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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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Genre-qualified: Remember Your Audience

The first novel I ever wrote was a mystery. More precisely, it was a mish-mash police procedural-cozy-suspense/thriller with a romance subplot. I used my experience watching Law and Order as my guide and sole source of investigative and procedural techniques. For the rest, … Continue reading

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Readers are Forgiving

Writers have rules. They may not be carved in stone; they can be bent, broken, circumvented, but they’re still general guidelines that we’re supposed to follow. Generally. For the most part, readers don’t know this. They know what genre they … Continue reading

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Five Quick Steps Toward More Mature Writing

Whenever I see a new client’s manuscript, I can tell almost instantly how mature the writing is just by flipping through a few pages. How? Because there are things that newbies do almost universally. But the good news is, of all … Continue reading

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Gettin’ beat up

I love this meme. I posted it last Friday with the rest of the “Especially for Writers” memes, but the reason this particular one resonates with me is because it’s the story of my career. Here are some lessons from … Continue reading

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Ellie Calls Him Daddy

In last Wednesday’s post, “Deep POV: Thinking Like Your Character,” I explained about how clumsy familial relationships can be when writing in deep POV. I’ve written about it before, and keep forgetting to clarify about using the POV character’s name. Sure enough, … Continue reading

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Character Purpose

Bruce Dern–the actor who’ll forever be known for shooting John Wayne in the back in The Cowboys, poor guy. I read an interview with him in American Cowboy, and he said something that struck a chord with me as an author. He’s talking … Continue reading

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Review: 50 Days of Hay

I met this author and his wife at the Gathering of Authors in Texarkana not long ago. He’s not really a fiction writer; he’s an expert in human resources, leadership, management–things like that. And I have to admit, you can … Continue reading

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Especially for Writers

By the way–if you’re in the Texarkana, Arkansas area, come join me here~~~

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Setting Description Techniques

Margo entered the restaurant and searched for her sister and niece in the noon crowd. Plastic molded tables were filled with teenagers, mothers, and blue-collar workers chatting over food baskets. Above the cash register, a bright sign presented the menu … Continue reading

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