Tag: revising

He Said/She Sighed Part 2

I grabbed twenty books from the living room shelf, opened each to a random page, and checked out all the verbs used in dialogue. And here is what I learned: Almost all the authors used a simple “said” at least half the time. But… Continue Reading “He Said/She Sighed Part 2”

Friday Fable: The Climax that went “meh”

You may know the old tale, “The Mountain in Labour:” A magnificent mountain began to rumble one day, and it made such a mighty noise that it was heard across the land, and people came from far and wide to witness the wonder that was… Continue Reading “Friday Fable: The Climax that went “meh””

Friday Fable: The Writer and the 138,000 word manuscript

You may know the old story, The Boy and the Nuts: A child visiting a wealthy home was pleased to find on the table a jar full of nuts and figs. (This was in the days before Skittles, keep in mind.) He plunged his… Continue Reading “Friday Fable: The Writer and the 138,000 word manuscript”

Profread One Least Time

In submitting a manuscript to an American publisher last week, I wrote a cover letter mentioning that one of my books (All Good Children) was nominated for two YALSA awards. I read through the letter and manuscript excerpt, made a few revisions, proofread it a final time, and was just about… Continue Reading “Profread One Least Time”

Gum, Fries, and Unwashed Drafts

Hop over to the OWL (Outrageously Wonderful Literature from the Middle Grades) today, where teacher/blogger Jill and her 7th graders ask me the best questions ever, like: When you were in middle school, what kind of student were you? Were school lunches just as… Continue Reading “Gum, Fries, and Unwashed Drafts”

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