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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @jefro_net Ditto, mine is great, but seems to be missing a little. #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat If my kids cooperate! :)
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon Yes! #editingchat
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    Ben Reynolds
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    @VictoriaMixon Thanks for that Victoria -the closest I’ve come to a writing class #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Do you guys want to do this again next week? #editingchat \ Yep.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    You can think about it & drop me a line later if you like. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Do you guys want to do this again next week? #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Yes, thank you very much! Very interesting.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    De nachos! @mterrygreen Thanks mucho! #editingchat
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    jefro_net
    jefro_net jefro_net
    I wish my writing classes had been anything like #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Write toward your Climax, people. Always write toward your Climax. You can figure out the Resolution when you get there. #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon That was amazing! Great points to remember about development. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon It’s been like a writing class. Thanks mucho! #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon Ah! And there’s much more interest as well! #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Any last thoughts? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Now our hour is up, & it’s possible someone else is waiting to use the #editingchat phone line.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Then when the child is born, then in the Climax *kidnapped* the reader is sucker-punched. #editingchat #omgtheygotthekid!
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So the pregnancy/child subplot seems like an interesting issue, but not the main one, to the reader. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Yes, your work is making the char’s need to redeem his death the reader’s need as well. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: We’re crossing wires w/someone else here. It’s suddenly a party-line. #editingchat \ Nachos and jelly beans brought them.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    We’re crossing wires w/someone else here. It’s suddenly a party-line. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And this gives you your story: your story is the story of her involvement w/the revolution. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: need to stick with revolution, to redeem fiance’s death. #editingchat \ They gave up everything for it. He died for it.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    B/c the reader already has that overwhelming need to save your own child. We get taught that by society. #editingchat
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    Shonika Proctor
    teenbizcoach Shonika Proctor
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    @ApothecaryJeri He is in NYC???? He is going hard like that….very awesome!!! So proud of that guy. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    . . .the overwhelming need to stick with that revolution, to redeem that fiance’s death. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But if you want to write such a story, you need to focus on creating in the reader (the reader! not just the char!). . . #editingchat
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    ApothecaryJeri
    ApothecaryJeri ApothecaryJeri
    @teenbizcoach LOL yes indeed! He’s based out of NYC these days~comes back monthly for FamilyHemerlein at GibsonGuitar Showroom #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Yes, it’s always terrible to do bad things to good chars. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So you have to create a situation in which her attachment to the revolution really is that powerful & believable to the reader. #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @mterrygreen @VictoriaMixon #editingchat LOL! :) Great minds… ;)
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Be aware that saving your child’s life is a no-brainer for most readers. That’s #1 priority. #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon Yes, I think that’s where I was having a horrible time, torturing people. I like her! #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    OH. The child is kidnapped, & she has to choose btwn saving child & staying on whatever course toward forgiveness she’s on. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @righter1: @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Walk away from the cause. \ Jinx!
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    There’s a good one! #editingchat leave the revolution
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Walk away from the cause that killed the fiancé. She probably wouldn’t be able to forgive herself, but save kid.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Do you see how creating that terrible dilemma, that nightmare choice, is what drives your reader to read your entire novel? #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon if the child disappeared, was kidnapped #editingchat (yes, I’m a horrible person)
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: inescapable choice? @megcarpen save the child, make life easier #editingchat \ Leave the revolution her fiance died for.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    @mterrygreen I know you do–we all do. That’s why we read stories! To get to the punchline. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Yes, mysteries are fab for this stuff. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    How could you do that to her? create that inescapable choice? @megcarpen save the child, make life easier #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon Forgot to add #editingchat. I write mysteries. I love putting my characters in peril! #evillaugh
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But first let’s brainstorm choices. In what way cd she EITHER redeem his death OR be forgiven, but not both? #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon so she has a choice, save the child, or make life easier on herself #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: You really want to get straight to that Resolution! :) #editingchat \ I think I’d really just like to know what it is!
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    Fellow writers: @VictoriaMixon answering Qs about editing for 10 more minutes. Listen in with #editingchat. #selfpublishing #epublishing
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Y’all are really optimistic little chipmunks, aren’t you? You really want to get straight to that Resolution! :) #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But you must know you’re going to force her into that situation. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    You don’t have to know how she’s going to resolve it right now. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: only way to earn forgiveness from herself/her child is give up hope of redeeming his death? #editingchat \ I vote for this.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    That moment of facing her worst nightmare, the choice she simply can’t face, is the Climax of your story. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    She must face that choice. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Remember Sophie’s Choice? Every single protagonist comes to a place where they must choose. #editingchoice
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Or, conversely, the only way to earn forgiveness from herself/her child is to give up hope of redeeming his death? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What if the only way to redeem her fiance’s death is to give up hope her child will ever forgive her? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    There’s a good one–in risking her own life, she risks not being forgiven. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon She has to choose between forgiveness and the life of the child. What mechanism would accomplish it? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What’s her choice b/twn either raising the child or sacrificing herself for it? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But we have to. Otherwise, the Resolution won’t have real meaning. #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Put her own life in danger, thus risking the child (if unborn) and not being able to receive forgiveness.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    See, we’re running toward the Resolution w/o facing the Climax. This is very common. We don’t want to wreck the chars lives. #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon raising his child, or sacrificing herself for the child. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Possibly. @mterrygreen But that’s Resolution, which we don’t need to do yet. 1st we need to find the worst thing to do to her. #editingchat
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    Keri Schneider
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    @mterrygreen Ooh, I like that! #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon she needs to be in a situation where she realizes that she has to forgive herself, he willingly died for her #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What could offer her redemption of her fiance’s death? that he did not die in vain? #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Possibly she grows beyond need for forgiveness in her efforts to save the child. Learns something of herself. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    . . .if she chooses the child’s survival over it. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And that something has to involve this need for forgiveness, her facing she may never get that forgiveness. . . #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon she can’t let the fiance’s death be in vain, she feels she owes him #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Well, if survival is one issue, then something has to threaten that survival, yes? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    She needs forgiveness for fiance’s death. She needs the child to survive. What situation would force her to choose? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So more than her own survival, she needs her child to survive? #editingchat loss of the child
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @megcarpen: @VictoriaMixon The loss of the child, and never forgiving herself? #editingchat \ And the child may blame her as well?
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon The loss of the child, and never forgiving herself? #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @mterrygreen @righter1 @VictoriaMixon It’s an idea I’ve been playing with. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What is the one thing she absolutely cannot face and still meet both needs? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What’s her worst nightmare, given these 2 needs? #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @megcarpen: @righter1 @VictoriaMixon That’s a good one. Herself #editingchat \ I hope somebody writes this!
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And she’s trapped b/twn those two overpowering needs. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So she’s got two needs: she needs forgiveness for the death of the fiance (father of child?) & also needs to survive revolution #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @righter1 @VictoriaMixon That’s a good one. Herself #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Exactly. #editingchat the fiance
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Fabulous–our worst enemies are always ourselves. #editingchat Herself.
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon the fiance ;) #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Herself.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Excellent. Someone died. Who died? #editingchat #hintseefirstsentence
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Anybody–from whom does she need forgiveness? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Yes, that’s the next question, depending upon whom she needs it from. #editingchat why can’t she get it?
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Whom does she need forgiveness from? #editingchat \ Someone who’s died in the revolution.
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: And why can’t she get it? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Whom does she need forgiveness from? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    She needs forgiveness b/c she can’t get it, right? Otherwise it wdn’t be an issue. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And she’s hungry. #editingchat #allrightyouguyswiththenachos
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So let’s play w/this: she needs forgiveness–she’s losing herself in guilt–& she also needs to survive. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @keriflur: @VictoriaMixon She needs to survive without losing herself #editingchat | Ooooh, *nice*.
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @mterrygreen @VictoriaMixon Nachos! That would be great! #editingchat I write about food when I’m hungry
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    Keri Schneider
    keriflur Keri Schneider
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    @VictoriaMixon She needs to survive without losing herself #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
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    @VictoriaMixon I think that’s where I’m running into issues, it/she is not well defined. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So she feels guilty for what’s happened? #editingchat forgiveness
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @mterrygreen #editingchat I’ve been able to work on other projects, but my main focus has been this one WIP. I want it done! :)
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Anybody can answer what the woman needs. We’re just playing around here. #editingchat \ Needs forgiveness (and nachos).
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Is that what went flying past? @mterrygreen #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Anybody can answer what the woman needs. We’re just playing around here. #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon Ah! I have that in a box somewhere (recently moved). I don’t think I ever finished reading it! Time to dig… #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @righter1: I heard that. I’m generally ready to chuck the WIP across the street rather than start work on the cover. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    @shanearthur I don’t remember. Try here: http://victoriamixon.com/advice #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    @righter1 Bird by Bird, her one book on writing. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    What does that woman *need*, with all her soul, above all other things? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Fab, @megcarpen #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon What book does Ms. Lamott discuss that in? I don’t think I’ve read about “downdraft” & “updraft.” #editingchat
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    shanearthur
    shanearthur shanearthur
    #editingchat @VictoriaMixon u mentioned on a Larry Brook post a book where author got everything right. Care to share book list here?
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    Megan Carpenter
    megcarpen Megan Carpenter
    A young woman, faced with a revolution, the death of a fiance, and birth of her child, survives #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon I’m on either my 6th or 7th draft, which I’ve been working on for 5 years. Can you say “tired”? ;) #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    In fact, I was at a Writers Club mtg last night, & I think we heard the 1st draft of that chapter. #editingchat #reallybad
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Hemingway rewrote one 1st chapter 50 times. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Anne Lamott talks about the downdraft & the updraft. She forgets to mention the updraft can go into dozens of revisions. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Gosh, a whole lot more than they think they’ll need. @righter1 #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Come on, you guys. Let’s walk on the wild side. Just make something up. #editingchat
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    Liberty Speidel
    righter1 Liberty Speidel
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat How many drafts do you usually see people writing before they’re ready for publication?
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Want to demonstrate? #editingchat No pressure. Subtracting hashtags and such, my story gets about 100 letters.
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    jefro_net
    jefro_net jefro_net
    @VictoriaMixon that sounds like a challenge… re can talk to you about your story based on a single sentence #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Want to demonstrate? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Although that’s the sentence that’s often the hardest (and most important) to come up with. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Well, I can talk to you about your story based on a single sentence. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon How detailed a plot, outline, synopsis is necessary for developmental editing? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But I do get queries from writers who don’t know how to write their book & think all they need’s quick copy edit b/f publicatn #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    The more writers learn about developmental & what it is, they more queries I get from writers who know where their ms stands. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    I find myself often in the role of having to tell writers who query me for copy editing that they need developmental help first #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Oooh, good question. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon The role you find yourself in most often: copy, line, developmental? The role you find writers need the most? #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    “same of themselves”: sake, of course. #editoreditthyself #editingchat
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    theOffice
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    RT @mterrygreen Fellow writers: @VictoriaMixon is answering questions about editing. Listen in with #editingchat #selfpublishing
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    So even in Twitter, the best-read writers are the ones writing for their readers. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    The ones nobody follows are the ones who think it’s about sharing themselves for the same of themselves. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    You know, the most successful tweeters are the ones who are always, always aware they’re writing for their readers. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    There are forums where you can get some moderation to keep the trolls under control, but there are many where you can’t. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon: blindness to the distinction b/twn writer & reader. #editingchat It’s blurring as we speak (tweet).
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    Victoria Mixon
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    So you write whatever you want & put it out there on a forum, & if readers don’t like it you get trolly & pick a fight. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    The problem with much of the online writing community is an uneducated blindness to the distinction b/twn writer & reader. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    It’s really kind of a mosh-pit in some places. This is fun for many, but unrelated to producing readable stories. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @VictoriaMixon: Re: Pratt–Let’s go ahead & grease that slide, shall we? #editingchat Hopefully not, but I don’t think he’s alone.
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    Victoria Mixon
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    Things are crazy in the blogosphere. The forums often bring quality down to a all-time low while exaggerating the worst of ego. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Re: Pratt–Let’s go ahead & grease that slide, shall we? Shoop all our expectations straight down the toilet ASAP. @mterrygreen #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    Fellow writers: @VictoriaMixon is answering questions about editing. Listen in with #editingchat. #selfpublishing #epublishing #indieauthor
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    Totally agree. RT @VictoriaMixon: It is our reason for living, baby. | I’ve got to wonder about how hard we chase “quality”. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    It is our reason for living, baby. @mterrygreen I’ve got to wonder about how hard we chase “quality”, whatever that is. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Hi Meg! #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    How lovely for him. @mterrygreen Pratt has found an audience with a self-acknowledged lack of some writing skills. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    I’ve got to wonder about how hard we chase “quality”, whatever that is. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And I’d quote him again, the same quote I tweeted yesterday, except I left my copy of On Becoming a Novelist downstairs. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    But of course John Gardner was talking about this already in the early 1970s. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    Pratt has found an audience with a self-acknowledged lack of some writing skills. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    It’s really not that hard to write up to today’s publishing standards if you’re willing to ape the cheapest tricks out there. #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    This is more a reflection of the times than of their skills, I’m afraid. #editingchat
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    Megan Carpenter
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    I’m having internet connection issues (my whole area is), but I’m as here as I can be! #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    I’m sorry, I don’t know Brian Pratt. Sure, you’ll always hear people say, “*I* don’t need an editor.” #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Case by case or in general? Case by case you get people like Hocking who learned to write pretty good & chose a superhot genre. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat Thinking Brian Pratt in this interview w/ Mark Coker who never used a professional editor: http://bit.ly/dMH9T8
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    M. Terry Green
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    @VictoriaMixon #editingchat What about self-publishing successes who have never used an editor? Did they take the long but cheap road?
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    Did you all bring your fussing, cussing, lying, cheating, stepping on people’s feet? #editingchat Let’s boogie all night long.
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    “I used to lie. I used to cheat. I used to lie, cheat, & step on people’s feet. But now I’m saved, saved, saved.” #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    “I used to fuss. I used to cuss. I used to fuss, cuss, & boogie all night long. But now I’m saved.” #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
    VictoriaMixon Victoria Mixon
    And I’m going to listen to The Commitments for the occasion. . . #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
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    All right, you guys with your jelly-bean shenanigans. It’s two minutes to #editingchat. Are you ready? #amwriting #writing
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    M. Terry Green
    mterrygreen M. Terry Green
    @jefro_net: Ernest Hemingway looks like a Buick Skylark when held sideways. @VictoriaMixon #editingchat A black Buick is so tragically hip.
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    jefro_net
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    @mterrygreen Ernest Hemingway looks like a Buick Skylark when held sideways. Who knew? @VictoriaMixon #editingchat
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    Victoria Mixon
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    I like the black ones. I’m just a bit tragically-hip. @mterrygreen giving you your jelly bean early. What color did you get? #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
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    @jefro_net: @VictoriaMixon At least I think it is Ernest Hemingway. #editingchat Maybe you have to hold it sideways?
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    jefro_net
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    @VictoriaMixon @mterrygreen My jelly bean has an image of Ernest Hemingway on it! At least I think it is Ernest Hemingway. #editingchat
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    M. Terry Green
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    #editingchat Here, @VictoriaMixon, I’m giving you your jelly bean early. What color did you get?
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    Victoria Mixon
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    Nachos & jelly beans. You just *know* @mterrygreen’s gonna party. #editingchat #amwriting #writing
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    Victoria Mixon
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    #editingchat in 1 hour. I would’ve reminded you half an hour ago, but I was busy working on The Art & Craft of Story. :) #amwriting #writing
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    Fellow writers, #editingchat w/ @VictoriaMixon in 30 minutes. Bring questions and nachos. #selfpublishing #epublishing #indieauthor
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    #editingchat 4/21/11 http://victoriamixon.com/?p=9032
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    #editingchat test drive for the non-Twitter.
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    #editingchat 4/21/11: I remembered! May the heavens open and the angels sing. I remembered to tell you guys we’r… http://bit.ly/hRsFL3
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    @mterrygreen @VictoriaMixon face/palm 3pm EST got it. #editingchat
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    @mterrygreen @VictoriaMixon Hello? Is this mic on? ;) #editingchat
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    #editingchat today noon PST (1pm MST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST). Shall we talk writer’s block? @mterrygreen’s servng jelly beans #amwriting #writing
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Authors


MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by PanMacmillan. Read more. . .


LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .


SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .


STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I am working with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .


JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel, The Shoebox, and her up-coming The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .


JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .


In addition, I work with dozens of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this literary art and craft.

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