Truer words, never written.
The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning-bug & the lightning.
You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes & vacancies but you don't know it, because you are filling them from your mind as you go along. Sometimes--but not often enough--the printer's proof-reader saves you--& offends you--with this cold sign in the margin: (?) & you search the passage & find that the insulter is right--it doesn't say what you thought it did: the gas-fixtures are there, but you didn't light the jets.
Both quotes are from Mark Twain. The first one should be every writer's first and last ambition--find the right word. The second provides both an explanation as to why proofreading one's own work is so dang hard, and allows for no excuses. Sigh. No excuses.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
TIME OF DEATH is for every reader who has ever wondered where a fiction writer's ideas come from. It tells the true story of a murder in Chapel Hill in 1963 that became the seed of Nora's novel, UNTIL PROVEN: A MYSTERY IN 2 PARTS.
We published this nonfiction book as an ebook first, and we're now happy to announce it is available in print. Find it online or at local bookstores.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Nancy Peacock's new book is the best thing you'll read this year.
The ebook is now available on Kindle and Smashwords. The print book--any day now! Watch this space.
In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
The true story of the murder in Chapel Hill in 1963 that became the seed-thought for the novel, UNTIL PROVEN . . . TIME OF DEATH is the nonfiction campanion piece to the novel. Those who read them both will have a view into the fiction writer's process.