Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

MGOC Contributor: Kaye Dacus


EXCERPT from "The Pot-Bellied Pig Method of Critiquing" by Kaye Dacus in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

The more I’ve learned about critiquing, the more I’ve come to realize that the first thing we each need to learn is how to receive critiques well. Because until we know how to receive critiques, we will never be ready to give critiques.

I’ve seen several shows on Animal Planet about the (now-waning) phenomenon of having pigs as pets rather than dogs, cats, or other “normal” animals. As I’ve learned more about them, I’ve discovered there is much we can learn from these humble animals.


Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances in the Christian publishing market. She holds an M. A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. She loves action movies and British costume dramas. When she's not writing, she enjoys knitting scarves and "lap blankets" (she's a master of the straight-line knit and purl stitches!). Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and even though she writes romance novels, she is not afraid to admit that she's never been kissed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MGOC Contributor: Chun Lee


EXCERPT from "Pursuing the Graduate Degree" by Chun Lee in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

Success in writing can take many different paths. For some, being a ranch hand for ten years may be the perfect experience necessary to write a particular book. For others success can be found through the wonderful world of academia. There certainly are a fair amount of writers who have a day job in this field so it seems they go hand in hand. If you need to do a bit of research over a topic, you could model a lesson plan around it and I also can’t think of any other job that pays you to talk about books.


Chun Lee is dodging gators and enjoying amazing Cajun cuisine in Lafayette, Louisiana. His work has appeared in The Late Late Show, Dissections, Sails and Sorcery, and the upcoming anthology Paper Blossoms, Shattered Steel. He is a graduate of the WPF program at Seton Hill University and is currently earning a Ph.D. in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.