Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Writing Tip and ROW80 Update

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I'm still struggling to keep up with my revision schedule, enough to blow it off and just keep swimming. I doubt I'll finish the revisions by the end of the month, but I hope to get halfway. However, I've only added 1 page of revision since Sunday. I think I'm getting a touch of Christmas fever!

On the flip side, my critique group liked the next section of my romantic suspense, Cat's Eyes. I think I've got a pretty solid

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

11 thoughts on “Writing Tip and ROW80 Update

  1. Thanks for the info! I need to look out for adding too much detail and too many passive verbs in my essays.

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  2. This will help a lot. I need to vary sentence structure and eliminate passive words more.

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  3. Wow this could be very useful in my next essays. I think that I still overuse words like the main topic in the paragraph. Yonnic

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  4. CM, My crit group pegged me for a director with my first writing because everyone "crossed." I confess, I see all of the details and I have to control how many of them I actually write about.

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  5. Great checklists!I'm often guilty of writing out all the times my characters sit, stand, walk across rooms, open doors, close doors . . and I'm still convincing myself readers will *know* a character walked across a room and opened a door if that character left! lol

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  6. Oh, that's why you're so good at picking them out! I need that! I found backs all over the place in my revising today!

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  7. Good list Marji. I have added Visual Thesaurus and they have vocabgrabber and it will list every word and how many times used. Good tool to weed out overused words.

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  8. I have to credit my critique groups. I can't get anything past those gals! It's funny that as I read my chapters out loud to myself, I can hear their voices in my head! Thanks, Keli! I'm actually thinking of doing another one. I think it will be Tuesday week. Will definitely start earlier on it! 🙂

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  9. Your list is very astute. That's such a valuable skill you have, Marji. Thanks for sharing it with some of us not-so-on-point writers :-)My thing I have to watch out for with editing is the overuse of pronouns "he" and "she". I guess I get so caught up in the story that I sometimes forget to list the characters' names, lol.

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  10. Marji, those are great checklists. I've added the post to Evernote so I can refer to it when I'm in the middle of revisions or self-edits.I enjoyed your vlog post and hope you plan to do more of them.

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  11. Wow, you are on it! I like to do a find/replace as my characters seem to smile, smiled, grinned, smirked ALOT! ha!Also, shrugging. I'm giggling right now, but hey, I didn't use "smile" or "grin". 🙂

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