Saturday, February 23, 2008

Advice on Writing

If there is one piece of advice I would shout out to novice writers, it would be this: take time off from your writing to MASTER Point of View (POV) and Viewpoint. Why? Because everything in a story is affected by Point of View and Viewpoint.

The second bit of advice I would whisper to a novice writer is this: POV and Viewpoint are two separate things despite the "experts" using the terms synomymously.

Master POV and Viewpoint means fixing 90% of the problems in manuscripts that critiquers commonly point out such as show-don't-tell; omniscient narration; flat, or two-dimentional characterization; tension; suspense; ad infinitum.

Catherine McLean

Monday, February 18, 2008

Not my fault

I typed in the correct words and the preview showed everything in order, so I told the machine to save it to the Web site. However, when I checked the text on my Web site there were underscores and spaces I never typed in. And I can't get rid of them.

I think there must be some computer smerf responsible for it. You know, like the sock smerf--the one that snatches one sock out of the washer or dryer so you have socks without mates.