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Be Accountable … to Yourself

Posted by Guest at Jan 9, 2014 1:24 am in , , , , ,

  Jack London reputedly locked himself in a room for three days and came out with the completed manuscript of CALL OF THE WILD.  His family was destitute with no food in the house.  He was motivated by desperation.  I know of a struggling screenwriter who devotes a Friday evening through Monday morning to the first […]

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5 Elements That Take Your Story Idea from Notion to Novel

Posted by Guest at Feb 25, 2013 9:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

by Catherine Chant   Where do you get your ideas from? That’s a question many writers, including myself, hear from readers quite often. Most of us respond that they come from all around us. A news story, a personal anecdote heard at the school bus stop, an incident witnessed at the mall. Ideas surround us […]

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“What could they possibly see in each other?”

Posted by Guest at Feb 14, 2013 9:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

Interspecies Love for FF&P by Pamela Jaye Smith    Interspecies Love is an excellent story device through which to make observations on and suggestions for the way we humans treat each other, both as individuals and as societies, nations, and races. It is also a clever way to portray the more animal-like or just plain […]

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WORLD BUILDING by Raquel Rodriguez

Posted by Guest at Aug 31, 2012 4:17 pm in , , , , , ,

Going some place new is always fun, especially when the surroundings are not what you see every day. The anticipation mounts, and the excitement fills you up so much that you can hardly wait to arrive at your destination and begin your new adventure.  Whether a city, small town, mountain range, or beach, architecturally interesting […]

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Para/Normal Alpha by Robin Matheson

Posted by Guest at Aug 27, 2012 8:30 am in , , , , , , , ,

Para/Normal Alpha Character Skill Sets in Action By Robin Matheson In scientific terms, the word alphais used to denote the top-ranking wolf within the hierarchy of the pack. Generally a wolf/dog pack is led by a dominant alpha male because of its superior strength. [Daniel Wood. Wolves, 1994] In human fictional terms…“People fear what they […]

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The Making of a Sexy Were Beast by Terry Spear

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

When creating a world that’s out of this world, we need to set it up so that readers feel they are part of that environment. That even if it’s totally unreal, they can visualize it. So how do we do this? If it’s a totally new world, we have to describe it well enough that […]

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Writing Between the Sexes by Leigh Michaels

Posted by Guest at Jul 10, 2012 12:00 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

Let’s say you’re wandering through the bookstore, you flip open a book by someone called Chris Smith, and you read this: Joe had spiffed himself up by putting on a tie, a silly one decorated with the Three Stooges. Elizabeth was still wearing her tan suit, but she’d removed her jacket, revealing a holstered .38 […]

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TOP TEN PACING TIPS by Alicia Rasley

Posted by Guest at Jun 5, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , ,

1. Fast is not the only pace! There’s measured, slow, leisurely, contemplative, intense, depending on the story and genre. Even inside the book, you can (and probably should) vary the pacing of scenes in different parts of the book for different purposes: Slow down to create suspense, speed up in the climax. 2. Use linking […]

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Enjoy Those Unique Characters in Your Life!

Posted by Guest at Aug 4, 2011 10:00 am in , ,

By Becky Martinez We all know people who are a little “different.” People who do things that are a little unusual. We may admire them, we may criticize them, we might say, “huh?” But one thing is for certain, they’re never boring. Well, maybe we know some people who are downright boring and that in […]

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LEARNING TO WRITE THE HARD WAY (Not Recommended)

Posted by Guest at Aug 24, 2010 10:00 am in

Please welcome guest blogger Lynn Kerstan A couple of decades ago, Life as I’d known it came to an end. My wonderful mother required a caregiver, and I was it. Time spent with her was no burden, but my nights were a black hole of doom. So when a friend came up with a plan […]

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