Category Archives: Editing

I thought everyone could write if they just sat down and put their mind to it.  As my facility for words came easily to me, I never thought it was important. A facility for manipulating numbers was of consequence, after … READ MORE »

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Proofreading Your own Work

I’ve made so many mistakes. So many.  A blush arises thinking of some that I will never share. Ever. But restricted to the area of writing, which  awful moment would I choose?  The time we were all saying snarky things about … READ MORE »

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What Do I Want To Be Good At?

I see lots of women my age trundling craft supplies into the clubhouse:  lace making, quilting, scrapbooking, card creation. I pass by hearing them laughing and having a good time. I live in a tiny mountain village in the mountains … READ MORE »

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Cop Talk

I also blog on a site called LadyKillers where the topic turned to favorite expressions of our characters. I’m not aware that the four main characters in my two series of mysteries have favorite expressions.  I’m trying and trying to … READ MORE »

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The Best Thing I Ever Wrote by Mar Preston

So far it’s the series of short eBooks on “Writing Your First Mystery.” These five eBook primers on the architecture of the mystery novel are close to the best thing I’ve written. Partly because they seem to reach out to … READ MORE »

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Perfection in Home and Word

It’s not easy selling a house or finishing another murder mystery. I find myself combing the fringe on the downstairs rug and setting up a search in Word for every time I’ve over-used the word “grin.” In short, polishing to … READ MORE »

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