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All I Ever Needed to Know about being a Healthy Person I Learned from Paranormal Characters Who Challenge the Status Quo by Lynn Crandall

Posted by Guest at Mar 25, 2016 10:12 am in , , , , ,

They do exist. And they’re not going anywhere. My tag line for my Fierce Hearts series suggests something unknown lives among us and these unknowns belong on the planet just like other forms of life. In the case of my books, what exists are were-lynxes, a colony of them. Each of the ten were-lynx shifters […]

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Murder, She Writes—Kill Those Characters by Suzanne Johnson

Posted by Guest at Jul 26, 2013 2:51 am in , , , , , , ,

Every author, early in his or her career, hears the old adage to “murder your darlings.” Generally, it means being willing to kill off favorite scenes when they don’t serve to advance the plot of one’s story. It also should mean to be willing to take risks in plot and character. Burn it down. Kill […]

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Conquering Fight Scenes (Part 2) by K.M. Fawcett

Posted by Guest at Jul 8, 2013 9:00 am in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This is a continuation from June 20th’s blog post on Conquering Fight Scenes (Part 1) in which we discussed pacing, action-reaction, clarity/word choice, emotion, dialog, and the climatic battle. The following are more points to keep in mind when creating your fight scenes. Characterization: How a character reacts to a confrontation depends on who he or […]

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Jump Start Your Writing Process by Åsa Maria Bradley

Posted by Guest at Mar 20, 2013 6:16 pm in , , , , , ,

For me, the most difficult part about writing a book is not developing three dimensional characters, crafting a tight and properly paced plot, or perfecting the phrasing of my sentences. I do those things in my head all the time while I’m walking the dog, having a shower, or standing in line at the grocery […]

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth – by Alexis Morgan

Posted by Guest at Mar 4, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , , ,

One of the hardest parts of embarking on a new series is getting to know the people who comprise the initial cast of characters. I’m talking about the folks who will play a major role in the story whether they appear in just one book or across several. It’s important that I get them right […]

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Finding Your Emotional Rhythm by Eileen Wilks

Posted by Guest at Feb 21, 2013 2:59 pm in , , , ,

What in the world is emotional rhythm?    And why should you care?   It has nothing to do with your own emotional ups and downs and everything to do with the journey you take readers on. Emotional rhythm is the emotional pacing of a story. Like pacing in general, it occurs on both the […]

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Who is Speaking Please? by Åsa Maria Bradley

Posted by Guest at Jan 31, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , ,

A few years ago, a critique partner told me that she had problems distinguishing between my characters. I had worked hard to create a unique quirk for each of them. My hero often cursed and my heroine had a certain way of flipping her hair. When I asked for clarification, my dear CP said, “They […]

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Creating New Characters in a Character Driven World by Sayde Grace

Posted by Guest at Jan 22, 2013 7:16 pm in , , , , , ,

Hello everyone! First let me give a huge thank you to FFnP for allowing me the honor and pleasure to be here guest blogging today. When I first decided to write a book I knew two things: one I wanted it to be about werewolves and two I had no clue where to start. Thankfully […]

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Even if she’s a shape-shifting, telepathic starship captain for the Fae, MARY SUE MUST DIE! by Carol A. Strickland

Posted by Guest at Nov 20, 2012 2:35 pm in , , , ,

Mary Sue is such a lovely woman. She’s witty, extremely talented in multitudes of fields, gorgeous, and can rise to take command of any occasion. Everyone she’s ever spoken to, adores her without limit. And that is why she must die, die, die! According to the never-wrong Wikipedia, “A Mary Sue… is a fictional character […]

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GETTING INTO CHARACTER with Margay Leah Justice

Posted by Guest at Oct 9, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

I have a confession to make. I hear voices in my head. Now, under normal circumstances, this confession would make one question their sanity and perhaps lead to years of intensive therapy. But I left out an important part of the confession: I am a writer. The voices I hear in my head are those […]

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