Here’s a lovely reward pix about My Writing Life.

I’m late posting it ~ 

as I was late all through November.

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Lots of disruptions and distractions to my Writing Life in November, but I managed to work through a non-fiction project that I’ll publish early in 2020. It’s actually a combo project :: three things coming together as one.

Nonfiction because I had no brain for creative work even though I have fiction hanging over me. Still, some things get done, other things percolate a while longer ~ as long as I’m not making bailiff coffee.

Do you know what “bailiff coffee” is?  It’s the coffee that bailiffs make for jurors, thick

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enough to keep a spoon upright, strong enough to keep everyone thinking, caffeinated enough to keep everyone determined to do the job so we could get out of there (which means reaching the consensus that a verdict is). I’ve served on two juries, one of which didn’t want to reach a verdict, and I was grateful for bailiff coffee.

Still am.

I don’t make bailiff coffee for myself–but I do have my two mugs every morning. Keeps me determined to do the job even when everything else conspires to disrupt.

So, November dropped the fiction and picked up nonfiction. Three projects came together to get credit for the National Novel Writing Month ~ which means that I had to switch my projects to have success. Projects finished / revised / edited / corrected / formatted and now waiting on covers.

I guess that means — watch this space for more information 😉 !

It may look a little like this

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and this

writing schedule for the year 2016

and quite a bit more.

And all of this is typical of the Writing Life.

Just Start Writing.

Write a Book in a Month.

Come Along for the Writing Biz.

If you want to improve your writing, start at the basic level: words and sentences.

M.A. Lee offers the essential guidebook for enhancing your words and sentences. Discovering Sentence Craft covers figurative and structural elements, from metaphors and symbols to anaphora and satire. The guidebook is A to Z, auxesis to zeugma.

What more could you want? Find it here.
Cover offers the A to Z options!


What more does Discovering Your Author Brand have to offer?

It’s the kind of things that you need to know when you’re ready to proof-plus that book you’re writing for NaNoWriMo.

What? You say the revelation to two secrets isn’t enough to spring your purchase?

How about these three?

Tagline vs. Logline vs. Blurb.

Book b4 Series b4 Author Brand.

Using Trailers.

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What is Sentence Craft?

And why do I need to discover it?

Are those your questions

when you look at Discovering Sentence Craft?

Maybe the following will Give the answers to those questions.

In the forests of words that we writers grow, blazed trails mark the way to our destination. Without those trails, without paths leading down to sun-sparkled streams, without the yellow brushstroke painted on tree after tree, we might lose our direction and our sanity.

Reading through that opening paragraph, most writers will recognize the extended hiking metaphor. Many will spot inversion and alliteration. A few will appreciate the anaphora and auxesis and zeugma, even when not familiar with those terms.

This is Sentence Craft. Controlled use creates appreciative readers. Over-blown use drives readers away.

  • Sentence Craft—from easy imagery to involved structures—is essential for the poet.
  • Bloggers and other nonfiction writers will find it a marketing tool, distinguishing them from their competition.
  • Speech writers and great broadcast journalists use these devices to make their spoken words become memorable.
  • With fiction, writers paint expositions and settings and character tags, capturing readers who may not even recognize the sweeping stroke of the magical wand.

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In small offerings, of course. Too many tricks glaze our readers’ eyes.

Discovering Sentence Craft covers figurative and interpretive concepts as well as the structural elements that build meaning, emphasis, and memory.


I: Figurative

II: Interpretive


III: Inversion

IV: Repetition

V: Opposition

VI: Sequencing

Writer M.A. Lee believes writing is a skill-based craft which can be learned and practiced. Artists learn composition, perspective, depth, proportion, and shading. A baseball player learns in-field and out-field, pitching vs. throwing, batting and bunting. An electrician learns reading blueprints, voltage and current, circuits, outlets, and panels.

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What’s the second secret to Author Brands?

Hint: Before you publish, before you contract with a cover artist, before you write your two-part market copy, you better know this secret.

No, I won’t tell you here. You need to read Discovering Your Author Brand in order to discover the answer.

And there’s more secrets in the book, such as the two-part to market copy and knowing when niche markets are important.

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