Welcome to Write…Edit…Publish (WEP), the home of the permanent bloghop. You are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction or playscripts to a designated word count– artwork and photographs welcome. Open to all genres! Fiction - Adult, YA, MG.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Write...Edit...Publish (WEP) is ba..ba..back! Meet your hosts Denise and Yolanda!

Hello friends!

Been missing WEP? I hope so. I have been too. Luckily for all of us, YolandaRenée has been wanting to see WEP back again, as really, it is a unique online group where we can gather, share our writing in whatever form we choose, and get feedback if we want. Yolanda and I have been talking through lengthy emails, sorting through our ideas, and it seems we'll have a great partnership. Donna Hole, my previous co-host, is happy to help in any way she can, so I think sharing this load will result in a much smoother operation and should continue ad infinitum

WEP will not change overly at this stage, except the challenges will usually be every second month rather than every month, but we will be flexible depending on what else is happening in the blogosphere. That gives us all more time to do regular blog posts, or participate in other challenges.

WEP will reboot with our first challenge on Wednesday, August 19, and then we'll have a spooky Halloween challenge for Wednesday, October 21. This will give everyone a chance to participate in other Halloween challenges, since October is so popular for flash fiction. November is all about NaNoWriMo for many of us, so we'll skip WEP that month, but then it's Wednesday December 15, with a post for the holidays.
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Don't worry. There will be a badge with challenges and dates created soon and will be published in a future post. 

In between, Yolanda and I have discussed posting blogs of an educational nature, such as Copyright and what it means, The Art of Critiques, Comments, Using Images etc. And to make the fun truly worthwhile, expertly-designed winning badges will be handed out for each challenge once again as we have done in the past. Yolanda and I will choose our top three, then an independent third party (the guest judge) will make the final choice.

I know some of you have used the flash fiction you wrote to WEP challenges as part of larger stories, even novels, and have been missing this aspect of WEP. (My current WIP, a novel set in Paris, has certainly felt the benefit of rejigged WEP Paris stories I've written over the years.) Can't wait to get back to it!

Sign up and spread the word – Write…Edit…Publish (WEP ) – is on its way back to the blogosphere. Facebook it, Twitter it, Instagram it...let's do a social media blitz! Yolanda and I are already talking about creating dedicated WEP social media accounts where we can communicate. Watch this space! Meanwhile if you tweet for us, use the hashtag #WEPFF.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

WEP - Due to life overload of the host, Denise Covey, WEP challenges are temporarily or perhaps permanently suspended. Stay tuned...


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Hello all!


I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but as I said in an email to the faithful monthly participants, there will be no WEP challenges until at least into the New Year. 

It's been an exciting ride, but at the moment, for my own sanity, I have to simplify my life a little, and as you can imagine, WEP has been a huge commitment.

I'll miss the monthly bloghops more than anyone, but I hope to find the time to polish some of my unfinished novels and past flash fiction posts and you never know, I might find a publisher willing to take me on! I've avoided the e-book option up until now.

Please leave a comment below and tell me how you feel. 

This site will stay open, so come over and visit your fellow WEPper's blogs.

Investigate some of the publishing opportunities in the sidebar.

I'll be checking comments from time to time, so feel free to come by and say hello.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Monday, 11 August 2014

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Begin or end your story with these words…’There was once a chance I didn’t take.’ If posting photos, let the photos tell the story.

Monday, 28 July 2014

10 CLASSIC TIPS FOR WRITERS

Hello WEPers. Thank you for posting such excellent entries for the last challenge. There are many memorable ones - just to remind you...who will forget Lisa fell in love with her husband's picture before she met him? Who will forget Sally's picture-filled story? As always, I loved reading your posts and always look forward to each challenge. I do wish we could convince more to join us, but it seems difficult (most of you excluded) for people to commit to anything permanent these days, or commit to posting more than once.


I have added some more links to my USEFUL LINKS tab in the sidebar. There are some great links to help improve your writing, but I know most of us ignore links, which is why I'm pointing them out. This article is so good I'm reprinting it with some of my own edits, but it is a fine example of the caliber of the links. This one is especially useful to novel/short story writers.


10 CLASSIC WRITING RULES 

By ELMORE LEONAR
We, the writers, need to remain invisible when we're writing. This helps us show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound
 of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip
the rules.
Still, you might look them over.
1. Never open a book with weather.
If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you 
don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. 
There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways
to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you
want.
2. Avoid prologues.

They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that 
comes
 after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in nonfiction. A prologue in a 
novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.

There is a prologue in John Steinbeck's ''Sweet Thursday,'' but it's O.K. 
because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all 
about. He says: ''I like a lot of talk in a book and I don't like to have nobody 
tell me what the guy that's talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks 
like from the way he talks. . . . figure out what the guy's thinking from what he 
says. I like some description but not too much of that. . . . Sometimes I want a 
book to break loose with a bunch of hooptedoodle. . . . Spin up some pretty words 
maybe or sing a little song with language. That's nice. But I wish it was set aside 
so I don't have to read it. I don't want hooptedoodle to get mixed up with the story.''
3. Never use a verb other than ''said'' to carry dialogue.
The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But
 "said" is far less intrusive than grumbled, gasped, cautioned, lied. I once noticed Mary 
McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with ''she asseverated,'' and had to stop reading to 
get the dictionary.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ''said'' . . .
. . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin.
 The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can

the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used 
to write historical romances ''full of rape and adverbs.''
5. Keep your exclamation points under control.
You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the 
knack
 of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.
6. Never use the words ''suddenly'' or ''all hell broke loose.''
This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use ''suddenly'' 
tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with 
apostrophes, you won't be able to stop. Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the 
flavor of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories ''Close Range.''
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
Which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway's ''Hills Like White Elephants'' 
what do the ''American and the girl with him'' look like? ''She had taken off her hat 
and put it on the table.'' That's the only reference to a physical description in the 
story, and yet we see the couple and know them by their tones of voice, with not
 one adverb in sight.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
Unless you're Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language or write 
landscapes in the style of Jim Harrison. But even if you're good at it, you don't 
want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.
And finally:
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
A rule that came to mind in 1983. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick 
paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer 
is doing, he's writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at 
the weather, or has gone into the character's head, and the reader either knows 
what the guy's thinking or doesn't care. I'll bet you don't skip dialogue.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned 
in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. It's my 
attempt to remain invisible, not distract the reader from the story with obvious 
writing. Words can get in the way of what you want to say. (Figure that out).
If I write in scenes and always from the point of view of a particular character -- 
the one whose view best brings the scene to life -- I'm able to concentrate on the 
voices of the characters telling you who they are and how they feel about what 
they see and what's going on, and I'm nowhere in sight.
What Steinbeck did in ''Sweet Thursday'' was title his chapters as an indication, 
though obscure, of what they cover. ''Whom the Gods Love They Drive Nuts'' is 
one, ''Lousy Wednesday'' another. The third chapter is titled ''Hooptedoodle 1'' 
and the 38th chapter ''Hooptedoodle 2'' as warnings to the reader, as if Steinbeck 
is saying: ''Here's where you'll see me taking flights of fancy with my writing, 
and it won't get in the way of the story. Skip them if you want.''
''Sweet Thursday'' came out in 1954, when I was just beginning to be published, 
I've never forgotten that prologue.
Did I read the hooptedoodle chapters? Every word.
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I hope you find the above tips helpful.
Denise
Don't forget AUGUST'S CHALLENGE - TAKING CHANCES. Hopefully you will help me 
publicise the challenge by copying the image into your sidebar and perhaps mentioning 
it in a social media post. 


As I say on the Current Challenges page: Begin or end your story with these words…
’There was once a chance I didn’t take.’ If posting photos, let the photos tell 
the story.