Tag Archives: fiction writing

How to Keep Your Character Engaged

You’ve probably seen Chuck Palahniuk’s quote before. He prefaces it with “One of the most common mistakes beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone.” I have to add that the second most common mistake beginning writers make is to … Continue reading

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Especially for Writers

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Great Lesson About POV

I spent a little time this past weekend catching up on my emails and blog subscriptions. I am always behind, and sometimes the only thing I can do when I get overwhelmed is delete the lot of them. I’m glad I … Continue reading

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Especially for Writers

 

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Especially for Writers

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That “Lone Tear” Drips Again

Flora’s Wish, book 1 of The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, has climbed to the #1 spot of my “favorite historicals” list. Kathleen Y’Barbo is a master-writer, showing those of us who care to learn how to develop character … Continue reading

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Deep Antagonist Characterization

I got pulled aside at a recent conference by someone who was agonizing over her story idea. We talked about it—she had a great idea, just didn’t quite know how to execute it. We discussed plot, ending, characters. The way … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 1)

If you ever have an opportunity to go to a session with New York literary agent Donald Maass, let me suggest you tote at least one manuscript idea and something with which to take copious notes. I don’t take notes on the … Continue reading

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Writing Goals to Strive For

Remember this from a few weeks ago? I love it, not just for the idea it presents, but also for the way it presents that idea. It’s new, different, and original, and I wish I’d been clever enough to write … Continue reading

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Writing Again

Remember this mug from last Friday? I want it. It serves a dual purpose–it would announce to whomever may care that I’m writing again and, if I’m not writing again, it would serve as a constant reminder that I’m supposed … Continue reading

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