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Short & Sweet

I am deeply into my second aTwitMystery story, this one titled "A Hitman's Lot." It brings an old writing task to mind.

The term "tightening up" a story or scene is easy to understand. It is getting from point A to point B with fewer words. It is an editorial comment still aimed in my direction on occasion. If you find yourself in similar straits in your rejection mail, try writing your story as a series of tweets on Twitter. You simply can't do those page-long blocks of description in 140 character squirts (including spaces). I'm having a lot of fun with aTwitMystery, but it is scary. It's writing with the readers looking over your shoulder, and commenting, going into publication with each tweet. I originally did this to bring folks to my website, and it is doing that. However, the twit story genre is the writing equivalent of doing improv.
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Trying Something New

For the past few days I've been trying out a new genre/format/kind of writing I've been planning ever since I first heard about Twitter. It's written by a hitman who fills in his odd moments on the job tweeting to his followers his current status and the events of the day. He  Read More 
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Nuts, Bolts & Laughs

There are many works that helped me along the road to authorhood, but the first of these was Harry Harrison's BILL THE GALACTIC HERO. I had been in the Army and was an avid science-fiction reader, and BILL satirizes both. I laughed until I hurt, and when I was finished reading Harry's book, I  Read More 
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Pet Peeve #1

When I guest lectured at the Odyssey workshop a few weeks ago, I was asked by one of the student what my pet peeves are regarding writing. I went through my list of anti-vibes: Telling instead of showing, starts slowed by set-ups and lectures, ginormous blocks of description, etc. It wasn't until I was  Read More 
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Ideas and Other Obligations

Up to my ears in overhauling the Webmansion, yet those pesky story ideas keep intruding on relearning the composing program, capturing icons, getting postings straight, reformatting countless pages, etc., etc. I caught myself putting one such idea aside, assuring myself that I would remember it later when I had completed the mind-numbing website repair  Read More 
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Why This Blog?

I have two great loves I plan to honor through this experiment: Writing and teaching writing. Two lesser affections, reading awareness and chewing the fat about the writing art/business, will creep in here and there. Your comments, questions, and suggestions are solicited, and those deemed useful will appear here. If you have something  Read More 
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