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January 11, 2017


Firstly I want to celebrate a personal milestone, 1000 blog posts on my blog as of Monday 9th January!



Over the weekend, inspired by the new Writer in Residence, I continued with an edit of my speculative fiction manuscript, Life in Slake Patch. I will send the manuscript for the WIR to review once this is complete. This particular manuscript has been through numerous edits and revisions and needs to ‘get out there’ soon.



I began the third novel by Claire North called The Sudden Appearance of Hope. It is written in a similar voice as the other two I have read. It is an intriguing concept as the main character is ‘forgotten’ almost from the moment she is out of sight. Time will tell if it matches up to Harry August or Touch.

Writing TipElmore Leonard

“Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.”

What writing project did you tackle this weekend?

Do you have a writing tip to share?

What book can you recommend?



  1. Congratulations on your 1,000 posts, Mandy!

    Writing project: I’m working on my two books that are coming out this fall by Words in the Park time: Druyan (fantasy adventure novel) and Ironclad (supernatural adventure novelette), to be published by Dream Write Publishing.

    Writing tip: I agree with your “keep your exclamation points under control.” Similarly, too many ellipses and too many semicolons are distracting to readers. Unlike some people, I like semicolons, but their effect is stronger when they are used sparingly. They are a good tool but must be used properly. It’s easy to find out how from a good grammar book.

    Book recommendation:
    Non-fiction: Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers.
    Fiction: Far North by Will Hobbs. (It takes place in the Northwest Territories, but it sounds a lot like central Alberta!)


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