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Where the WORD is IT :: Editorial/Writing Assistance offered by author, editor, educator Shōn Bacon

Check Me Out @ Author Terra Little’s Blog! May 31, 2008

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Today, CHICKLITGURRL stops by author Terra Little’s blog to talk about HOW TO MAKE YOUR EDITOR HAPPY.

In the article, I talk about little things that writers can do to their manuscript to “help” alleviate stress on the editor when it’s his or her time to make the manuscript SHINE!

Do you have problems with punctuation, tag lines, points of view, capitalization, showing vs. telling, camping vs. marching, active vs. passive voice, and pitching your story? If so, come read what I have to say and add YOUR two cents!

Here’s the link: (LINK)

See you there!




Yes, yes, yes! My screenplay, THE PROBLEM WITH BEING HAPPY, is done! I finished the first draft a few days ago. Today, I went through it and did one of my first edits. I plan to work on the treatment and logline (which I have rough drafts of) next week. I’ve already done some extensive research on agents, managers, and production companies. I plan to start going through the research and selecting people to submit to in about a week or two.

My next project will be a novel that I’m targeting Harlequin’s STEEPLE HILL line for, and then………yes, the ideas keep COMING AND COMING, 🙂

Gotta love that! 🙂


My Mother’s Day Tribute on APOOO May 19, 2008

As part of APOOO’S month-long Mother’s Day tribute, I pay honor to my grandmother, Audrey Marilyn Bacon, in a story-commentary titled AND I RISE.

Please take the time to read it, to comment on it, and to share YOUR stories about the wonderful mother figures in YOUR LIFE. We shouldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day on just ONE DAY, and with APOOO — now we don’t have to!

Here’s the link to my tribute: (LINK)


My Next Column on Blogging in Black – LIVE! May 17, 2008

Every once in a while, as columnist on BiB, I will be doing a series titled THE ANATOMY OF AN AUTHOR. These interviews are different than others I’ve done in the past. These attempt to look beyond the latest publication to learn about what attracted an author to writing, how many books an author actually wrote before getting one published, the search for agents and editors, the publication of a work, and the promotion of a work, among other things.

My FIRST interview for THE ANATOMY OF AN AUTHOR is Terra Little, whose novel RUNNING FROM MERCY was released this year from Q Boro Books!

Please take the time to head over to BiB (WEBSITE) to check out the interview and to LEAVE COMMENTS.

Much appreciated ~~ Shon


Breaking Through… May 12, 2008

This weekend, somehow…some way…creativity reared its magnificent head, and I managed to get 20 pages of my screenplay written. Is it good? I have absolutely no idea, but it’s there, and I couldn’t be more happy.

I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. I took out the pages I previously wrote and reread them. I took out my loose treatment and read through it. I found where I left off, and I paused. I thought for a good ten, fifteen minutes – TV off, cell phone on mute, iPod off…and just thought about my characters and the storyline. Next thing I know, it’s 7 in the morning, the sun is leaking through the blinds, and I had trudged through 15 pages of the script.

That was Saturday.

Last night, I wrote another five pages.

Today, I have worked my freaking ass off here on campus and managed to do all my “work” work…at work, so I hope to get into a new scene today.
Wish me luck!


When Creativity Knocks… May 9, 2008

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…one should obviously answer the door, right? Well, I’d think that, too, but the last 16 weeks have been a major rollercoaster in my life, and unfortunately, my writing…my creativity has taken a MAJOR backseat to life’s goings on.

I’m hoping to rectify that soon. My brain already knows that the semester is winding down, and it’s already beginning to spawn more ideas for me to work on…now, I need some quiet time to actually sit, think, and try to write.

This is supposed to be my passion, the real reason I feel like I was placed on this earth. If that’s the case, then aren’t I doing a disservice by sitting on my ass and doing nothing?

I think so. Time to get some work done, guys. My destiny is calling.


In the beginning, there was the WORD… May 8, 2008

Filed under: life,the writing life,writings — Shon @ 11:53 pm
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…and the word was CHICKLITGURRL…and it was good!

Those of you who know me – do not worry! My popular blog ~ ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING ~ is still up and actively, successfully running! There, you will find wonderful interviews with women writers – among other things!

The World According to ChickLitGurrl is more about moi…the original chicklitgurrl: Shon Bacon. Here, you can check out my bio and vita, you can learn more about my editorial services and my Writers Boot Camp, you can view some of my latest writing, and you can be in know of things that are going on with the two online magazines I edit and contribute to: SisterDivas and The Nubian Chronicles.

Definitely sit back, relax, and get caught up in my world – sometimes, it’s actually quite fun, interesting, and entertaining!