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THE EDITOR'S DESK: My Christmas List, by Moira Allen 
HUMOR: By the Line, by Beverly McLoughland
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION:  Tense Matters: Verbs in the Past, 
Present, and Future, by Victoria Grossack 
FEATURE: Pseudonyms: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pen
Name, by Adrienne DeWolfe    
FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS: As the Year Draws to a Close, 
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My Christmas List

Every November, various members of my family start asking me what I
want for Christmas.  I'm considered a bit "hard to buy for."  I
don't need knick-knacks -- my shelves are already crammed full of
china cats and various odds and ends I've picked up either (a)
around the world or (b) at Goodwill.  I don't want anyone else
picking out clothes for me.  The idea of a blender in the latest
designer colors does not excite me.  My husband usually finds an
interesting bit of jewelry for me, but reserves that privilege for
himself.  So I am forced to make a list of other "wants."

Travel, for instance.  There are many places in the world that I
have yet to visit, so it would be nice to receive tickets to those
destinations.  A touch of time-travel would be especially welcome;
much as I'd like to visit Venice, for instance, I'd be even more
delighted to visit it in, say, the 14th century.  I'd love to make
a visit to Victorian Britain as well, though I certainly wouldn't
want to live there...

Knowledge would be another fine gift.  There are loads of things
I'd like to learn more about.  Right now, I'm exploring the Silk
Road, thanks to a recent visit to the Smithsonian.  Perhaps after
that I could be gifted with a trip to London, or Paris, or Rome. 
I'm not picky.

Inspiration is always welcome.  I should not say no to the
opportunity of being uplifted, encouraged, or, perhaps, challenged.
 Provided, of course, it is done well and in the right spirit!

I certainly would enjoy being amused and entertained.  Bring it on!
 Make me laugh.  Make me cry.  In this, I am surely as demanding as
Scheherazade's husband -- I expect to be entertained lavishly and
unfailingly, night after night.  1001 nights won't even begin to
cut it!  Keep it coming, I say!

I would not mind participating in the solution of a heinous crime
or two, provided that the process can be accompanied by a cup of
tea and a biscuit (though I frown upon the unnecessary addition of
sixteen biscuit RECIPES to the process).  

I would greatly enjoy having an intelligent conversation with a
cat.  As it stands, I have many conversations with my cat, and each
of us, I am certain, regards our own portion of the conversation as
"intelligent," but has grave doubts about the contribution of the

A lively craft class would not be amiss, or perhaps some
instruction in cookery.  

And the list goes on and on.  World travel, world-class
entertainment, gourmet feasts, in a never-ending atmosphere of
learning and inspiration... well, who WOULDN'T put such things on
their Christmas wish-list?

Of course, I also realize that if I were to actually present this
list to my relatives, they might start to imagine that I am even
stranger than... well, than they ALREADY imagine.  (And I suspect
some of them imagine that I'm pretty strange.  Possibly, some of
you imagine this as well!)

So, instead, I smile and hand my relatives a book-list.  And with
that, they are happy, for they realize that they can fulfill my
"Christmas wishes" with nothing more than a short visit to Amazon
-- and, if they buy used, with very little actual financial outlay.

And I am happy, because I know that I'm going to get everything I
wanted.  And then some.

So with that, I will add one more item to my wish list: That all
your holiday dreams come true, and that this season be one of
infinite blessings.  This is our last newsletter of the year; we
will see you all again in 2013!

-- Moira Allen, Editor


Some Holiday Announcements

Of course, I wasn't QUITE done!  Here are a few updates before we
go our separate ways for the remainder of the year:

1) The Writer's Year is back for 2013!  Hundreds of you downloaded
our free writer's datebook in 2012, so I've posted a new edition
for 2013.  Once again, it's absolutely free to download.  This
year, I've tried to streamline it a bit to make it easier to print
(and less expensive if you'd like to buy the spiral-bound hardcopy
from Lulu.com).  As before, it offers space to track your
activities (especially useful if you're billing a client or just
wondering "where does the time go"), plus a weekly spot for a to-do
list and deadlines, and a space at the end of each day to record
your achievements and tasks completed.  Plus, of course, lots of
inspirational writing quotes.  This is a wonderfully helpful
time-management tool, and (hint hint, nudge nudge) a great gift for
a writer on your Christmas list!  Go to 
http://www.writing-world.com/year/index.shtml for the download
links and Lulu order link.

2) On a related note, have you come up with any interesting
time-management or time-saving techniques this past year?  If so,
I'd like to hear from you.  I hope to put together a collection of
our readers' best time-management tips, so please send your
suggestions to "editors"at" writing-world.com" with "Time Tips" in the
subject line.

3) We've made some updates to the website, switched a few things
around, and done various other things that I won't bore you with. 
However, we HAVE added one feature that I think many of you will
like: A green "print-friendly" button at the top of every page. 
Many readers have complained about the difficulty in reading or
printing articles from the site due to the ads and background;
well, this button solves all that.  Just click it and you can read
(and print) every article ad-free.  You can even adjust the font
size.  Check the box for "no images" or individually select the
portions of the page you want to eliminate.  This comes courtesy of

4) I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Have a wonderful
holiday season!   

-- Moira Allen, Editor 

Copyright 2012 Moira Allen 


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HUMOR: By the Line, by Beverly McLoughland
      Poets are paid by the line
      which would be mightily fine
      if you're a Milton penning Paradise Lost,

      but it simply won't do
      if you write quatrains or Haiku -
      your check barely would cover the cost

      of the letter you've sent
      (and what about rent?)
      and you do like to butter your bread,

      break your lines, here
                     like e.e. cummings
                     a few words
                     to type


Beverly McLoughland is a much published children's poet and author
of children's books.  One of her most recent books is "A Hippo's a
Heap: And Other Animal Poems."

Copyright 2012 Beverly McLoughland

This poem may not be reprinted without the written permission of
the author.


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Tense Matters: Verbs in the Past, Present, and Future 

Verbs, more than any other part of speech, give your story the
drama of action.  Without verbs your sentences are just a bunch of
words -- a descriptive poem, at best -- a still life.  

One of the first choices a writer must make with respect to verbs
is to pick a tense.  So let's talk about how the different tenses
can impact your storytelling.

Simple Tenses
The English language has many tenses, but we'll concentrate on the
three simple categories. 

Simple Past: They walked
Simple Present: They walk
Simple Future: They will walk (or They shall walk)

Most stories -- I'm referring to the narration, the non-dialogue
passages - are told in "simple past." Here are two famous

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."  Charles
Dickens, "A Tale of Two Cities."

"Mother died today."  Albert Camus, "The Stranger."

Some stories are told in the "simple present." 

"Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a
backboard bolted to it.  Legs, shouts.  The scrape and snap of Keds
on loose alley pebbles seems to catapult their voices high into the
moist March air blue above the wires.  Rabbit Angstrom, coming up
the alley in a business suit, stops and watches, though he's
twenty-six and six three."  John Updike, "Rabbit, Run."

Some readers find the present tense too artsy, and when I encounter
a story in it, I usually need several paragraphs to adjust. 
Nevertheless, Updike enjoyed composing in it.  "I liked writing in
the present tense. You can move between minds, between thoughts and
objects and events with a curious ease not available to the past
tense. I don't know if it is clear to the reader as it is to the
person writing, but there are kinds of poetry, kinds of music you
can strike off in the present tense." 

Very few stories are told in the "simple future."  In fact, I know
don't know of any!  However, changing the tense of the passages
above yields some interesting results:

Dickens in the future: "It will be the best of times, it will be
the worst of times..."  This sounds like the prediction for just
after an election, when one party will be ecstatic with victory
while the other is downcast with defeat.

Camus in the future: "Mother will die today."  This sounds ominous
and could make a powerful opening sentence.

Updike in the future: "Boys will be playing basketball around a
telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.  Legs, shouts.  The
scrape and snap of Keds on loose alley pebbles will seem to
catapult their voices high into the moist March air blue above the
wires.  Rabbit Angstrom, coming up the alley in a business suit,
will stop and watch, though he's twenty-six and six three."  This
paragraph sounds more like the directions being given for a film,
and readers would tire of it quickly.

It's difficult to imagine a story told completely in the simple
future, but a judicious sprinkling of the future tense could add a
sense of foreboding.

Different Tenses for Different Threads
While researching this article, I came across several discussion
threads where people wondered if they were "allowed" to write some
sections of their novels in the past tense and others in the
present tense.  

First, there's no law against it!  You may have pushback from
agents and publishers and readers -- but they may like it if you do
it well.  Second, if scenes belong in the past tense, write them in
the past tense, while if scenes occur in the present or the future,
you may choose those tenses.  

What DOES matter is that switching tenses can jar the reader.  So
you should not do it randomly but rather when you have a reason for
it.  For example, shifts between the present and the past may
indicate different threads of a story, as in Dickens' "Bleak
House."  Dickens also uses the change of tense as a time to
indicate a different narrator.

In our novel, "Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus," the prologue
and the epilogue are written in present tense, while the rest of
the novel is in the past tense.   In fact, many books are
introduced in present tense; here's an example:

"I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus
This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all
my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my
friends and relatives and associates as 'Claudius the Idiot,' or
'That Claudius,' or 'Claudius the Stammerer,' or
'Clau-Clau-Claudius' or at best as 'Poor Uncle Claudius,' am now
about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my
earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the
fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of
fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the
'golden predicament' from which I have never since become
disentangled." - Robert Graves, "I, Claudius."

The sentence above - and yes, there is only one sentence -- employs
several tenses.  The announcement that he will tell the story is
given in the simple present (the words "I am" -- you have to look
for them but they're there, although not right next to each other)
while the summary of the story is in the simple past (the words "I
found").  Starting in present tense gives the narrator the chance
to say hello to the readers, to invite them to sit down and to make
themselves comfortable -- because the readers are basically living
in the present tense -- before segueing into the past and the bulk
of the story.

Peeved with Perfection
Besides the simple past, present and future tense, there are many
others.  We'll review another set: those called perfect.

The perfect tenses are used to describe actions that are, relative
to the simple tenses, already finished.  That may be as clear as
mud, so here are some examples:

Past perfect: They had walked
Present perfect:  They have walked
Future perfect: They will have walked

"Present perfect" is used frequently in conversation where it
causes no problems.  "Future perfect" is an awkward tense --
popping up in time travel stories in which the characters
themselves often comment on the awkwardness of the tense -- but it
is employed rarely.  "Past perfect," however, is another matter.

Past perfect signals to the reader that the narrator is referring
to an earlier time.  Example:

Mary swore under her breath as she realized she had a flat tire. 
She pulled to the curb, got out and went to the back, hoping that
Steve had fixed the spare.  She popped open the trunk and relaxed:
he had replaced the spare.

Then it started to rain.

This is fine; past perfect has its place, and the "had replaced the
spare" obviously occurs before the tire goes flat.  Besides, the
narrator returns to using simple past when the rain starts. 
Unfortunately, some authors get stuck in the past perfect.  Example:

Jake woke up and remembered what had happened yesterday.  He had
eaten breakfast, had showered and afterwards had gone to school. 
He had gone to his first period class, where he had been suddenly
summoned to the principal's office.

There he had received the worst news of his life.

I dislike this for several reasons.  First, I think it is
unnecessary.  The author has already moved the story to an earlier
time, and does not need to keep signaling this move.  I accept that
some grammarians may choose to argue with me!  Second -- and this
may be my own pet peeve -- when the past perfect continues
paragraph after paragraph, I stop paying attention to the story and
start noticing how often the author uses the word "had."  This is
especially frustrating when a passage could be made less annoying
with a few edits:

Jake woke up and remembered what had happened yesterday.  He had
eaten breakfast, showered and afterwards had gone to school.  He
went to his first period class, where he was suddenly summoned to
the principal's office.

There he received the worst news of his life.

Whether or not you stay in the past perfect is of course your
choice, but I believe that it should be used in small doses.  If
you jump time again, you can signal the jump with another phrase,
such as, "That was yesterday -- this was today -- what would he

You need enough "hads" to make it clear to the reader at what point
the current passage is taking place.  Hence I have kept the first
two "hads" and have edited out the rest.  

Conclusion and References
When I started this column I wanted to write about the eight parts
of speech: verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs,
prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.  But that proved
impossible, so I restricted myself to verbs, and then whittled it
down to verb tenses.  Far more could be written even on this
subject - I'm saving my modal auxiliary rant for another time! -
let alone verbs and parts of speech.  

If you want to delve further, here are some links:



The quote from John Updike about his writing comes from his book,
"The Art of Fiction."

Until next time, by which point you will have digested this article.

Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English
Literature at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and
articles in publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I
Love Cats. She teaches a variety of writing classes at 
http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/courses.html.  Victoria
Grossack is the co-author of the Tapestry of Bronze series
(Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes; Arrow of
Artemis) based on Greek myths and set in the late Bronze Age. 
Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids, and (though
American) spends most of her time in Europe.  Her hobbies include
gardening, hiking and bird-watching.  Visit her website at 
http://www.tapestryofbronze.com, or contact her at tapestry (at)
tapestryofbronze (dot) com.   

Copyright 2012 Victoria Grossack

This article may not be reprinted without the written permission of
the author.

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Writing Jobs and Opportunities

Go Seeking Submissions
Go is an inflight magazine covering travel and general interest
articles.  Their editorial calendar is up for 2013.  Read previous
issues first to get an idea of the style and voice of the articles.
 Submit queries only. They buy one-time only rights and payment
varies.  For more information visit:  

Digital Americana Open to Submissions
Digital Americana is now open for submissions of fiction, flash
fiction, poetry and nonfiction. They are looking for
thoughtfully-crafted and immersive literary experiences--with
special attention being paid to work that conveys a modern American
theme, perspective, or experience. The submission period ends on
January 3, 2013.  No mention of payment is made. For more
information visit: 

Draft is a men's magazine covering beer, travel, sports, food and
leisure activities.  You don't need to be a beer expert to write
for the magazine; many of the articles are general interest
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FEATURE: Pseudonyms: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pen Name
By Adrienne DeWolfe

Pseudonyms abound in writing circles. What doesn't abound is clear
and insightful advice on how to choose the best pen name for a
long-term career in novel writing.

Let's have some fun. Check out the names of these genre fiction
authors: Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jack Higgins, Rebecca
Brandewyne, Issac Asimov, Barbara Michaels, Alistair MacLean, Eboni

Do they or don't they write novels under pseudonyms?

(Keep reading for the exciting answers to your pop quiz.)

One of the biggest decisions you'll face as a newly contracted
author is whether or not to write under a pseudonym. Choosing a
pseudonym -- which is sometimes referred to as a pen name or a nom
de plume -- will also be one of your greatest creative challenges.
In fact, it's far more difficult to name yourself than to name a
character when you're writing novels!

Whenever fiction writers ask for my advice about pseudonyms,
they're usually wondering:

a) Why do published authors choose to write under a pen name, and

b) How do genre fiction writers choose a "good" nom de plume.

The answers aren't cut-and-dried. There are many reasons to write
under a pseudonym. Some considerations are emotional (honoring a
relative or mentor); some involve self-protection (keeping
aggressive fans from tracking you down); and some considerations
are strictly professional (your real name is too complex for the
average person to pronounce, spell, or remember.)

Later in their novel writing careers, some authors choose to change
the name under which they write. A variety of reasons exist for
this decision, including:

1) The author wishes to write in multiple fiction genres or
sub-genres but doesn't want to confuse his/her core readership. For
example, bestselling Romance novelist Nora Roberts (her real name)
decided to try her hand at futuristic suspense. She chose to write
the new genre under the pseudonym, J.D. Robb.

2) The author wishes to start fresh. If an author's rate of return
is 50% or higher (after his third published novel), publishers will
shy away from buying that author's future books. To overcome this
"sales stigma", an author might bury his name (or pen name) and
give birth to a new pseudonym, hoping for a second chance with
publishers and readers.

Choosing whether to write novels under a pseudonym is a highly
personal, and often emotional, matter. It's important to remember
that the decision is, at its core, a business one. Before
finalizing your choice, confer with your agent and editor, as well
as your spouse.

Your advisors can help you make the best choice for your novel
writing only if you're clear about your long-term career goals. You
need to carefully consider how publicity (both positive and
negative) will impact your life, your family's lives, and any other
businesses that you may own now or in the future.

Most importantly, you need to understand the far-reaching impact of
publicity upon your privacy, as well as your right to privacy,
under the law, after you become a public figure.

Here are 10 questions to consider as you decide whether or not to
write under a pseudonym:

1. How comfortable are you with having your real name splashed all
over the Internet, especially if your writing is being savaged in a
blog post or book review?

2. Are you likely to attract more readers in your fiction genre if
you're writing novels as a male or a female?

3. Would your name be easier to remember, pronounce, or spell if it
was more generic?

4. Is your real name so common that it could be easily confused
with the name of someone else (for instance, a highly publicized
white collar criminal or another author in your fiction genre?)

5. Would you prefer to err on the side of caution, protecting your
loved ones from your followers or from any future career fall-out
that you may suffer?

6. How comfortable are you with the idea that fans and detractors
may be able to find you in the phone book and show up at your house
or your place of business?

7. Is your preferred pseudonym easy to spell and remember?

8. Does your real name invoke a positive association with the
fiction genre that you're writing? (For instance, if your birth
name is Cherry Clapp, you may face hurdles in the Romance genre.)

9. Are you planning to write in multiple fiction genres?

10. Where is your preferred pseudonym likely to be shelved? (At the
bottom of a book store's stacks? Near the name of a bestselling
author in your fiction genre?)

Okay: I promised you some answers to the pseudonym mystery, "Do
they or don't they write under pen names?" So here goes:

Robin Hobb (her pseudonym) writes epic Fantasy. She also writes as
Megan Lindholm.

Stephen King (his real name) writes Horror. He also writes as
Richard Bachman, Eleanor Druse, Steve King, and John Swithen.

Jack Higgins (his pseudonym) writes Mystery. He also writes as
Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe.

Rebecca Brandewyne (her real name) writes historical Romance.

Issac Asimov (his real name) wrote Science Fiction. He also wrote
as Paul French and George E. Dale.

Barbara Michaels (her pseudonym) writes gothic and supernatural
Thrillers. She also writes as Elizabeth Peters.

Alistair MacLean (his real name) writes Mystery. He also writes as
Ian Stuart.

Eboni Snoe (her pseudonym) writes African-American Romance.

For better or worse, your pseudonym will follow you throughout your
novel writing career. It will become your brand, characterizing
your public persona and the types of books that you write.

Like any decision, choosing a pseudonym has its pros and cons. It
can offer you a layer of protection from the public and help you
retain a degree of privacy.

While deciding whether or not to write under a pseudonym, I
encourage you to research the privacy rights that public figures
are entitled to under the law.

That way, you'll start your novel writing career with your eyes
wide open. 

Published by Bantam Books and Avon Books, Adrienne deWolfe is an
award-winning genre fiction novelist and freelance writer based in
Texas. She offers the free, downloadable report, "20 Questions
Editors Ask Before Buying Your Book," which can be accessed at
http://eepurl.com/eGgbs For more tips about the business (and
humor) of novel writing, check out her blog at 

Copyright 2012 Adrienne deWolfe 
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with permission. 

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Free Stuff for Writers:  As the Year Draws to a Close
By Aline Lechaye
When the end of a year rolls round, I tend to spend a lot of time
making plans for the upcoming year -- what will I write next year?
Which editors should I query? Which forgotten projects should I
dust off and try to work on again? If you're also looking for some
good topics to write or query about, read on and I'll introduce you
to a couple of websites that can help you find what's "trending" in
the world of today. 

At the end of each year, I also like to spend some time cleaning up
my space -- filing, digitalizing, shredding, and so on. And for
those of you who are doing that right now, read on to find some
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people searched for that same keyword over time, which countries
that keyword is popular in, and what related searches have been
carried out lately. You can also go one step further and use Google
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statistics on some subjects you've probably never even thought
about. You may be surprised by what you find out!

OCR -- Optical Character Recognition -- is a type of software that
recognizes text present in an image or PDF file, and extracts it
into an editable text file for you, so you don't have to type
everything up yourself. New OCR (http://www.newocr.com/) is an
online OCR tool with no file upload limit, and language support for
58 languages. The finished text can be downloaded as a text file,
exported as an editable Google Docs file, translated via Google
Translate, or copied to your clipboard. No registration is required
to use the service. 

Two more online conversion tools that you may find useful are
nitro's PDF to Excel (http://www.pdftoexcelonline.com/), and
nitro's PDF to Word (http://www.pdftoword.com/). As the names
imply, these are online converters for turning PDF files into word
or excel files. After conversion, the finished word or excel file
is emailed to your inbox. The conversion speed is pretty quick -- a
ten page PDF file took half a minute to upload, and the converted
file appeared in my inbox about two or three minutes after that.
The quality of the conversion varies depending on the quality of
the original PDF file. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Copyright Aline Lechaye 2012  

Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye at gmail.com

Copyright 2012 Aline Lechaye

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