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MAD’s first rule of writing - Write Every Day

I do a lot of speaking engagements, and one question is asked the most; “What is your number one piece of advice for struggling writers?”

 

The answer is simple; write every day.

 

Now, this may sound simplistic, but it is the truth.

 

Writing a novel is a monumental task! Even if you keep it brief, and only write some 80,000 words for your manuscrīpt, that is still a huge task. As the average fantasy novel is 120,000 to 300,000 words, the task grows exponentially.<...Read more

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MAD’s writing rules – Read this First

Hello! Welcome to my blog about writing.

 

I have been writing for years now, and as I have delved deeper and deeper into this profession I have received more and more questions about how I do things and advice on what others should do. So, because I have nothing to do all day long (laugh, that is a joke. I am very busy.) I decided to start a blog and share some advice with other writers.

 

My hope is that something written here will help some poor writer out there. And a poor writer they ...Read more

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MAD’s sixth writing rule – Adverbs, Adverbs, Everywhere

So, most people know what an adverb is. They are words that modify other words.

 

They can modify a verb – She walked to the door . (How did she walk to the door?)

They can modify an adverb – She walked slowly down the hall. (How slowly did she walk?)

They can modify an adjective – She rode a fast horse. (How fast was her horse?)

 

Basically, adverbs tell when, where and why something is happening.

 

The most common ones are what we in ...Read more

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MAD’s fifth rule of writing – Show don’t Tell

So, meat and potatoes – meat and potatoes. The wait is over. Let’s get down to brass tacks. (I am sure if I work at it I could come up with a few more cliché’s.)

 

If you have been keeping score you will remember that the biggest reason why manuscrīpts are rejected by the industry is that they just are not publishable by the standards of today. But what are those standards?

 

If you have done even a small amount of homework, you have no doubt been given a laundry list of writing ru...Read more

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MAD’s fourth rule of Writing – Class is in Session

So, great, write every day, be confident that I can become published and be confident that my story is one that will entertain others. So…?

 

Still don’t know where to start, huh?

 

Well, I am assuming that that is why you are here. Reading anything and everything you can get your hands on that may help you cut through all the malarkey that you have heard about what the correct way to write is and how if you do it that other way you will never get published.

 

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MAD’s third rule of writing – Writing with Confidence (Part II)

So write every day with the confidence that you can get published if you just learn the craft well enough. Great. But that is not all the confidence that you need.

 

The second utilization of this word is writing with the confidence that people will like what you are writing.

 

You must believe in your story. If you do not, no one else will.

 

Mull the story over in your mind. Draw it out in diagram form on a dry erase board. Talk it through with a...Read more

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MAD’s second rule of writing – Writing with Confidence (Part I)

Other than not having time – family, job, spouse, friends, hobbies, etc., all take time away from being able to write – the second largest hurdle for a writer to overcome is confidence.

 

And, I am speaking of two distinctly different utilizations of this word.

 

The first is the confidence that you will ever become published. The second is writing with the confidence that you are doing so in a manner that will lend itself to becoming published.

 

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MAD’s sixth writing rule – Adverbs, Adverbs, Everywhere

So, most people know what an adverb is. They are words that modify other words.

 

They can modify a verb – She walked to the door . (How did she walk to the door?)

They can modify an adverb – She walked slowly down the hall. (How slowly did she walk?)

They can modify an adjective – She rode a fast horse. (How fast was her horse?)

 

Basically, adverbs tell when, where and why something is happening.

 

The most common ones are what we in ...Read more

almost 11 years ago 0 likes  0 comment  0 shares

MAD’s fifth rule of writing – Show don’t Tell

So, meat and potatoes – meat and potatoes. The wait is over. Let’s get down to brass tacks. (I am sure if I work at it I could come up with a few more cliché’s.)

 

If you have been keeping score you will remember that the biggest reason why manuscrīpts are rejected by the industry is that they just are not publishable by the standards of today. But what are those standards?

 

If you have done even a small amount of homework, you have no doubt been given a laundry list of writing ru...Read more

almost 11 years ago 0 likes  0 comment  0 shares

MAD’s fourth rule of writing – Class is in Session

So, great, write every day, be confident that I can become published and be confident that my story is one that will entertain others. So…?

 

Still don’t know where to start, huh?

 

Well, I am assuming that that is why you are here. Reading anything and everything you can get your hands on that may help you cut through all the malarkey that you have heard about what the correct way to write is and how if you do it that other way you will never get published.

 

...Read more

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