Crows Never Forget a Face

Blessed Mayhem

Crows are amazing birds. While writing BLESSED MAYHEM, I researched them extensively, and became so intrigued I longed to befriend a crow of my own. Let’s backtrack a bit so you can see why I became so enthralled, and then we’ll move on to the bizarre events unfolding in my…

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9 Ways To Build Suspense ~ Fiction Writing

9 Ways to Build Suspense

Last month, Staci Troilo wrote a fantastic post for Story Empire about four elements of a horror story. Which inspired this post. (UPDATE: This post inspired another Story Empire post. This time by Craig Boyack. Be sure to check it out!) I don’t write horror. Many readers think I do. But…

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Crime Writer Boot Camp: Jurisdiction

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I have a real treat for you. As I’ve mentioned before, Officer X is an avid reader of crime fiction. As crime writers, we need to make our stories ring true for everyone, but especially for those who work in the field of law enforcement. So, he’s generously offered to discuss a…

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Supporting One Another In The Writing Community

As many of you know my friend and author Joe Clifford has a new book out. LAMENTATION is making its rounds. There are even talks of a movie deal. No. This is not one of those boring promotional posts, so keep reading. To get you as excited about this book…

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I've Converted! Outlining vs. Pantsing in Fiction Writing

As some of you know I’ve been working on a new book. I am very excited about this project because I think it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever written. I’ll give you a little teaser later in the post. For now I’d like to share something else. I…

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3 Tips To Correct The Pacing In Your Novel – Part One

http://www.suecoletta.comWhat is pacing?

Pacing is the rhythm of the novel, of the chapters and scenes and paragraphs and sentences. It is also the rate at which the reader reads and the speed at which the events unfold. By using specific word choices and sentence structure– scene, sequel, chapter, novel structure– we can tap the emotions of the reader so that the reader feels what the writer wants them to feel at any given point in the story.

 

Pacing is especially important in crime writing.

Almost everything you read on the internet deals with picking up the pace, because so many new writers pace their novels too slowly. But what if you’re like me, someone who writes at break-neck speed, never giving the reader a break from the action? I know when I’m doing it too. I’m literally on the edge of my seat, feeling like I just drank 40 cups of caffeine.

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My Stamp of Approval (part 2)

One of the most amazing things I’ve noticed about the writing community is the way authors support one another. Of course like anything else I believe you get out of it what you put in. If you’re nasty to others you’ll get nasty right back– and you should! With the…

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Interview with Crime Author Joe Clifford– You don't want to miss this one!

I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and co-author on Prose & Cons, Joe Clifford.  After you read this interview I’m sure you will agree there aren’t many authors who would have answered my tough questions with such honesty.  Joe is a rare person.  He’s talented, humble, funny, an…

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Create Tension and Suspense. Keep the reader flipping pages!

I just completed the first draft of my latest novel, the sequel to Timber Point.  The working title was Dancing In The Shadows.  However, after completing the novel I thought of a title that fits better:  Silent Betrayal. I often post about what stage I’m at in the process.  Therefore,…

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