Monthly Archives: May 2013

Character Dimensions

Human beings are three-dimensional. Your characters should be, too. This is what makes them compelling. This is what makes us fall in love with them or love to hate them. I’ve often come across posts online where authors are asking … Continue reading

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Editing on Slush Heap

I just had a great time appearing on Slushheap.com’s Google Hangout On Air. It was loads of fun. The host, Rudi Fischer, ran the show wonderfully with a little help from my hubby John, who was filling in for their … Continue reading

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What Makes the Editor Tick

Last Thursday, I was interviewed at Luscious Literaries. It was a fun interview, and I hope you pop over and take a look. Kassanna was a gracious host. It will help you learn a bit about me, you’ll see my … Continue reading

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Your Toolbox

You’re a writer. What do you use? Words. Words are your most frequently used tool. Make friends with them. Caress them. Fondle them. Throw them against the wall. Whatever you do, use them. Get a dictionary. Make sure you’re using … Continue reading

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Cut the Clutter

Part of being a writer is knowing what to dramatize and what to leave out. Wait. Did I say to leave something out? Why, yes I did. I’ve touched on it before, but I see it time and again in … Continue reading

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Milestones

Does your story have milestone scenes or does it wander all over the place? Milestone scenes serve a specific function in a story and support the structure. These are the points in your story where new information  comes in and … Continue reading

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Growth and Improvement

Do you still grow and improve with each book you write? You should. Each book should improve your storytelling skills. Every time you stretch those plot muscles, they should get stronger. Every time you get edits back marking the same … Continue reading

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The Senses

When writing your scenes, don’t forget to use all five senses. It’s so easy to just use the visual. She saw the wind whipping through the trees. Bill saw the car flip and land on its roof, spinning gradually to … Continue reading

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Devaluation of Copyrights

I see the huge reason why self-publishing is trendy today… I have even done it myself! There is a huge digital land grab in the making… we have seen many governments and companies backing the idea of protecting copyrights and … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene

Where your scene takes place is, in many ways, as important as the scene itself. It sets the mood, the tone. The environment your characters are in can contrast sharply with what’s going on or add to the emotion. Perhaps … Continue reading

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