My First Blog Award – Paying it forward

Received my first blog award. So excited. I’m happy to pay this forward to other blogs.   

Here’s how it works:       

  1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
  2. Pay it forward to fifteen other blogs you have newly discovered.
  3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they’ve been chosen.

These are my mine, in random order: 

Yes, I can count and I know that’s not 15, but I’m working on my list. Congratulations on your awesome blogs! Keep up the good work.      

Thanks Tangynt


Writer’s Bio

Any time a writer queries an editor, agent, or publishing house they should include a bio. Bios usually include publishing credits. But what do you do if you’re unpublished? Short answer: write for magazines, anthologies and/or enter contests. Short stories, articles, and placing in (or winning) contests can help writers earn publishing credentials.

I’m currently working on a short story The Killing Tree, which I plan to submit to horror/supernatural magazines and anthologies. So how do I plan to find a publisher? Writer’s Market Guide is a great resource. But I’ll most likely start with They’ve been a long time favorite of mine when searching for a place to submit my novels, short stories or finding a contest.

My short story is still in first draft stage, but that’s not going to stop me from looking for places to submit it. I even have a contest in mind already, which encourages me to finish this piece quick.

I’ll keep you posted on progress, but for now here’s a small taste from The Killing Tree:

It hangs from the strongest branch. A blue and black tattered thing. Yet, the taut rope holds steadfast – twisting when it twists, unraveling when it stops. They go after it with a baseball bat. Loud thuds carry across the meadow. Small animals long ago scurried into the brush. Only the people surrounding the tree stand witness.

And the fire. It too has a feast. Deadwood. It devours what the people offer and gives in return what they want. Warmth. Light. Smoke curls up from the flames and drifts toward the thick branch and the rope and the tattered thing.

After my writer’s group has a chance to critique this story, I’ll post more. Maybe…

Distinctive Seeds

The Distinctive Language Dos and Don’ts section is extremely helpful. Smith cautions writers against using dialect, which can annoy readers and editors alike. He also offers examples of speech mannerism which can help create a distinctive identity.

In Nicole Beck’s article A Guide to Writing Realistic Dialogue in Fiction  (, she recommends reading dialogue out loud. “To read aloud you create a detachment between your mind and the work. You’re able to edit with a little less bias. You hear what the reader reads.”

This is a technique I practice every week at my writers group — Novel Clique. It works. Sometimes things look fine in black and white on the page, but once you read it aloud, it becomes a three-dimensional thing. It’s easier to hear characters stray outside their voice, awkward dialogue and dialogue pacing.

How do you get into your character’s head to create a distinctive voice?