Don't let self-doubt stop you from achieving your goals

Don’t doubt yourself so much that you cripple yourself as a writer.  This just happened to me. As most of you know, I am a member of Prose & Cons, a multi-author blog with extremely talented and successful authors…  except me.  The harsh reality is…  I am no one’s favorite…

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New Authors Blog– Prose & Cons are breaking out!

Today is the day folks! Our new authors blog, Prose & Cons on Blogger launches today.  The Prose Cons are authors, literary agents, publishers, book reviewers and editors– books start with us.  We read them, we write them, edit them, print and promulgate them, and review them.  And we blog…

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Interview with Cat Burglar, Shawny Daniels

I am pleased to have with us today Shawny Daniels from Timber Point.  To give you a little background about Shawny, she is my protagonist (and friend) from Timber Point, Dancing In The Shadows and Mad Rush (book two and three are still WIPs) Me:  Hello, Shawny, it’s nice to…

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Hannibal TV show. Why I love it and how fiction writers can learn from it.

WARNING:  Images are NOT suitable for all ages.  They are NOT real, but still may cause nightmares in young children. Hannibal is by far one of my favorite shows on TV.  The writers behind the show are wickedly creative.  The murder scenes always amaze me:  a body engulfed by a…

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Top 5 Tips for Researching Your Fiction Novel

I write a lot of my posts according to what I am working on at the time.  Right now I am researching a subject for my sequel’s underlying plot.  I can’t reveal that subject, but it’s AWESOME!  🙂 Research is extremely time-consuming but well worth the effort.  After all, you…

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5 Tips for a Killer Ending

Before I begin, I would like to make an announcement.  Starting May 22nd, a group of authors and myself will kick off our new blog entitled Prose and Cons.  As the date gets closer I’ll give you the address so you can tune in. Now back to our regularly scheduled…

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R-R-R-Rejected!

Due to lack of participation the blog event was cancelled. However, as promised I am posting my favorite post about rejection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Stay tuned, I am writing a post about ending your novel, per request from a follower. Then I will…

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Five Elements of Thriller Writing… Creating Suspense and Tension in Thrillers

Since I am working on the sequel to Timber Point, I have to outdo myself in the original.  So I decided to research tips about creating intense suspense, twists and turns.  If who haven’t checked out my earlier posts on sequel writing, you can review them here:  Your Inner Author……

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Me and My Big Mouth! Write what you mean on social media, texting and emails

Have you ever written something and when you went back to read it you thought, “What the hell happened?” One day last week I thought I was writing magic.  The words flowed beautifully.  I thought I wrote almost-poetic prose, I loved it so much.  It seemed everything jelled nicely.  I was…

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Creating Characters in Fiction

In an earlier post Character Building– Why is JUSTIFIED justified in fiction writing I wrote about character traits.  Today I’d like to delve a little deeper. Characters are the most important element of a novel.  Today I will be concentrating mainly on the protagonist, but the same development is necessary for…

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