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Writing, reading & editing fictional lives


Why A Writer Needs A Hobby

We’re writers. Let’s just get that out of the way now. And writers have their share of problems, amIright? I mean, instead of relaxing, our

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Ratchet Up Your Novel’s Tension

Did you know there is one super easy way to ratchet up the tension in your novel? It doesn’t take much work on your part, but it creates an immense amount of pressure for your characters. And we all know that pressure=tension=page turner.

So what is this one little trick? It’s nothing fancy, I assure you. But it’s something that many authors use and many forget about.

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When a Beta Reader Doesn’t “Get” Your Novel

I want to talk about beta readers today (again). It’s something I’ve been putting my WIP through, and it’s been eye-opening in many ways. Having someone else read over your writing will reveal your insecurities and writing faux pas to you in a surprising way–especially when they are listed, one after the other, in a critical way.
Just recently I had both the good luck and the terrifying luck of having a(nother) beta reader read my pre-published novel. So far, from 7 different readers, the reactions have been (generally) positive.

It’s encouraging to be at this point, where the plot points are relatively solid…or so I thought.

I have to admit that there are some experiences in Spurn the Moon that are outside my particular experiences. Enter the 7th reader.

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Bernadette & the Stranger

Are you looking for a new short story to read? On a budget? Well, for the next two days (three counting today), my newest

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Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows

Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno “For the first time in my life, I felt like a normal person with one

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Writer Interrupted: Writing Amongst Distractions (IWSG July)

6 characteristics writers must have.

Writing requires sacrifices. But chances are, if you’re meant to write, whatever you gave up, you’ll forget what it was in the first place.

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Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron Publication date: June 7, 2016   I picked this book up from NetGalley, thinking it sounded

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The Difference Between Filtering and Telling

Another Writing Rule The writing world is full of writing tips, writing rules, and general rules of thumb. Bad writers ignore (or don’t know)

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When You Are Not Enough: IWSG June

It’s that time again: Time to consider our failures and insecurities as writers and announce them to the world. And today I’m going to

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The Break Up (IWSG May 2016)

I have a confession to make. I’m breaking up with blogging. Let me explain before you go all “Ross” on me. No, it’s not.

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