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Holidays, Holy Days, Birthdays and More by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by Guest at Nov 26, 2015 2:09 am in , , , , , , ,

Almost all modern holidays—except for those invented to sell greeting cards or inventions such as Mother’s Day (celebrations of mothers goes way back, but the US holiday was created by Anna Jarvis and became an official holiday in 1914)—come to us from ancient times and from the lunar and solar calendars. All religions—pagan or otherwise—need […]


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More Conflict by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by sdonnelly at Jul 29, 2015 9:31 pm in , , , ,

Conflict—you can’t get too little of this in real life, and you can never have enough in fiction. A reader pays to see a character be put through the ringer—and that means you want to pile on the conflict. But there’s a danger to avoid. You want great conflict, not small arguments or even worse, […]

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Walking the Spooky Tight Rope

Posted by Guest at Feb 12, 2015 1:18 am in , , ,

by Shannon Donnelly When you tackle paranormal romance (or romantic suspense) you’re actually taking on TWO plotting challenges. A romance has the romance as its main plot line. That’s pretty easy to understand—the story revolves around two people who meet, who have problems, and who eventually manage to build a relationship. A paranormal (straight without […]


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The Seven Most Common Dialogue Mistakes

Posted by Guest at Sep 25, 2014 1:50 am in , , , , , ,

We all know great dialogue when we read it—and the best dialogue seems effortless. But good dialogue takes work, sometimes needing multiple edits and thinking it over and totally revising a scene. It also takes a few key ingredients. There are a few things that can help you punch your dialogue into shape—and that means […]

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It’s the Characters… by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by Guest at Jun 26, 2014 1:03 am in , , ,

The alpha hero who suddenly goes all mushy…the heroine who’s supposed to be kick-ass but she keeps needing to be saved by that alpha hero…the bad guy who seems to want the heroine just because and who knows why he’s really all that bad… What do all these characters have in common? The poor characters […]


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PACING with Shannon Donnelly

Posted by Guest at Aug 7, 2012 8:30 am in , , , , , , ,

PACING… What speeds up a story or slows it down? There are actually gas pedals and brakes in story telling that help you control the story’s pace. Why do you need pace control? Too slow a start and you never really hook the reader into the story—it’s boring before it’s even begun. Same goes for […]


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