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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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 Writing: Scene Structure and MRUs in Action

Crime writing: scene structure and MRUs

I’ve veered away from writing tips on this blog; there are far better teachers out there and a gazillion writing blogs. But lately, several writers have asked me how to write thrillers and mysteries that are nearly impossible to put down. blush I hate hearing that, don’t you? LOL My answer is always: study…

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Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

Profiling 101: Breeding Monsters Among Mankind

I’m thrilled to have my buddy David Villalva here today. Some of you might know him from Story and Craft (now called www.davidvillalva.com). If you don’t follow his blog, I highly recommend it. David has a fantastic way of making you laugh out loud as he teaches the craft of storytelling. This post is classic David.…

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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 Use Emotion Memory

Brandilyn Collins’ has a fantastic craft book entitled Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets A Novelist Can Learn From Actors. I contacted Brandilyn to ask if I could share a ‘secret’ from her book, and she graciously agreed. This ‘secret’ is about using your Emotion Memory. As crime writers we often…

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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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