Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Victoria Bylin Talks about Friends, RWA and a Bobble Head Heroine
When I accepted Mary’s invitation to visit Seekerville, I thought I’d do something craft-oriented. I don’t want to neglect craft, so I’m finishing with some ms polishing tips. You may or may not find them, but if you’re a writer, you’ll get it . . .
1. If you give your character a long name like Elizabeth, use autocorrect to turn “Eliz” into “Elizabeth.” Fewer keystrokes saves wear and tear on your hands.
2. I use “Find All” to count how many times I use “was.” If I see a whole bunch of “was’s,” there’s a good chance that paragraph is “telling” instead of showing.
3. For old school typists who put two spaces after a period, use Find and Replace to reduce it to one. I also search for spaces after a tab. It’s surprising how much nicer a ms looks when the formatting is super clean.
4. If you think you’ve overused a particular word, use “Find All” to get an actual count. In Kansas Courtship ,the heroine lifted her chin every other page. I searched for “chin” and realized I’d written a book that could have been called “The Bobble Head Bride.” That got fixed fast.
5. I’m easily distracted by the Internet, so I use “AutoHide” for the bottom toolbar. If I can’t see that big blue E for Internet Explorer, I’m less likely to click it.
The Outlaw’s Return. Here’s the back cover copy . . .
A ROGUE'S REDEMPTION?
J.T. Quinn would know Mary Larue's beautiful voice anywhere. He just never expected to hear her singing in a Denver church. The gunslinger comes to town to reunite with the only woman he's ever loved . . . but the actress he left behind two years ago is gone. In her place is a deeply Christian woman with a successful restaurant, the town's respect and a pair of younger siblings in her care. J.T. doubts he'll ever be worthy of Mary again, but he can protect her and her siblings from the threats of a local ne-er-do-well. And with courage and faith, perhaps even an outlaw can find redemption . . . and love.