Monthly Archives: April 2016

Please don’t let these be snake eggs . . .

WRITING IN REAL life is not what I had in mind when I was a little girl, tip of my tongue out while deep in thought, fretting over pages in my blanket fort. I thought it would be eating my … Continue reading

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Keeping track of pesky characters: How to use a Character Tracker

HAVE YOU EVER been happily reading one of your favorite authors and mid-way through, one of the names of the secondary (but key) character’s name changed? I know. Secondary Characters, Villains and their minions–it’s a lot to keep up with. … Continue reading

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Who is your *Book Boyfriend* and why?

I’M RE-READING Robert B. Parker’s old Spenser novels (not the new ones, even though I do like Ace Atkin’s take on the character) and remembering why I fell in love with the detective genre. I love it that no matter how … Continue reading

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Suspense vs. Surprise: How to really hook your readers . . .

ONWARD AND UPWARD:  TO SAVE THE CAT. So. We’ve polished our Logline, crafted a winning Opening Scene, established the Status Quo for our reader (showing the world as it is, and foreshadowed the changes that are coming), stated what is … Continue reading

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I hate *Change*–turns out I’m not alone *How Change can fix your fiction

TODAY WE’RE LOOKING at Save the Cat Beats 4 & 5—The importance of The Call to Adventure, Refusing the Call, and a new look at The Wake Up Call . . . More than 99% of the people I know … Continue reading

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Find your calling (*turns out mine’s not related to Romance)

THOUGH IT WAS MY FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL, Scoop was not my first novel—it was my second. My first novel was a romance (all my friends are awesome romance novelists). It was a good book. But it wasn’t great–it did, however, … Continue reading

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Kick-butt beginnings: Start your book with a bang . . .

INTRODUCE YOUR CHARACTER, their *world*, your genre and tone, and *show* us your story, please don’t *tell* it. Piece of cake, right? Right. Despite the fact that we’re writing different novels in different genres (some of us in different worlds … Continue reading

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