Author Archives: Evelyn Alexie

Variety is the spice of writing, too

I write to praise the unloved tenses, the neglected voices, the loathed and long winded. In short*, this is a blog post about voices that are banned, styles that are shunned, and in general parts of the English language that … Continue reading

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Guilt-Free Nanowrimo

Yes, I did it. I signed up for Nanowrimo this year. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I made a public pledge that I would write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. Secretly, I made … Continue reading

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How to Give Constructive Criticism

Giving constructive criticism is an awesome responsibility as well as a great way to learn how to write better yourself. I have now judged several contest and I have learned from each entry that I read. Even when I read … Continue reading

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RWA National Conference: One Survivor’s Account (Part 2)

Note to self: It’s not enough to write the blog post. You need to stop fussing with it and hit Publish. Step 5: Immersion Arriving at the NY Marriott Marquis was in itself an adventure. I can see why New … Continue reading

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RWA National Conference: One Survivor’s Account (part 1)

Making my way to the madness known as the Romance Writers of America’s national conference was an experience. Whoever said “getting there is half the fun” never tried to navigate the Newark airport. Step 1: The packing Since it takes … Continue reading

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A brief escape from revising

I can either continue revising scenes for Sophie and Sebastian’s story, or I can write a blog post. Yeah, didn’t have to put much thought into that choice. The revising is going slowly because I am looking at each scene … Continue reading

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My first experience with a critique group

It could get ugly. Then again, it could be the best experience I’ve ever had while not in a horizontal position. While at the RWA conference, I’m going to participate in the Carina Press Critique Group. Basically, I sit down … Continue reading

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Contests: Useful Feedback or Complete Waste of Time and Money?

Note: I can only speak of RWA contests. I know nothing of other writing contents, for good or ill. Entering a writing contest can be a lot like playing the Lottery. Whether you get someone who loves your work or … Continue reading

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The Calculus of Rewriting

I do not like math. I was an English major. I should be exempt from this math stuff. That goes double for Calculus. I got a request for a manuscript, so I went back to look at it to see … Continue reading

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I wake to write and take my writing slow (Or, Why I don’t like the term “Pantser”)

Does it matter whether you are a plotter or a pantser? Short answer: So long as the book gets written and the reader cares enough to turn the page, who cares? Longer answer: It can matter because┬áthe latter term seems … Continue reading

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