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Crisis? Ask yourself these four powerful questions! by Allie Pleiter

Posted by Guest at Sep 15, 2016 4:55 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

My online class next month deals with survival tactics to keep your creative self alive and well when life’s chaos is giving you a beating. Here’s a taste of some of the things you’ll learn if you join us—the power of asking yourself the right four questions inspired by leadership guru Michael Hyatt. Question #1. […]

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Stars in Your Pocket: Astronomical Geekery for SFR writers

Posted by Guest at Mar 9, 2015 2:41 am in , , , , , , ,

By Christie Meierz If you’re writing a romance set long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, you don’t need to know the names and locations of our local stars. You can make up your own stellar neighborhood, within certain constraints. Set your story in nearby space, however, and the route you take in […]

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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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How to Write at Lightspeed

Posted by Guest at May 5, 2014 1:59 am in , , , ,

Perfectionists tend to see their projects as long strings of words – and  there’s a natural tendency, when you have that viewpoint, to want to  start at the beginning of a piece and write straight through till, “The  End.” It’s much more productive to view your work as a landscape that you’re  viewing from above, […]

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The Transformation Twister

Posted by Guest at May 1, 2014 1:47 am in , , , ,

If you’re an author in search of that elusive publishing contract, perhaps you’re hoping to self-publish a story to rave reviews or maybe you’re researching ways to hone your craft, one of the most important skills to master in your trek to publication is character development. And a great way to guarantee your characters read […]

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The Haunting

Posted by Guest at Mar 31, 2014 1:18 am in , , , , , ,

  I have never believed in ghosts, or at least I didn’t until I stayed in Room 8 at the Tulloch Castle Hotel in Dingwall, Scotland last September. My cousin, Kathy, and I traveled to the land of our heritage, eager to visit the Munros of our ancestral clan. The town of Dingwall is near […]

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5 Things I want from a Science Fiction Romance

Posted by Guest at Mar 27, 2014 11:06 pm in , , , ,

 1. Setting. “All the world’s a stage…” according to Shakespeare, and in your story the world is the stage for your characters. Be it Earth, an alien planet, a space station etc. it might seem merely background, but your setting will colour everything in it. A space station? There’s the problem of generating or maintaining gravity and atmosphere (or sudden loss […]

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Look Who’s Dipping Into the Magic Punch Bowl: Minor Characters Add Life To Your Party

Posted by Guest at Mar 20, 2014 1:16 am in , , , , , , ,

 We love our main couples. We want them to win readers hearts while striving for their own HEA. We create their family, backstory, and carefully decide what means of transportation they will own (car, ship, dragon – hey, anything goes in paranormal)! But look beyond the hero and heroine for a minute. A huge potential […]

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Write What You Know ~ I Don’t Think So!

Posted by Guest at Mar 6, 2014 1:30 am in , , , ,

by Deborah O’Neill Cordes  Write what you know.  It’s said to be sage advice from the venerable author Mark Twain, but the provenance can’t be verified.  Whether he actually said it or not, does the quote have merit?  How would it be possible to write about the fantastic or paranormal if authors strictly adhered to […]

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Where Did I Put Those Tools?

Posted by Guest at Mar 3, 2014 1:04 am in , , , ,

 I have been looking diligently for my writing tool box so I can begin a new book!  “Ah, there it is.” I squat down to heft my large tool box, but it proves easier to lift than I remembered.  How odd! I remember filling it with wonderful words and techniques I learned while reading voraciously in […]

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