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Quiz for fiction writers

Fiction Writers Quiz

Please answer True or False

  1. All editors do copy editing.
  2. Most writers live in their heads.
  3. Only the best writers get publishing deals.
  4. Most novelists make tons of money.
  5. Writing a novel demands years of being alone.
  6. Publishing one novel makes you a novelist.
  7. Fiction sells more copies than nonfiction.
  8. All writers are mad, bonkers, off their heads.
  9. Listening to their fiction characters and dead people is normal for fiction writers.
  10. Track Changes in Microsoft Word is the best way to edit fiction.
  11. The main purpose of revision is to correct grammar and spelling.

Tell me your number of false statements to discuss and myth bust in a comment. Would you reword any of the statements  in this quiz draft? I plan to publish the list and add things overtime and publish it as a poll. Of course I’d love to hear from you.

Wonderful 52th floor view from the Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
Wonderful 52th floor view from the Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Thanks for reading and taking this poll on Internet security. Double thanks for sharing it. Also please let me know if this poll works by taking it because I am planning on using this with several posts before launching my first novel in my Dog Leader Mystery series.

Note I never share your email. I believe in the right to privacy and that it would be in our best interest to protect it. 

Do visit Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club because our website is deep with resources for all writers, fiction or nonfiction.

Thanks for reading!

Deborah Taylor-French

Blogging at Dog Leader Mysteries

5 years at Dog Leader Mysteries

Happy Anniversary on WordPress.com

I registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago.

Blogging enthralled me.

Merriam-Webster gives the following definition. Depending upon the day, I’m either a slave to blogging or I’m charmed and spellbound. Pick a day and spin the wheel. Have no idea which blog posts feel easy to write, flow into developed and publishable points of view.

Full Definition of ENTHRALL

transitive verb
1: to hold in or reduce to slavery
2: to hold spellbound : charm

Celebrating five years on WordPress (a few grumbles & bumpy days) I find my questions increasing  and my patience decreasing.

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Questions for WordPress  

1. In themes, how do I add show comments?

2. Which themes offer this feature?

3. Why did I lose Mail Chimp when I changed themes?

4. Bloggers hate the new WordPress editor, why did you trash what worked for us so well?

I happen to be fond of my screen saver, which has nothing to do with Dog Leader Mysteries. Or does it, and I haven’t figured it out yet?
Time for a self protrait? The whole truth or a fabricated story, which do you like better?

A tall tale or a slow burning personal story?

Leave clues!

Write Monday: risk it all like Shakespeare

Shakespeare on a Monday?

 (yes, afraid so)

 Shakespeare love creating characters to tell his stories

As writers, I know, we can remain in our heads, do a great deal of thinking, plan and plot, imitate other writers we like, and spend much of our time being in love with words.

Yet to produce work, to write, to make new story, we must to use old and repeated word packages “cut to the chase,” “jump of a bridge,” and “wring out a story.”

Often feel as if I’m asking for pain, that I might cry out something like this to write.

“Light a fire under my feet!”

For those of you would have watched the movie, “Shakespeare in Love” the opening scene sets the stakes for the story, and those stakes could not be more memorable. I who do not watch much in terms of movies, who does not know the name of the latest top earning or popular movies, recall that first scene like no other movie opening.

Bill collectors surround a man, whose feet they hold over a flame. As they roast his feet, they boil with gleeful jests, promising further and far worse punishments. Eventually, we learn that the poor man owes them money! In a few short minutes, the story unfolds showing this victims of flambé of sole works as a theatre manager. A theatre that does not make money, as often stage venues fail to do in live theater staging  new plays (some things never change). The villains have bound and hung is thinly booted feet over a small fire. They continue deliberately inflicting severe physical. They fry his feet until he promises them a full partnership in a new play by Shakespeare.

This poor man, the theatre manager with roasted soles, must produce a successful play to pay off the greedy loan sharks. Thus begins a story of extremely high stakes. The stakes and the pressure falls on the playwright, William Shakespeare, to complete his current work-in-progress, and insuring a BIG HIT at the box office of the Globe Theater in England. Most importantly saving the poor theater manager, a victim of sadistic businessmen who must be paid or will take a pound of flesh.

By the way, Shakespeare loved and used narrators to tell his stories. We’ll talk about that more next Monday.


Writing a book is a bit like surfing . . . Most of the time you’re waiting. And it’s quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting. But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves. And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore. It’s a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you’re lucky, it’s also about grace. As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon. And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story.” Tim Winton, Australian short story writer and novelist.

Reading a lovely blog on Women’s Writing Circle Web site. Author, editor and mentor writer Susan G. Weidener created this site to support writers in the Philadelphia area.

Why this west coast writer cares about east coast writers

Inspiration for the writer’s road tends to be long and lonely.

Oak savanna of Marin County hills
Are you alone on the writer’s road? Look around. See me on the road too?
Are you on a writer’s road?

Give someone else what you wish to receive

  1. Support her by buying & reading her books
  2. Respect her skills and experience by sharing her workshops & book launches
  3. Acknowledge her talent and dedication in a comment on her blog
  4. Give her word of mouth endorsement
  5. Write a good review of her book and post it to Amazon, GoodReads, Facebook, etc.

A little on Susan G. Weidener, her education, writing experience, published memoirs and her novel, I quote from the biographical note on her ‘The Power of Story’ workshop which will begin in October. Wow! Susan teaches a free four-week class beginning Oct. 19 at Lower Providence Community Library in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

“My goal is that by the end of those four weeks, everyone who takes this class will leave with a rough draft of their own memoir.” Susan G. Weidener

Susan G. Weidener received her BA in Literature from American University and her MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1991 and worked as a reporter in the Inquirer’s suburban bureau until 2007. Susan started the Women’s Writing Circle, a critique and support group for writers in suburban Philadelphia. She is the author of two bestselling memoirs, Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again and its sequel, Morning at Wellington Square. Her debut novel, A Portrait of Love and Honor, based on her late husband’s memoir, takes the reader from the halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point during the Vietnam War to an inspiring love story between two people destined to meet. Susan offers writing workshops and talks on memoir and has appeared as guest speaker at universities and libraries throughout the Philadelphia region.

Lucky writers and those who want to tell their stories in Philadelphia should jump at this free four-week workshop, I would. So please share this post and help others in that region learn of her workshop this October 2015. Memoir Writing Workshop and ‘The Power of Writing.’

Write Monday: the craft

New topic on Dog Leader Mysteries?

While studying fiction as a writer, I began this blog. All of my Dog Leader Mysteries have dog characters, dog humor and a thread of information on positive vs. negative training.

After dozens of years of studying and writing fiction, I have decided to write about the craft of writing stories and to share tips for writers who need to tell compelling stories. Writers need support of other writers and quality information on how to connect with readers.

Although I have written for most of my life, writing fiction still feels new. Well, when does eleven years feel new to you?

How to study the craft of fiction

  • How to write fiction books
  • Read tons of fiction
  • Write at least a million plus words then keep writing
  • Join a writers’ group or club
  • Attend author book talks
  • Take online seminars on writing
  • Attend writers conferences
  • Participate in writers’ critique groups
  • Become a beta reader for writers you respect

My bank of knowledge keeps growing

I’m adding this Write Monday feature post, due to a decade of years as an active member of Redwood Writers. Our club has grown from the forty members when I first joined to a whopping team of nearly three hundred. We also are the most active of the twenty-one branches of the California Writers Club. “Educating writers of all abilities in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.”

Redwood Writers motto? “Writers helping writers.” So in that spirit I will also offer some valuable insight, resources and skills I learn as Redwood Writers Author Support Facilitator.

Topics RW Author Support Group tends to visit often include:

  • What is craft?
  • Can you define your genre?
  • How do I overcome writers’ block?
  • Where can I find an editor?
  • How to get published?
  • Where can I find readers for my books?

Facilitator Chair: Deborah Taylor-French writes a monthly column for The Sonoma County Gazette. She has published in The North Bay Business Journal, Changing Hurt to Hope’s Cry of the Nightbird and winning video scripts for Sonoma County Regional Parks. Her stories and poems appear in seven Redwood Writers’ Vintage Voices.

I like poetry that makes me laugh.
A good dog + a good book make a great day.

The business side of writing

This August at Redwood Writers monthly meeting, our speaker delivered a hot topic with dozens of juicy details all serious writers need to know by Linda Lee. The title of the talk?

“The Author Website: building a site that works for you”
Who is Linda Lee?

Linda Lee is a Web designer, WordPress expert and educator. “…an online expert. She is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, Linda can help you optimize and monetize your website.” As a former expert marketing executive, Linda Lee, continues to use and teach winning strategies for author Web sites and offers professional editing services.

Please visit Linda Lee’s Web site Askmepc-webdesign

Writing fiction tends to be a seven-day a week obsession. A grand adventure in self-employment or a hobby for some who love the craft of storytelling. A number of writers work as magazine editors, literary agents work in the business of publishing or write for pay in the fields of technical, business or news.

The writing I love tells compelling stories.

Diverse types of writing demand good storytelling skills. Bloggers, news features, newsletters of nonprofits, creative nonfiction, magazine stories, educational textbooks, even letter writing (a lost art?) all benefit from good storytelling.

Write Monday: why tune in?

Tune in to discuss questions like these.

  1. Can you define good storytelling?
  2. What mistakes do bad storytellers make that you hate?
  3. Have you ever helped someone write a better story?
  4. Tips for better storytelling.
  5. Lists to strengthen on your next blog post. Fun discussion on what helps writers get better at writing. Samples of the good, the bad and the ugly writing.

The writing I love to read for pleasure falls in the category of fiction, especially historical fiction and mystery fiction. I happen to love learn. Plus I love stories!

The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

Links for Readers and Writers shows up again with interesting non required reading.

Kinks in cyberspace have stopped me from finishing a post

After a frustrating half an hour trying to finish my post for tomorrow, as over and over my last photograph would not load, I quit. For today, I have a writing deadline elsewhere. Plus an intriguing hour to follow my nose to a new area of a city we are visiting. So enjoy A Vase of Wildflowers Monday post for readers and writers, plus visit her blog to see what other lovely topics she cooks up.

Thanks for looking in, Deborah Taylor-French

I love Marc. Marc take me home!
Cone-head, panting to cool down in the exam room

A Vase of Wildflowers

Inspired by a similar type of post found on Electric Literature‘s website, The Monday Post is a collection of articles for writers and readers as well as a sampling of interesting works and publications from across the internet. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post. In addition, each new month will feature a new and interesting quote from an established expert in the literary field.

Writers and readers may find additional links and featured writers inThe Monday Post archive. Please follow my blog for writing prompts, commentary, reviews, and more!

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