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The Glossy Groove

The Glossy Groove ~ January 2013

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The Glossy Groove

It’s been over two months since I wrote an article for this topic.  What’s funny is the time has passed almost unnoticed.

For the last two months most people have been bringing the year to a close in one way or another.  One way to experience the holiday season is in the context of a series of closing events.  Starting with Thanksgiving, the symbol of eating plenty to store up for a time of dearth is played out and underscored by being thankful for the availability of that plenty.  Good memories are made to keep one spiritually warm through the cold of winter.

The time of Darkness arrives and the focus shifts to dispelling darkness by sharing and bringing the light of joy to those who have helped us to keep the fire of love kindled in our hearts.  Even in this time of joy and darkness, the promise of new birth is evidence in the animal world as well as that of humans as many species hibernate whilst conserving that plenty which was enjoyed so thoroughly not long ago.  As thoughts and nature reflect on light, love and darkness, rebirth follows closely on the heels of the December holidays.  The new year rushes in to reassure us of the validity of the evidence of new beginnings.

We as writers also take time frequently, seasonally, and / or chronologically to renew our inner selves, our writing, and our habits as we move forward in our practice of the craft of putting pen to paper.  In this month’s “Glossy Groove,” I discuss select articles from _The Writer_ which may help to do just that.

The articles below caught my attention and interest.

November / December Issue:

Page 7 ~ “The Writer’s Litany” by Kyle White – Are you a Dune fan?  Remember the Bene Gesserit?  Of course you do!  Well, here’s a writer’s take on the Litany Against Fear.  [From the “Take Note” regular feature compiled by Sarah C. Lange]
Page 8 ~ “Make Procrastination Work for You” by Barbara A. Tyler – Any procrastinators out there?  *waiving hand wildly in the air*  Take stock of this article’s information on what you can do when writer’s block has you in procrastination mode.  Great minds thinking alike is borne out in this nibble because I already do some of the things mentioned.  [From the “Take Note” regular feature compiled by Sarah C. Lange]
Page 30 ~ “10 Myths About Writing Life” by Valerie O. Patterson – The author has identified ten myths that have crept into the practice of writing.  She provides examples of alternative practices which didn’t hinder the writers who used them.  Some of the myths she identified in this two-page selection may surprise you.
Page 32 ~ “7 Layers for Revising” by Meredith Sue Willis – There are some common methods used in reviewing your manuscript such as:  revising from the last sentence forward to ferret out errors, doing a word search for frequently used words and changing some of them to synonyms or other phrases and leaving the entire work untouched for as long as you’re able but for at least a week.  There are other methods which are commonly used but I’ll not take up space documenting them here.  Willis, in sharing a tip from her own experience, provides useful tasks to enhance what you already do in the final cleanup phase of writing your book.
Page 42 ~ “Create Your Own Writing Rules” by Kelly James-Enger –  Overall, this well-written discussion on writing rules is really an aviso on taking control of your writing efforts rather than being at their mercy.  My favorite of the suggestions is to ” . . . . break your rules.”  [From the “Freelance Success”]

January Issue:

Page 8 ~ “Put the ‘Pro’ in Procrastination:  Five Ways to Generate Ideas from the Internet” by Hillary Casavant – These five options for taking advantage of a failing everyone has, the ability to procrastinate ad infinitum, provide a way to make a weakness into a useful strength.  [From the “Take Note” regular feature compiled by Aubrey Everett]
Page 11 ~ “Digging into the Deep” by Jocelyn Kerr – For many of the things you write you’ll need to do a bit of research.  Quite a few of us rely heavily on the internet to accomplish the required digging.  There’s a world out there, however, beyond the internet which allows for a broader search spectrum and a greater success rate in tracking down documentation for obscure facts and information.  Kerr explains the what, where and how of these auxiliary resources.  [From the “The Writing Essentials” segment.]
Page 15 ~ “Copping the Right Attitude” by Mary Miller – When faced with criticism of your work are you unable to take anything than glowing praise?  Or, are you able to assimilate the feedback and extrapolate the elements you can wrap your mind around and apply to your revisions?  Miller acknowledges the impact her approach to receiving commentary on her writing has had on her development.  She excuses the lapses of the past a bit more than I think productive, but, progress is progress.  [From the “Off the Cuff” segment]
Page 31 ~ “Marketing Blitz” by Mridu Khullar Relph – Marketing your writing can be a real challenge to many writers.  By refining her approach to promoting her work and meeting deadlines, Mridu reduced the time she takes away from writing, increased the ease of tracking assignments. While keeping both her writing and promotional efforts in forward motion, the ultimate result is realized in multiple benefits to her professional efforts.

Not sure where to get back issues or copies of articles from the newsletter?  Visit the magazine’s website or contact them.  Also, your public library should be able to get copies of all or part of the magazine or may have a copy in their magazine collection.

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