors to have ever picked up a pen. EXAMPLE: Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain.

Today "damn" isn't deleted, but the point is that "very" is a useless word. Be descriptive enough, and you lose the need for "very".

Wow-another good tip. I found this to be damn interesting information. Thanks again, George.
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