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About Me

Read. Write. Review.

This is my life.

I read a lot, because it's incredibly useful as a writer and an editor to expose myself to a wide range of styles and genres. Also, you find some darned enjoyable stories to lose yourself in that way.

I write a lot, because that's what a writer does. Most of my daily writing is incidental to my life--like reviews on this website or at www.LongTalePress.com--but every day I spend what amounts to at least a few hours practicing some form of writing. Whether it's creative writing, expository writing, blogging, or reviewing doesn't so much matter to me. It's all good practice at the same core skill of stringing words together into coherent sentences. (And it's good practice to help me fight my "comma abuse" problem.) But speaking of blogging, I maintain a creative writing blog called Show Some Character, about the "dos-and-dont's" of character development in fiction. Check it out, and drop me a note if you have a character development issue you're struggling with in your own writing.

I review a lot because it's fun, because it helps other writers, because it sharpens my own analytical skills (which also helps my own writing), and lastly, because it helps pay the bills. I am a freelance book editor. You can look at my reviews on this website (or drop me a note asking me to review something you've written) to get a sense for the types of issues I pick up on, far above and beyond the boring "hey, you have a typo here" stuff. If you're interested in having me take a deeper look at any of your stuff, you can find me at www.PlotToPunctuation.com.


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Posted 10 Years Ago


I'm just stopping by to see where you are. You haven't been on the site for a while ... just checking up on you. Hope you're doing good.

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Posted 10 Years Ago


I'm just stopping by to see where you are. You haven't been on the site for a while ... just checking up on you. Hope you're doing good.

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Posted 10 Years Ago


So I thought about your critique on "Tangerine," and I made a few changes based on your suggestions. Took a lot of that emphasis out in the beginning, made the ending a little clearer, etcetera.

Thanks very much for both of the reviews you gave, by the way.

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Posted 11 Years Ago


You're an amazing editor which most likely means the demand for your eyes is overwhelming. Don't feel obligated to comment on my stories, but I do hope you stop in to read them every once in a while.

My tales take kindly to your audience.

Eric

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Posted 11 Years Ago


I�m reading an excellent book on the practice of editing yourself called The Artful Edit by Susan Bell. Besides William Zinsser�s book entitled On Writing Well, it�s the best book on editing I�ve ever read.

I bet you're already familiar with both of these books, but I�m so excited about their contribution to my own writing I couldn�t help but evangelize.

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Posted 11 Years Ago


Arc. I see now how important it is to a story. And now I'll have to reconsider every short I've ever written to make sure my characters move from here to there -- even just a little.

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Posted 11 Years Ago


I appreciate a compliment as much as the next guy, but I covet an honest critique. What may sting a little now, makes me a better writer in the long run. And isn't that what the Writer's Cafe is all about?

Thanks for the solid review of Frank the Phrenologist and the Fabulous Wolf Woman. You're a worthy editor.

I hope to see your "red marks" all over my work.

Eric