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Category: Writing Tips

Creating Characters Who Matter

Welcome to today’s guest blogger, Merrilee Robson whose post focuses on the characters we create… A magazine editor recently commented that a secondary character in one of my short stories didn’t seem very upset about the death of another character. My first reaction was, “Well, of course she’s upset. Her best friend just died!” But…

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Planning Your Novel

Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Beth Barany who offers advice about planning our novels… Do you like plotting your story before you write it? I don’t! That is, I don’t like the sound of “plotting.” Sounds so boring and feels heavy. Like “plodding.” I’ve learned, though, through lots of trial and error that if…

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Stop Waiting for the Muse

Say hello to today’s guest blogger Judy Penz Sheluk who opens with a quote from one of my favorite mystery writers…   I love that quote, not just because it means that even someone as prolific as Christie had the occasional struggle to get the words down, but because it absolutely sums up the life…

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Critiquing…a Necessary Evil

Let’s wish today’s guest blogger a happy birthday and send her good vibes as she waits for news about two stories that are with editors. Say hello to Debbi Crocovia who I know from working with her at the Outreach International Chapter of RWA. Here she shares with us tips on critiquing your work….and thank you…

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The Meaning of Writing

Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Heather Gooden who shares something I think we all discover as writers… I’m grateful to be here guest blogging today. I was told to write about something writing related, so I decided I wanted to talk about what writing means to me. I’ve always loved to write, but for…

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Writing from the Real

  Welcome our first guest blogger of fall, David Hagerty, who tells us about how real life events inspire his stories… True events have inspired most of my work, including all three novels in my Duncan Cochrane mystery series about an Illinois governor whose daughter is murdered. For me, writing from real life offers both…

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Why I Teach, Coach and Mentor

  A few months ago a friend asked me why I decided to teach writing workshops and launch a coaching and mentoring service when it obviously cuts into my own writing time. I didn’t have to think about my response, in the same way, I didn’t think about whether or not I should teach.  Just…

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