Feedback and other stuff

Let me start by saying that no writer gets it right the first time. I normally hand out copies of my manuscripts to willing readers (victims) for feedback. Good writing is rewriting, but if the writer has no idea of what’s wrong with the manuscript, rewriting is likely to make things worse. Clarity is king in novels; the reader has to be able to see in his or her mind the picture the writer is trying to paint. Confused descriptions of actions or scenes or dialogue is likely to bring the reader out of that most important ‘suspension of disbelief’ frame of mind that makes all good tales ‘live’ for the reader.

Writers need feedback; nothing can replace healthy, constructive criticism of his work. If something is unclear in my work, please let me know I can fix it. 

Good writing is clear writing. Confusion is a killer.

I didn’t get much done on “Twisted Key”, yet, but I still have a few hours left in my day. I did grill a bunch of chicken wings, and ate my share, too. Sometimes a day off can be a good thing.  I made up a marinade of Mirin and soy sauce, and tossed in some shredded garlic and a few tablespoons of pureed mango. I let the chicken wings sit in the marinade for about two hours before I put them on a hot grill. I basted them with a tangy barbeque sauce once on each side while they cooked, and then left them to sit under aluminum foil for about two hours before putting them in a low oven for about twenty minutes before serving. The meat just fell off the bone.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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