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by Rebecca Kiel
June 26th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5494

Re: Reading as writers

Those are some good books in your pile. I'm re-reading parts of Stephen King's writing book (obviously because of the quotes). I am also playing with The Self-Esteem Trap by Polly Young-Eisendrath and am starting the new Madeleine Wickham book. I think writers have to read. It is a way we extend pas...
by Rebecca Kiel
June 26th, 2011, 12:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5494

Reading as writers

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." - Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Do you read as much as you write? Do you think writers ought to? Do you read as a writer? Or for pleasure? What are you reading now? Rebecca Http://r...
by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 3:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 9138

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

Watcher55, I think you are right. Adverbs are not inherently bad. They can just spoil an otherwise well-written story if overused.

Rebecca

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by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 9138

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

Margo, love that you went to your writing to check!!!
by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 1:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 9138

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

Watcher55, good business. Definitely showing.

Rebecca

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by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 1:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 9138

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

Polymath, great clarification on the types of adverbs. Thanks for contributing.
by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 12:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Old fashioned dialogue
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Re: Old fashioned dialogue

I would research dialect and speech patterns on the time period I would like to mimic. This would give me enough information to have some depth to what I am choosing so that it doesn't come across sounding transparent. I have done this in flashback scenes that go pretty far back. I'm pretty sure my ...
by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 12:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where do you get your story ideas?
Replies: 27
Views: 10040

Re: Where do you get your story ideas?

They just hit. Ususally late at night or when I first wake up. Then I jot them down, file them away, and let them sit until I am moving on to my next project. By the time I get back to the file, the good ones have risen to the top.

Rebecca

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by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 12:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's Your Genre?
Replies: 46
Views: 10274

Re: What's Your Genre?

Commercial women's fiction. Love it.

Rebecca

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by Rebecca Kiel
June 23rd, 2011, 12:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 9138

Those ghastly -ly words

"The adverb is not your friend." - Stephen King, On writing: A Memoir of the Craft Never use adverbs in dialogue. (as in "He said loudly.") Adverbs weaken descriptions. (as in "She closed the door loudly.") Adverbs tell, they don't show. We have heard it all. Agents, editors, and seasoned writers s...
by Rebecca Kiel
June 9th, 2011, 11:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Female Characters
Replies: 39
Views: 5881

Re: Female Characters

I would spend time thinking about what motivates women. Develop more history for your female characters so you have a sense of from where they come. What do they want out of life, what are their hang ups, what are their relationships like?

Rebecca

Http://rebeccakielpages.blogspot.com
by Rebecca Kiel
June 9th, 2011, 11:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's Your Genre?
Replies: 46
Views: 10274

Re: What's Your Genre?

I write commercial women's fiction. I make a point read outside of my genre in addition to women's fiction. I think it's in the best interest of my work.

Rebecca

Http://rebeccakielpages.blogspot.com
by Rebecca Kiel
June 2nd, 2011, 11:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Making Time to Write
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Re: Making Time to Write

I am in the "write whenever I can" camp. While this usually happens at night after the kids are asleep, I definitely grab moments here and there to jot notes. I dream of having a regular schedule. until then, my schedule is "anytime"!


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by Rebecca Kiel
May 29th, 2011, 7:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Making Time to Write
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Re: Making Time to Write

Aimee, I too get ideas at night. Just as I am settling in, an idea will come to me. Then i jump out of bed, jot it down, and climb back in. Some night I reach for a pen four or five times before I am able to sleep. This is actually how my MS got started!
by Rebecca Kiel
May 28th, 2011, 5:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Making Time to Write
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Making Time to Write

It's 9:04 PM. My daughter, who could not sleep, just went to bed. I have four baskets of clean laundry to put away, bills to pay, and a pile of dishes in the sink. I need to write. I want to write. But after a day of juggling the lives of four family members – play dates, lessons, errands, work - an...