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A Tribute to Writers

Writers inspire, arouse, support, and even enrage … but no one can call us boring. For our readers we’ve watched bodies decompose at the Body Farm, witnessed autopsies and the miracle of childbirth. We’ve delved into twisted minds and nearly drowned in swirling questions of Why? or What if? We’ve…

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The Power of Storytelling

As I mentioned in an earlier post I am reading The Seventh Thunder by Larry Brooks. I don’t normally discuss the books I read because I’ve geared this blog more toward crime related topics and not book reviews. This book, however, grabbed me by the throat and hasn’t let go.…

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Three Tips To Amp Up Your Writing

There are many ways to amp up your writing.  But this first technique will surely do the trick.  Today I will share with you three secrets that you may not know. The first technique I guarantee you’ve read many times in hugely successful novels, but might not have realized that…

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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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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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I Swear To Tell The Whole Truth… Fun Fact for Fiction Writing

I just read an interesting article by Leslie Budewitz, an award-winning author and a member of Sisters In Crime, an organization I am proud to belong to. The information was so fascinating I just had to share it with you. A court reporter or a bailiff asks a witness to…

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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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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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