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Friday Update

The 100 degree weather here in Texas took a day off which broke the string of days in a row.  The streak stopped at 40.  I figured since we had suffered enough with this heat, we should have at least gotten a record out of it.  We may get a few days before the 100 […]

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Titles

How do you title your book or story?  Does it come first or later?  For the most part, my titles seem to come first.  It gives me a lead into the story and helps keep me focused.  It surprises me that none of the review or checklists refer to them.  I think they are critical. […]

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Mechanics/Presentation

This is the last item on the manuscript checklist.  The reviewer was looking for neatness, compliance with the submissions guidelines, and errors.  This was the only section that I actually scored a perfect 10. Make sure you read the directions and follow them before you submit anything.  I entered a contest not too long ago […]

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Technique/Style

Let’s get back to this manuscript checklist I started many weeks ago.  There were ten items on a checklist given to me when my book was reviewed for a contest:  synopsis, hook, structure, characters, conflict, dialogue, setting, plotting, technique/style and mechanics/presentation. Under technique/style, the reviewer was looking at the author’s skillful use of language and […]

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Hook

In my research, I found a book called “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell in the library.  In it, I finally found some help with writing a hook.  He suggests that the opening line of your hook include the name of your character and that something is happening or about to happen.  The readers […]

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Back to work

I’m back from vacation and feel refreshed.  I needed a chance for my mind to rest.  I’ll resume the checklist tomorrow since I had a time to do some research on writing. I drove across country and had a chance to see this beautiful land.  I was on Interstate 20 so I saw the flooding […]

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Plotting

This is the 8th item on the manuscript checklist.  The reviewer was looking for a unique and intriguing plot line, if it was plausible, consistent, clear and concise. This seems to be to be pretty basic.  Do you have a good story?  I like to include elements of surprise in mine.  It keeps me on […]

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Setting

Item number 7 in the manuscript checklist was setting.  The reviewer was looking for a clear and vivid description of where and when the story took place, if it was appropriate and if it enhanced the story. I’ve discussed the setting in my book previously.  I made it up.  It’s an island lost in time […]

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Dialogue

Dialogue is the sixth item on the manuscript checklist.  It applies to external and internal dialogues.  Is it smooth and natural?  Is it credible?  Does it help the characters?  If no dialogue exists, how does the story make the thoughts and actions clear? In the work I presented, I had a scene where my character […]

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Conflict

The manuscript checklist had conflict as the fifth item to review.  In particular, they were looking to see if the conflict was original and credible, if it was strong enough to move the story without being distracting and if it was free from predictability. Nothing surprising here, but I once again go back to a […]

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