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bonnie-j-gordon's picture
Jan.07.2014
Nothing makes me feel stupider, less talented or more guilty than working on a first draft. Except not working on a first draft.
pauline-rowson's picture
Jan.02.2014
2014 promises to be another productive and interesting year. I don't make New Year's Resolutions but I do like to set goals and then measure the achievement of them throughout the year.  This comes as a result of my business background in Marketing where goal setting is important just as...
rob-loughran's picture
Feb.06.2013
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a viral campaign to help bring awareness to writers and their works in progress and hopefully guide new fans to their work. My friend Linda McCabe answered these same ten questions about her forthcoming novel Fate of the Saracen Knight: volume two in the Bradamante...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
May.28.2012
I thought I'd never finish this damn book. Actually, I'm not even finished, but I did stick a fork in the first draft of book number two earlier this afternoon. That's been my goal all weekend, and it's been a moving target for a number of weeks. Before I went to the Saints & Sinners festival...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
May.24.2012
As in, I am one chapter away from finishing the first draft of book 2. I can do this. In fact, I can do this this weekend. There, I've said it. I'm throwing down the gauntlet. By the end of the day Monday (because this weekend is a holiday, for my non-U.S. friends and readers), I will be able to...
catherine-nagle's picture
Sep.14.2011
Just to be with you…   Whenever  I receive an invitation to blog in the Red Room, I am overjoyed! Sometimes the challenges are beyond me, and I don’t participate. However, when there is the slightest chance that I just might have something worthwhile to say; the doors are open wide to my...
adele-annesi's picture
Aug.12.2011
The phrase "hatching a plot" once had a sinister connotation, usually in reference to criminals. Not so for writers. Compelling plots and subplots with the strong narrative pull described in "Created to Compel: The Use of Prologue in Water for Elephants" (2011 August 8) need...
pauline-rowson's picture
Jul.29.2011
I've now written 70,000 words of the next DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel which will be number eight in the series.  Number seven, A Killing Coast, is scheduled for publication in hardcover early in 2012. As soon as I have the jacket image and more information on the publication details...
pauline-rowson's picture
Jun.23.2011
Editing is an essential part of writing, a point that I hammered home on the Crime Writing Workshop I ran last Saturday. It is a critical requirement to getting published by a publishing house and is even more important if self-publishing.  Editing is an important part of an author's job. The first...
gina-hagler's picture
May.31.2011
I finally sat down to write last week.  Not to write the things I write for other people.  This was to write something purely discretionary.  I've been feeling like I was ready to write something  but not really sure what it was.  Imagine my surprise and delight when it turned out to be science...