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Kill Your Darlings, or Let Others Kill Them For You

I wrote this article for last month’s “Coffee Shop for the Fantasy Society” Newsletter (aka “Dragon Scroll”) and just thought I’d put it up here, just in case it turns out to be helpful to anyone. Perhaps it will strike up a discussion, who knows?

Here goes…

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So. You’ve finally finished that manuscript. You’ve worked on it long and hard hours. You’ve studied the craft of writing a novel and applied it every which way to your amazing story. You’ve developed amazing characters that everyone will love … Well, maybe not everyone. Let’s be real here. This is real life. Everyone is different. Not everyone is going to like what you’ve written. But a good many will if you do have that great story and wonderful characters. How do you create those? Well, I can’t tell you that. There is a huge range of advice out there. But I still think there is a certain je ne c’est que about the characters I have totally fallen in love with.

But back to that manuscript. Are you going to send it out to agents? Unsolicited to publishers? Or are you going to self-publish? Self-publishing? Great. Self-pubbing is really taking off. And you can

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[Music] I Love Randomness

For me, driving to work takes approximately 15mins, after dropping the toddler off. Yep, 15mins… and that’s pretty much right across town. That’s Dunedin for ya! I get frustrated when traffic is moving at 40K/H. Honestly, I have no idea how people cope with actual traffic jams.

Anyway, I have an MP3 disc in my car that I just have on random all the time, and I just felt like sharing what I got this morning…

I heard a total of three songs on my way to work…

First up, was

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Six Sentence Sunday – Facing Death #SixSunday

Hey all! Giving Six Sentence Sunday another blast.

Anyway, with Healer’s Touch due to be released early next year, I thought I might work on garnering some interest.

A brief background: Llew’s friend’s employer was found dead, but when the law (Farries) captured him, he pointed the finger at Llew, sending them both to the hangman’s noose.

If you trusted them, if you let your heart rest with them, they left,

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Six Sentence Sunday – The Lady #SixSunday

Hey all! Giving Six Sentence Sunday another blast.

Anyway, with Healer’s Touch due to be released early next year, I thought I might work on garnering some interest.

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Horsey Fun & I Suck At Stuff

Do you know how many times I hovered over the WordPress drop down menu and clicked on the link to go to my home page, rather than going one step further to click on the link to create a new post? Five or six. I didn’t think it was important enough to start counting… maybe even seven. Enough times, anyway, to put my head in my hands. Yes, yes I did…

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I did a Guest Post! Go visit!

English: Steampunk image of author G. D. Falks...
English: Steampunk image of author G. D. Falksen Français : Photo de l’auteur G. D. Falksen habillé en style Steampunk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey everybody. I did a little Guest Post slot for my writer/blogger friend, Chris Stocking. He has a real talent for prolific writing and has dabbled in Fantasy, Sci Fi, and is now delving into Steampunk with his London Darkness series. In the lead up to his second book in the series coming out (currently expected to be released at the start of 2013), Chris is running a series of blog posts called “Steampunk Saturdays”. This week, I took a turn, so, Check it out!