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Villains in Literature and Cinema

The greatest villains in story are those who appear sympathetic and are complex; their goals and their ideals always appear reasonable. They make sense – even if they’re psychotic in their origin. The machinations of the villain always work against … Continue reading

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The Online Persona for the Artist or, Online Forums are Minefields

First of all, I am not immune. I get myself into trouble ALL THE TIME. We all use online public forums in one way or another to get our views, news, and opinions across to complete strangers. Most of the … Continue reading

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Why Your Characters Must Have It Bad

Imagine: Frodo is given a magic ring by his eccentric uncle that makes him invisible. All Frodo does in the novel is put it on and play a practical joke every once in awhile on Sam or Merry or Pippin, … Continue reading

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Time and the Writer

Okay, first of all, I’m not as prolific as I used to be – writing. I’ve found as I’ve gotten published, my production has fallen off. I don’t tally that to the reason I do not have time, though, but … Continue reading

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First Draft Novels: What Are They Good For?

      There’s a saying, I’d like to think it was Victor Hugo (but if any of you who know better can feel better to correct me), that a writer should devote him/herself to finishing the first draft of … Continue reading

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Writing a Novel Synopsis

“The synopsis is grueling and hardly fun to write, but remember that every novelist – whether unknown or a bestseller – has to do them.” – Dean R Koontz Dean gave me that bit of advice many years ago when … Continue reading

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Are Writers’ Critique Groups Worth It?

I think most of us have been in these at one time or another. Some operate as cozy little critique/review groups for amateur writers; others are formal mini “conferences.” All are designed to help guide and inspire their members to … Continue reading

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