Fiction Writing: Elements of An Irresistible Opening– Test Yours!

I’ve had a couple of great days. Yesterday I located a buried body, excavated the grave site, collected evidence, studied the victim’s bones in the lab and was able to ID the victim from missing persons records. And all without leaving my living room. How? I’ll tell you that later in…

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How To Romance Your Readers – And Sell More Stories

With us today is Dr. John Yeoman from Writers’ Village. He has an impressive resume, including being a successful commercial novelist for 42 years!  I’m honored to have him with us today, and to have his personal email in case I ever have a question.  Whoops, did I say that…

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When is a writer an author?

When does a writer make the leap to author? This is a question I’ve pondered for years.  I know what “they” say.  By “they” I assume it means industry standards.  They say a writer becomes an author once they become published.  OK, let’s use that standard.  Does that mean traditionally published…

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Real Life Serial Killers– What makes them tick?

The serial killer has become wildly popular in crime fiction.  Maybe they are so fascinating to us, as readers, because they are complicated creatures.  They are deliciously bad.  We, as writers, are told never to make our antagonist (bad guy) all bad, or our protagonist all good. Dr. Hannibal Lector…

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A writer's busy life.

Writers have very busy lives.  I had no idea how busy until I decided to write full-time. 1.  You need to constantly work on your WIP (work in progress, for non-writers). 2.  Create and post regularly to your blog and/or website or both. 3.  You need to join the best…

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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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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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Character Building– Why is JUSTIFIED justified in fiction writing

Why is Justified, the TV show, justified in fiction writing? Your characters are what your story is all about, right?  Without a character there can be no story.  So why do some writers spend lots and lots of time developing their characters, while others do not?  The simple answer is–…

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