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  • I smell a free-tique TRAFFIC COP round coming…

    June 25, 2006

    Cynthea

    I just completed a first draft of another manuscript. I am caught up on my critique partners' manuscripts, too. I smell a free-tique round coming up tomorrow, do you? Stay tuned… SNOOP SAYS: It's about time! Will you bring me a pair ...

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  • more on rhyme

    June 24, 2006

    Cynthea

    Dori Chaconas, author of picture books and easy readers, has just written a great article about rhythm and rhyme for picture book texts. . Also visit a guest article by Kelly R. Fineman featured on this ...

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  • mid-day coffee with Cynthea: topic? plot revision

    June 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    As promised, here's the new article on revision… http://www.cynthealiu.com/2006/06/23/95/revision-9-1-1-for-novels-plot/ SNOOP SAYS: Revise this: A bunny goes to his salad plate. It's empty. Should he eat the leather sofa? Or finish the destruction of the rug. Hmm…

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  • revision 9-1-1 for novels: plot

    June 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    Here are the typical things I encounter when I review novels, plot-wise. story starts on page 10. Or 15. or 20. this is when I read the first chapter and go – well, that was a great study on character. Now ...

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  • work, work, work!

    June 21, 2006

    Cynthea

    This just in: I have a lot of writing to do this week. I'll try to post a new article on Friday. But I will have to delay a free-tique round to maintain my sanity.  Look for a Traffic Cop ...

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  • evening coffee with Cynthea: topic? pb revision 9-1-1

    June 19, 2006

    Cynthea

    I must run but I just wanted everyone to know a new article is up.  http://cynthealiu.com/2006/06/19/92/revision-9-1-1-for-fiction-picture-books

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  • revision 9-1-1 for fiction picture books

    June 19, 2006

    Cynthea

    Here are the common things I notice when I evaluate picture book manuscripts. Tuneless picture books In my opinion, picture books structure and rhythm, much like a tune. If I can’t hear your song when I’m reading your manuscript, the result ...

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  • revision 9-1-1 for novels: characters

    June 16, 2006

    Cynthea

    Are you ready for some Revision 9-1-1? The only way to fix a problem is to… Recognize you suffer from the condition Identify solutions for recovery Follow-through with the solutions (this would be some sort of revision–either a cut, add, or change) What I’ve ...

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  • revision 9-1-1: how to spot common problems and fix them

    June 16, 2006

    Cynthea

    Here is where you get to benefit even more from the fruits of my labor. You know all those free-tiques I do? After a while, I notice tendencies among you writers. I’ve seen some of the “issues” enough I’ve given ...

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  • top ten highlights from my trip to the caribbean

    June 16, 2006

    Cynthea

    MISCELLANEOUS: Top ten highlights from my trip to a Spanish-speaking island in the Caribbean… A vacation is never complete without a visit to the medics (Do you-o have-o crutches-o?). Real orange juice, real ham, and real coffee! (what are they feeding us ...

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