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A Review: Night Side of Dark

I met Caleb Pirtle III at the ETBU Conference in Marshall, TX, this year, and what a treasure that was! He has written numerous books and three teleplays for network TV, including “Gambler 5: Playing for Keeps,” the fifth in … Continue reading

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Hearing Voices

When you’re awake at three a.m. agonizing over your manuscript, whose voice do you hear? What is it saying? If you’re hearing your characters working out their tough scene, you’re in good shape. If you’re hearing the encouraging cheer of someone who … Continue reading

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The Black Dahlia, a review

Donald Maass used The Black Dahlia in The Fire in Fiction to illustrate how to make a character “special.” Since no one personality would appeal to all readers, the best way to make a character special is to show how … Continue reading

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