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Tag Archives: writing fiction
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
Posted in write tips, Writing, Writing Tips Tagged #amwriting, write tips, Writing, writing fiction, Writing Tips 8 Comments
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
Posted in write tips, Writing, Writing Tips Tagged #amwriting, #writetip, novel writing, writing emotion, writing fiction 13 Comments
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
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
Posted in Cooking and Recipes, Misc., write tips, Writing, Writing Tips Tagged chili, contemporary romance, contemporary womens fiction, creole, genre, gumbo, Recipes, romance, writing fiction, writing novels 15 Comments
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
Posted in write tips, Writing, Writing Tips Tagged character, first person, Jack Ryan, novel writing, omniscient, POV, setting description, Tom Clancy, Writing, writing fiction, Writing Tips 6 Comments
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
Posted in Writing, Writing How-To Books, Writing Tips Tagged brainstorming, KM Weiland, outlining, Outlining Your Novel, Writing, writing fiction 4 Comments
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
Posted in Writing, Writing Tips Tagged fiction, novel writing, romance writing, write tip, writing fiction 2 Comments