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chitra-banerjee-divakaruni's picture
Aug.07.2011
A while ago, a reader on my Facebook Author Page asked how one goes about creating effective characters. Here are some thoughts--and a few examples from books I've enjoyed. 1. The character should be dynamic and driven by a strong passion. So it's a good idea to give the character a powerful...
terry-odell's picture
Jul.27.2011
Don't forget the summer sale at Smashwords. What's in a Name? is 25% off, but only until the end of July. In my blog hopping the other day, I came across two posts talking about developing characters. One used worksheets and questionnaires, and suggested spending a LOT of time getting to know...
terry-odell's picture
Jul.21.2011
Have you ever read reviews or had people recommend books, and then you read them and can't understand what all the fuss is about? What works for one reader might not work for another. And there's nothing wrong with that—that's why there are so many different books! While I was in Los Angeles...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.17.2011
Why would a Japanese living in the US half the year want to read my book about an Indian Muslim woman’s journey to Pakistan that comes with psychological baggage? Why am I posing this query when I do read Latin American, South East Asian, European and American fiction and non-fiction? In...
terry-odell's picture
Jun.13.2011
First – stop reading right now and click the Deals & Steals tab. I've got an offer too good to pass up. Buy a book for 99 cents and get a $2.99 book FREE. No, I didn't get it backward. Today's post is targeted at readers more than writers, although I don't think you can really isolate one...
warren-adler's picture
Jun.11.2011
A writer’s mind is like a house with a thousand doors, all operated by some pre-tech system that opens and closes as if controlled by something akin to an infrared target line. Apparently, I crossed one of those lines and opened a door somewhere on a top floor of the house. I now realize that I...
terry-odell's picture
Jun.09.2011
Meanwhile, I’m over at The Romance Studio at a release party today. I’ll be in and out all day. If you’re so inclined, pop on over. I’m talking about WHERE DANGER HIDES, and I’m giving away a download of WHEN DANGER CALLS. When writing series or connected books, there are some extra...
pauline-rowson's picture
May.23.2011
I'm back from having a great time at Crimefest 2011 where I was delighted to meet fans of my DI Horton crime novels and my thrillers from the USA, Australia and the UK.  It was also a pleasure to meet up with my fellow crime writers and my publisher.  After arriving in Bristol at 7.15 am after...
david-alderman's picture
May.11.2011
As I write my novels, I'm really not one to outline. I don't really care for the structure, nor do I like trying to guess what my characters are going to end up doing. We all know they do whatever they want regardless of our own intentions as their writer, and trying to outline their actions...
david-alderman's picture
May.06.2011
With the first three novels in my upcoming young adult series, Expired Reality, debuting this summer, I figured I'd start introducing everyone to some of the characters from the series. Some of these characters have been near and dear to my heart since I was twelve, when I just started writing...