Tag Archives: Donald Maass

So, Maybe Not

Last week, Women’s Fiction Writers Association hosted Donald Maass, who taught a course on “Inner vs. Outer.” Basically, it was an advanced course on presenting your character’s emotions through an artful blend of both showing and telling. It was tough, … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Belonging

People who have things in common usually find ways to get together, maybe for no other reason than to discover they aren’t alone or . . . weird. They spend time together, hours sometimes, doing what they enjoy, discussing it, … Continue reading

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Early Lessons from The Black Dahlia

Back in January of 2010, I made a New Year’s resolution some of you may remember: to read every book Donald Maass used as an example in his The Fire in Fiction. All this time, and I’m just now hitting chapter … Continue reading

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The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars For a while now, I’ve been squeezing into my meager reading time books Donald Maass used as examples in his writer’s manual The Fire in Fiction. Connelly’s The … Continue reading

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The Survivors Club, by Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner wrote the epitome of a thriller. Tense, exciting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and incredible characterization make this book a must-read for lovers of this genre, and a must-study for writers in general. The Survivors Club, one of Donald Maass’s examples … Continue reading

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I’m Spoiled

Tami Hoag’s Alibi Man is one of the ones Donald Maass touted in his The Fire in Fiction as an example of how to soften a “larger than life” character. Elena Estes, Hoag’s tough-lady hero, is human and vulnerable, and … Continue reading

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Next Book on the List

Anyone notice how long Vince Flynn’s Memorial Day stayed “on the nightstand” in the sidebar? If you did, you’re probably thinking I’m the slowest reader on the planet. In my defense, I (1) finished it a long time ago and … Continue reading

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Red Leaves, a Must Read for 2010

Red Leaves, by Thomas H. Cook,  is the first book Donald Maass used as an example in his The Fire in Fiction, and believe me, Maass knew what he was doing.  On the cover of the 2006 edition of this … Continue reading

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Maass’s Average Joe

If it weren’t for the amount of time I’m going to spend singing the praises of a writer named Thomas H. Cook, I would’ve titled this post: The Failure of Resolution #5.  Res. 5 goes something like this: “I will … Continue reading

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My Favorite Books of 2009

Most of my friends already posted their top ten reads of 2009–actually, I got the idea from them, I’m just late getting this post up. So, here we go, in no particular order, my faves of 2009 (all these books … Continue reading

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