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

https://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 Writing Process blog tour

This is the last blog tour on my schedule. This tour hit the authors on Prose & Cons. A few of them, anyway. First up was Helen Hanson. Helen works in the high-tech sector, which informs her geeky thrillers. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, she wrote # 1 bestselling technothriller, 3…

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What's In The Trunk?! A group story with Prose & Cons

The Prose & Cons blog address says it best: a unique and portable magic. Books. They can make us stay up late at night, miss our train stop, forget our problems, or teach us something, as in Mia Thompson’s post Six Things to do when Attacked or Abducted. That magical…

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Cookie Monster robbed a store this morning!

This morning I was half-listening to the morning news while doing my usual routine, reading blogs and emails.  When I looked up at the TV I said, “Cookie Monster robbed a store?  That’s an interesting way to disguise yourself.” My husband, Bob, looked at me like I had three heads.…

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Descriptions in fiction writing

Many writers struggle with descriptions.  How much detail do you give?  How important is it that I describe this object/place?  How do you go about describing an everyday object so you don’t bore your reader?  I’m not talking about people today just objects.  Although with people you certainly don’t want…

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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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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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