Pets: Ways to Include Animals to Enhance Your Fictional World

Using fictional pets in writing

I love writing pets into my stories. Not only is a great way to show a killer’s soft side, but they become important family members for the main characters. In my stories, I’ve used a Rottweiler, mastiff, and St. Bernard (MARRED and CLEAVED), a calico, tabby, and all-black cat (Wings…

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Rhythmic Beats… Fiction Writing

Sentence rhythm

You may have noticed I’ve been absent lately. To meet my deadline I’ve had to pull away from social media while I work on my first rounds of edits for Marred, design my cover with the art department, and write my tagline and jacket blurb. It’s an exciting time, but I also…

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How To Write A Killer Hook

I was having a conversation about creating a killer Hook with my writing coach and friend, critically-acclaimed author Larry Brooks, and it got me thinking about how others could benefit from his advice. We all know how important a great Hook (<- capped for clarity) is, regardless of genre. This…

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How To Craft A One-Page Synopsis Using Story Beats

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The dreaded synopsis. Anyone who’s chosen the traditional path into publishing knows these pesky buggers are enough to drive a writer to drink… literally. I have good news and bad. The good news is I’ve found a solution to help keep your liver in tact. The bad, no matter how…

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To The Writer Who Dares To Dream…

Friends often ask me why I’m glued to my computer, always in the house working and not out having fun. My answer, “Because I have a dream.” When I first started writing a book it was exciting, new, shiny. I wanted to tell everyone about this huge undertaking. By the…

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Tips To Correct The Pacing In Your Novel (part 2)

Pinch Points in Fiction Writing

If you missed part one of this post series you can find it here. Today I’d like to talk about structure and show vs. tell vs. really showing. By structure I mean scene and sequel. If you are not familiar with the proper structure of scene and sequel go to a earlier…

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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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