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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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Finding Yourself in Writing

We make such unforgiving demands upon ourselves as artists, Any artist, really. We define our success by fame, by sales, by the final balance in our bank account. The life of all artists is a lonely life. I have known … 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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Tips on Character Creation

When you think of a book, short story, film, or television program, what is the FIRST thing that comes to mind? The main characters of course! When I’m getting slapped around Facebook, I notice that a good portion of my … Continue reading

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