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Kick Ass First Five Pages: Like a Cat–ruthless, with a little bit of butt-wiggling

EVER WATCH A cat take down its prey? Felines notice everything, all at once, and singularly focus on the task at hand *or paw, as the case may be.* A complete and utter widening of the eyes, muscles completely still, except the … Continue reading

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Into each life a little redneck must fall . . .

A WISE WOMAN once told me not to feel too bad about winding up with another Redneck, consoling me with,”Listen, Honey, into each life, a little redneck must fall.” I’m finished re-issuing Scoop (the book that won Mystery Guild Author … 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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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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Yeah, you can train a jackass. But why would you want to?

  ONCE UPON A time, in a different life (before I started really writing),  I worked at an exotic vet clinic (a doctor’s office for the care and mending of unusual animals), and one of the many manuals we received … Continue reading

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Today is now The Official Screw Rejection Day

I’M PROCLAIMING TODAY *Screw Rejection Day.* I got some disappointing news that I *took* as rejection, when in fact, after re-reading it, was not. It was a *We love it, can’t do it right now, but please try again later* … Continue reading

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Story Boarding: Save the Cat, Save your Story

TODAY, I’M REVAMPING, rearranging scenes and adding at least two Story Turns my Story Board, getting ready for my workshop on my modified Save the Cat: Screenwriting Tips & Tricks for Fiction. We are all born with an innate understanding … Continue reading

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