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A WORD ABOUT THIS BLOGPosted Friday, March 4, 2011, at 7:54 AM
The title of this blog, "The Mad Author," comes from the idea I've always had that writers are akin to mad scientists, taking something from almost nothing--the germ of an idea, a snippet of conversation overheard, a colorful character seen--and creating something whole, alive and wonderful.
At least we hope our finished product is wonderful. It can also turn out monstrous, taking on a life of its own, turning on us and lumbering out into the world to cause us embarrassment and shame.
But with hard work, from the skeleton of an outline to the heart of characterization, our creation can stand tall and proud, something fully fleshed-out and wondrous to behold.
If you have any interest in writing, I hope you'll find this blog helpful. For several years I've taught writing throughout the Midwest. This blog will proceed through the steps of creation in the same order as my day-long seminars. We'll start with our reasons for writing, organizing, and helpful publications; we will proceed with the mechanics of writing effective dialogue, sentences and paragraphs; then we will move on to query letters, literary agents and finding a publisher.
You are invited to submit questions. Please keep in mind that writing is subjective, as is the writing process. I'll answer your questions as best I can, from my own learning experiences over a long writing career. Other authors may disagree with some of my answers. That doesn't mean I'm right and they're wrong, or vice versa. It means simply that we each come to our own conclusions via our personal experiences.
Keep in mind also that this blog is written in a conversational tone. I'm not going to worry obsessively about making every sentence perfect, since that's not how friends talk to each other (one another?). So, if you spot the occasional dangling participle or misplaced modifier, well, so be it.
And so we begin our journey.
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Jean Tennant has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. Beginning with short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, she eventually branched out to full-length work, with several novels published by Warner Books, Kensington and Silhouette. Now the owner of Shapato Publishing, LLC, in Everly, Iowa, she teaches writers' workshops throughout the Midwest, for which her schedule can be seen at: www.jeantennant.com. Jean lives in Everly with her husband, Grover Reiser, and their dogs, Kirby and Dakota. Favorite quote: "Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx.