Writing

Articles and books about the writing process.

From Fighter Pilot to Book Publisher…RIP Lieutenant Colonel Neil Levin (USMC Ret.)

 

My former publisher passed away on January 1, 2015, in Oceanside, CA. The day after his passing, I reflect on what this man did for my writing career. Before 2008, I was a longtime freelance writer with multiple credits in national publications. But my one dream…the dream that seemed to elude me for nearly two decades…was to get my first novel into the hands of a traditional publisher, i.e., a publisher who believed in my work enough to invest time and money into my work.

My Dogfight with Jargon

Military pilots joke that we would fall apart without acronyms and jargon - well, I joke about that.

Aviation has a language of its own. Can you decipher this:

"Ghost 11, Jacksonville Center, descend at pilots discretion, you are cleared BIGGI at or below flight level two-four-zero."

2014 MWSA Book Award Winners

I'm proud to announce the 2014 MWSA Book Award winners! Congratulations, everyone!

 

 

2014 MWSA Award Winners

 

 

President’s Award

Joyce Faulkner

 

Founder’s Award

CTS [Music Video – “Hit-N-Run”]

 

 

Historical Fiction:

Gold Medal

Eyes of the Blind by John Huffman

 

Gold Medal

The Dark Side of Glory by Richard McMahon

Silver Medal

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

11 Tips on Writing Authentic Dialect

By Christine Kohler

I have lectured on voice, dialect, and using foreign language within English-language texts. In many cases it is difficult to separate the three, especially in a novel liike NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (Merit Press, 2014) which is set on a Pacific island and all the characters are POC (non-white). However, for the sake of brevity I’m going to touch on just highlights of how to write authentic dialect and leave the issue of voice and using foreign languages for different articles and workshops.

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