Tag Archive 'comic'

Shag, Marry, Kill (Literary Edition)

I grew up on game shows. Jeopardy. Wheel of Fortune. Family Feud. The Dating Game. My favorites were the celebrity editions where we, Jane and John Does, sitting on our couches across America got to see famous people unscripted. To laugh alongside them like we were all a bunch of friends having pizza and soda […]

Everything I Need to Know About Plot, I Learned From Buffy

A couple of weeks ago, a client told me one of his beta readers had said his book read like a comic book.  I asked why that was a bad thing. Granted, you don’t want your characters to be shallow caricatures or your plot to be mechanical or contrived, which is what many people mean […]

It’s a funny world.

A lot of humorous novels build the comedy into the characters.  We watch two hapless lovers stumble toward each other in rom-coms or pull themselves out of increasingly bizarre situations in screwballs.  You can write this kind of humor with nothing more than insight into human nature and enough love for your characters to laugh at […]

Will Write For Chocolate: Old School Writing

I know some of you write by hand on a regular basis, but I’ve gotten very used to my keyboard. Just recently, however, I’ve started purposely writing in an old-fashioned paper notebook from time to time. I find that there’s something liberating about being able to brainstorm new story ideas on paper, plus it gives […]

12 Days Of Writer (Unboxed) Christmas

In case any of you can’t read the tiny text under “4 Lovely ARCS,” the covers are from Therese Walsh’s MOON SISTERS novel, which comes out in March, 2014. If you’ve been enjoying Writer Unboxed, I strongly encourage you to show your support by pre-ordering Therese’s book as well as marking it “Want To Read” […]

Comic: Finding Focus

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Comic: Grammar Police (and Comic Caption Winner from last time)

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in my Comic Caption Contest from last month. So many wonderful entries! Congrats to Linda W., who came up with the winning caption: Runners-up: “Of course I’m having a bier. Why aren’t you drinking a Bloody Mary?” — Ray Pace “I may have a book deal, but at least […]

Comic Caption Challenge: Book Characters At A Bar (plus my exciting book news!)

Any caption suggestions? Please post below in the comments section – please post one caption at a time, and let someone else post a comment before posting another. Vote for the caption(s) you like by clicking on “Like.” Caption suggestion with the most Likes by Sat. May 18th gets a selection of writer-focused greeting cards from […]

Comic: Writer At Tax Time

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Comic: A Good Hook

  News since the last time I posted: I’m delighted to announce I’ll be illustrating Michael Ian Black’s new picture book, NAKED! See the announcement in Entertainment Weekly. Scheduled for publication in Summer 2014. 0

Comic: Writers’ Resolutions

  I do admit that I waver between making New Year’s Resolutions and not making them, depending on the year and how I’m feeling. I LOVE Juliet Marillier’s Nine Good Gifts For The New Year (posted earlier in the week) so felt compelled to add one of her Gifts to my comic today. 0

Writers: Enjoy Every Success, No Matter How Small

The quote “Writers: enjoy every success, no matter how small” came from Nathan Bransford, and it’s such good advice. Sometimes we get so obsessed with some big goal (getting published, writing a bestseller, etc.) that we forget to enjoy good moments along the way. — Debbie p.s. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, I encourage […]