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July 2016

Writing Reflections

Sometimes Blue Is Blue

July 27, 2016

As much as I love a great story, I was actually never much of a fan of literature classes or the literature segments in English classes. Or maybe I should clarify and say I wasn’t much of a fan of the common teaching approach, which usually focused on a “right” way to interpret the material in a story instead of letting readers make sense of the details in whatever way felt right to them. I agree that reading is important to critical thinking, but I don’t think that means every reader has to walk away with the exact same feeling and message after reading a book. We could have had far better classroom discussions over the years if we had talked about the varying interpretations of different readers instead of focusing on teaching every student the “correct” interpretation. After all, sometimes a blue curtain is just a blue curtain.

Random Rants Writing Reflections

Passive No More

July 22, 2016

In my work as an editor, I constantly fight a battle against writers who produce content with excessive amounts of passive voice. And by excessive, I mean EXCESSIVE. I understand that using only active voice is sometimes difficult,…

Writing Reflections

Fun Writing Perspectives

July 20, 2016

For maximum impact, he really should have added, “Don’t screw with me.”                 I’m sorry. What were you saying? I don’t think I quite caught that. Exactly!    …

Writing Reflections

Moving on to Book 3

July 16, 2016

So the first two books in my dusty digital closet are published, and I’m ready to move on to polishing the third historical romance I wrote many years ago. Defying a Duke is currently a featured book…