Sue Babcock http://www.sbabcock.com The Quest for 1066 AD Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:49:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finally final http://www.sbabcock.com/finally-final/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:49:56 +0000 http://www.sbabcock.com/?p=336 It was a long time coming, but the book is finally finished and published through CreateSpace. After editing it seven times, changing the names of the characters three times, and expanding and contracting various parts, I could finally feel okay about publishing. But first, just to make sure, I asked two more people to beta […]

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Emotions in Writing http://www.sbabcock.com/emotions-in-writing/ Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:28:49 +0000 http://www.sbabcock.com/?p=326 Many stories I read are good, solid stories, but lack emotional content and impact. At my writing group yesterday, three of the stories being reviewed fell into this category – one was a non-fiction textbook excerpt (the author was very angry about how the current system worked, but her passion did not come through in […]

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Anglo-Saxon Words http://www.sbabcock.com/anglo-saxon-words/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:16:33 +0000 http://www.sbabcock.com/?p=322 A local writing group, the Wordwrights, recently reviewed and commented on one of the chapters of my book. A couple of the members noted my use of the word “okay,” which was certainly not in use during the 11th century in England. However, a lot of our words we use today also were not in […]

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Self- Editing: How to Find Weak Characterizations http://www.sbabcock.com/self-editing-how-to-find-weak-characterizations/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:58:37 +0000 http://www.sbabcock.com/?p=313 Your characters can make or break your novel. Interesting characters that are fully fleshed out are essential. When you are editing your novel, how do you determine if your characters lack that special spark which makes readers connect to them? One way is to look at Rick Taubold’s Character Data Sheet, which is available free […]

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Self Editing My Novel http://www.sbabcock.com/self-editing-my-novel/ Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:06:33 +0000 http://www.sbabcock.com/?p=310 One of the choices I’ve made is that before anyone else gets a hack at my novel, I will self-edit it thoroughly. What does this mean? It means I will slogged my way through it multiple times looking for gaps in the story, lack of hooks, inconsistency, weak characterization, weak plot, expository writing, passive writing, […]

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