Some of you will recall me sharing with you last year that I almost lost a finger but saved it by getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Good news came from that unfortunate experience.
Life often gives us our stories. We bring them to life for others by writing them.
Publication life is fraught with rejections; nevertheless, this story produced two publications for me. These two publications make the point of the story even more real and robust.
- I submitted this limited-word story for a membership-only audience. It was accepted by the Story Circle Network. (See their site for a membership application, online courses, and story contests.)
- Later I fleshed out the story in full detail for a different publication opportunity. WOW! Women on Writing accepted it for their Tales from the Trenches competition and published it today. (See their site for online classes, story contests, and more.)
Both organizations are committed to the writing of women and seeing that it gets published. Don’t overlook these two online resources for writing inspiration and an opportunity to develop your craft of writing !!!
Read my story online at WOW! Women on Writing, Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute.
Editing a paragraph from my book-in-progress illustrates the kind of work entailed in revision. This is the “line edit” kind of editorial work that I do on an ongoing process with my writing partners and for myself. Continue reading “Revision: Ways to Improve my Writing”
via How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To
This blog post above by fellow writer, Helena Fairfax, has been wonderfully helpful to me in writing my novel set in India and on a ship in the Pacific and Indian oceans. As an example, I wrote a scene in the book of slaughtering a sea turtle for eating aboard ship after watching a YouTube by today’s Aboriginal Australians.
Read the scene below from my book in-progress, Salwar Kameez. I’ve added a few notes to the reader to be able to grasp who the characters are in the scene, because it is out of context for you.
SCENE from BOOK on Butchering a Sea Turtle Continue reading “Conduct Research for Scenes in Your Fiction”
I just learned about the Bechdel test (or Bechdel-Wallace test, as Bechdel prefers to call it to credit her friend, Ms. Wallace) from Andrea Lundgren’s recent blog post. This test requires in fiction or movies that 1) two women be present and named 2) talk to one another 3) about something other than a man. Continue reading “Does my novel pass the Bechdel-Wallace test?”