Category : Writing Craft

Written on Mar, 17, 2016 by in | 1 Comment.
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A lot of people ask me, "I've always wanted to write a book, but where do I start?" It's a great question. There are more writing tips out there than fish in the sea, but here's seven basic tips: 1. The time is now, don't wait for the muse I'm sure there are millions of people with the excuses: "I'll …

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Written on Oct, 18, 2015 by in , | 5 Comments.
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Do you have limited writing time but big goals? A guest post today, by my fantasy author friend, Autumn Birt. Are you a writer? If so, are you meeting your writing goals? Writing is a passion, one usually cobbled together from stolen moments and highs of inspiration. But if you get the writing bug and you get it bad, finding …

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Written on Oct, 04, 2015 by in , | 3 Comments.

Hello readers. This post is going to be a little different, and I ask you in advance to please ignore all typos and mistakes. You'll get to see why in a moment. a couple of years ago, I experimented with dictation for writing my books, instead of typing. I did so for about a month, and then return to the …

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Written on Jun, 01, 2015 by in , | 8 Comments.
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Ever feel like you are going in circles? Sure you do. Everyone does, right? I'm the type of writer known as an outliner, which means I like to plan my whole story in advance and make detailed notes on every scene and every step of the plot, start to finish. It's the engineer in me. It gives me a framework. …

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Written on Nov, 08, 2014 by in , , | 3 Comments.

Hello everyone. My 2nd Necromancer tour is over and during it I did a few guest posts. Here they are, in case any take your fancy. And, by the way, thank you all for your support of Necromancer – it continues to sell well daily. What was I thinking? – My experiences writing my romantic adventure serial. What would our current world …

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Written on Apr, 23, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Everyone has a novel in them. Or so the saying goes. Friends and colleagues often approach me, often sheepishly, about their desire to write a book, or problems they are having in getting started. Well it’s fantastic news that you want to write a novel! Go for it. Here are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked. I …

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Written on Mar, 08, 2014 by in , | 2 Comments.

First world problems for authors: Editor deadlines. How much of a stressor is this for the modern author? Though authors have worked with publishing and editorial deadlines ever since some ancient druid told his craftsman “Finish runes on this stone before setting sun at solstice, or Gods seek revenge!”, I believe deadlines have grown tougher in recent years. Why? Since …

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Written on Jan, 27, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Does a plot have to have an antagonist – a villain? Do you enjoy books or movies without a villain? One of the classic plot lines for a story is a protagonist – the hero – defeating the antagonist. It’s the classic good vs. evil tale, and in most cases the hero is an underdog, someone thrust into the limelight …

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Written on Nov, 30, 2013 by in | 4 Comments.

I’m sure most people think authors are a calm and level-headed breed. Our bio and PR pictures depict us as well groomed and smiling, and we try to be witty and intellectual at dinner parties. Ours is one of the few professions where glasses and gray hair can actually improve our standing and charisma. It’s all true (not), but you …

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Written on Aug, 30, 2013 by in | 5 Comments.

Ah, the exclamation point, or exclamation mark as some call it… I believe it is seriously overused, and I like to think that most editors would agree with me. Don’t you hate reading a book where every piece of dialog ends in one? Commonly it us used to indicate a raised voice, shouting, surprise, alarm, etc. Lazy! (See what I …

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