Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Helpful and Fun Writing Test and Space Food Sticks

A Facebook friend shared a Helen Sword's (she has a cool name) site, The Writer's Diet.

No, it has nothing to do with eating fewer carbs while crafting mysteries, consuming dark chocolate while writing romance, nor chewing on Space Food Sticks while writing science fiction. Does anybody besides me remember Space Food Sticks?

The site deals with slimming down or tightening up your writing.

I used the Writer's Diet test to find out if various scenes in my WIP are fit or flabby. I got mixed results. Some scenes were fitter than others.

Among other things, test counts your "to be" verbs and how many times you used it, this, that and there. It rates each category and highlights words you may want to think about.

By all means, you shouldn't blindly delete any words, but consider rewording sentences. I found it helpful, and I revised a bit based on my results. However, I could not revise much in the scene that scored rather badly. To change much of the wording would alter the nuances in the dialogue and narration.

So, overall, the Writer's Diet test is helpful, and I'll bet the author's book by the same name, would be valuable for any writer.

By the way, this post's overall rating was "needs toning."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Short Story Collection Review: The New Death and Others

Today I'm here to tell you about James Hutchings' e-book, The New Death and Others. This is a huge collection of short stories and poems. If you like bizarre, witty, dark humor, check it out. Did you know the Ninth Deadly Sin is saying 'lol' out loud?  And the McDonald's in hell constantly has eight separate toddlers' birthday parties happening at once?

Short story collections are great to have in your e-reader, waiting for you when you have a few moments on your coffee break, lunchtime, or anytime. These ones will make you laugh and make you think. Some of them will absolutely surprise you!

Hutchings is full of imagination and wit. At only 99¢, his e-book is a bargain! Get these twisted tales today!

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Donate to a worthy cause while reading a fantasy story by Karina Fabian

Enjoy some fantasy and help victims of the Colorado fires. Author Karina Fabian is putting up a story called "Coyote Fires" chapter by chapter. Here's the link to the site. On the side bar you'll find a donation button. All of the money goes to the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Red Cross.

Why not go over and donate. It's simple and painless. In fact, it's fun because you get to read a fantasy story! :) You get to feel good about helping people while sitting back, sipping a cup of tea, and reading.

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