#IWSG Follow-up & New Writing Exercises

Hey folks, here’s a quick round up of some of the visitors I received from last week’s Insecure Writer’s Group Post:

James Pailly came over from Planet Pailly, which combines post about real science with a love for science fiction.

M.J. Fifield posted a quick comment, and it turns out she has a book out called Effigy that looks great.

Shari Elder writes steamy genre romances such as Race to Redemption and seems to be quite active in the IWSG.

Arlee Bird of Blogging from A-to-Z fame stopped by. I’m sorry to say my participation is still a “maybe” this year as editing my novel takes priority.

I also had quite a few visitors hop over to my other blog, which was nice to see. The rendition of Far Flung over there is due for some big changes, the first of which is coming very soon – the currently-available version won’t be there much longer.

Thank you to all who visited, and I hope my new series of writing exercises proves of some use to my visitors. I love you, IWSG and all my readers.

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Strategies to copy edit

I’ve been following the blog Writer Dissection, and I’m finding the advice fairly well-thought out and useful. The author, Alissa Berger, has a lot to say on topics such as characterization and editing, and she provides many useful resources.

Here’s a nice post from her about some of the tricks used in cleaning up your writing work for submission:

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If I were a pathological liar, I would tell you that copy editing is when you clone yourself, manipulate your genetics, then step back and see the effect it has on your double. But, I’m not. And we’re not even up to that point yet (i.e. cloning humans). But, you should still know how to copy edit.

Strategy #1 CUPS!

CUPS is an acronym that goes like this:

C – capitalization

U – usage

P – punctuation

S – spelling

This method encourages a series of passes rather than edits by the reader, and usually works by writing CUPS vertically in the top right hand side of your first page. Once you completed one step, you write your initials as to not forget you checked that. This works good in elementary classrooms, but this will work just as good for you.

As extra resources, I always recommend the Purdue OWL. They have a lot…

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CUTHBERT’S COLD HANDS

Easily one of the most enjoyable blogs on my reading list, and this poem shows some of the eclectic brilliance found there.

- MIKE STEEDEN -

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Cuthbert was cursed with very cold hands

Even upon a hot summer’s day

His mitts could warm up an ice bucketed beer

And warm beer is undrinkable they say

As for the gals poor Cuthbert despaired

Not a lass would give him time of day

For when his hands roamed beneath a t-shirt

They always said ‘no’ not ‘OK’

Yet Cuthbert’s luck was shortly to change

When an Inuit girl caught his eye

He determined that she would be used to the cold

And if he touched her she wouldn’t cry

How cruel life can be for Cuthbert you see

Was arrested for common assault

In his keenness to ‘touch’ he quite forgot

His lack of manners was a dangerous fault

As the judge pointed out, “Cold hands or not

A lady prefers to be wooed

And just because she’s from the frozen north

Don’t you think she found cold…

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Feb 4th: Wednesday Night Writing Group!

I’m really looking forward to this! It’s long past time I got another publication out there.

The Busan Writing Group

It’s the first Wednesday of February!  We’ll be meeting at MoMo’s cafe in Oncheonjeong at 7pm.

It’s become crunch time for our upcoming publication!  We will be discussing formatting and content:

Hopefully we will be able to address the following topics:

1. Sequence and formatting of our book.

2. A suitable title

3. Author bios, and bio blurbs for Busan Writing Group in general

4. Cover art and other aesthetics.

RSVP on Facebook HERE 

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