A Few Words by Simon Driscoll

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  • Auto-checker Instant Decision Failure (AIDF)


    Auto-checker Instant Decision Failure (AIDF) is caused when an author uses a built in spell checker to search for mistakes, and does not take the time to read through their work for mistakes the auto-checker ignores, such as homonyms. Here is a list of homonyms which infected a recent patient of mine: thrown, throne threw, […]

  • Hyper-TENSE-tion

    anxious reading

    Maintaining the proper level of pressure on readers to continue reading is essential to a healthy novel. Present tense, when used properly, can put readers on the edge of their seats, eager to turn the next page. Past tense is easier to write, and vanishes into the background, allowing the story to flow easily into […]

  • Why do we use Genres?


    Some people have a hard time understanding why the publishing industry insists on labeling every book with a genre. There are many to choose from, and so many novels that cross genres, such as a love story set in the old west. Is that Historical Fiction, Western, or Romance? There are two answers, and I’ll […]

  • What is a Novel?


    This is the first in a series of posts about the basics of what a novel is, should be, or can be. According to Dictionary.com: A novel is a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism. The word is derived Italian, originally meaning ‘new kind of story’. […]

  • Sisyphus Syndrome


    Another common ailment among new authors is Sisyphus Syndrome. They work hard on a section to submit to a critique group, and the group tears it apart. So they start over, and submit the rewritten section to the group. Or they start a new project, only to have the same thing happen to their next […]

  • Fruits of the Shadow eBook on Sale!

    Fruits of the Shadow

    Fruits of the Shadow eBook now available from Smashwords and Amazon. Fruits of the Shadow eBook on Amazon HERE.