Thank YOU! And A Sneak Peek of MARRED

Because I’m a bit of a nonconformist I’m not going to write a Thanksgiving post. There are plenty out there for you to enjoy. I will say, however, that I am thankful for my blogging community, in other words YOU, my followers on Twitter, tribe mates on Triberr, friends on…

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I've Converted! Outlining vs. Pantsing in Fiction Writing

As some of you know I’ve been working on a new book. I am very excited about this project because I think it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever written. I’ll give you a little teaser later in the post. For now I’d like to share something else. I…

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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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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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Test Your Story’s Opening Line– Fiction Writing

I’m taking a masters class through Writers Village and I thought I’d share with you the “secret formula” to your opening lines. It’s called the Hologram test.  What is the Hologram test?  It’s a golden rule that the first 100 words of your novel be a hologram, a teasing but true…

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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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Please don't base your success or failure by what you read on the internet

I don’t normally bash other people’s posts.  If you own a blog you have the right to say anything you want.  Right?  Well, in this case no.  And I’ll tell you why. I was reading a post (I won’t reveal what blog or the author because that wouldn’t be right)…

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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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Every writer's dream… A Stranger Reads My Book by Arthur Kerns

The day before yesterday, Author Arthur Kerns posted a story on Prose & Cons entitled A STRANGER READS MY BOOK. It was such a great story I had to share it with you.  Hopefully you have already read this story because you’re following Prose & Cons at: www.auniqueandportablemagic.blogspot.com, but if…

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