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Especially for Writers

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When Val Kilmer Winks

Remember the scene in Tombstone, when Doc Holiday winks at Billy Clanton at the OK Corral? Wyatt Earp says something like, “Aw, hell,” and all hell breaks loose in the scene. Wyatt, played by Kurt Russel, wasn’t responding to Val Kilmer’s … Continue reading

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Stop with the Tears!

I’m drowning in salt water. In everything I’ve read these days, I’ve come across tears. Sad tears, happy tears, sentimental tears. Single tears, rivers of tears. Dampness, wetness. Welling, trailing, trickling down. Men, women, heroes, heroines, protagonists, antagonists — they all … Continue reading

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March Madness Lessons for Writers

  Last Thursday night, the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin State University axed West Virginia’s sweet sixteen hopes in an upset 70-56 win. Senior Thomas Walkup was at his best — drawing fouls, hitting his shots, generally making a name … Continue reading

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On Chili and Gumbo and Writing in Genre

I forgot to write a post for Monday. I don’t know why. I’m late today, but this time I do know why–I can’t think what to write about. The only thing that comes to mind is the Chili Cook-off we had at … Continue reading

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Setting Descriptions: Keep in Character

    Whether you write in intimate first person, which allows the reader to experience what the characters experience as if walking around in their skin, or a more distant person, where some omniscient someone tells the story, often from … Continue reading

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In the On-Going Saga . . .

Past few weeks, I’ve been letting y’all know of my creative process for developing an entr’acte for what I’m now calling the Romance on the Circle Bar Ranch series (title subject to change . . . again). Time for another installment. … Continue reading

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Tense Out

Do you have enough tension in your scenes? They’re all supposed to snap and crackle like a live wire in the rain, ya know. How’s your electricity flowing? Yesterday, mine fizzled. Had to rip out the entire scene and rewrite … Continue reading

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Adventures in Writing

I’m trying some different techniques as I write Riding Herd, the sequel to Give the Lady a Ride. I’m not editing as I go, and I trying to outline the plot. This latter isn’t too unusual, but as a pantser, I’ve outlined far more … Continue reading

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Deconstructing “City Slickers”

Chris Vogler was ACFW’s Early Bird speaker, and an impressive one at that. Mr. Vogler has quite a list of creds attached to his name, particularly with Hollywood. His book, The Writer’s Journey, is a best seller among writing manuals, especially for screen … Continue reading

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