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Jan.02.2014
Posted on January 2, 2014 I hope every­one had a great kick­off to 2014. Did you make Hop­pin’ John, or fol­low another tra­di­tion for good luck? If so, I hope you’ve signed up for my newslet­ter, because I’m giv­ing away a Nook Sim­ple Touch, and some author...
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Nov.05.2013
Here’s the next install­ment of Lisa Cron’s work­shop on Story from the Nov­el­ists, Inc. con­fer­ence. If you missed part 1, it’s here. That post cov­ered the phys­i­o­log­i­cal and neu­ro­log­i­cal aspects of Story, and one we had...
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Aug.29.2013
I’m in three places today. Here, at The Blood-Red Pen­cil talk­ing about the Rule of Twenty, and at Savvy Authors talk­ing about Fore­shad­ow­ing. I hope you’ll find a minute or two to drop by and say hello. Also, there’s still time to get a free down­load of Sav...
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Aug.22.2013
First, I’m over at The Blood-Red Pen­cil again today, talk­ing about a writing/editing tech­nique I heard about at the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica Uni­ver­sity. Hope you’ll drop by and check it out. Com­ments welcome. I was sad­dened to hear of the pass...
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Aug.19.2013
I’ve been work­ing on my next Maple­ton Mys­tery, and am back to using my story track­ing board. I didn’t use it for Jinx’s Black­thorne, Inc. book, mostly because I was lazy. No excuses; I didn’t take down the sticky notes from the pre­vi­ous book, and by the time...
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Aug.05.2013
Booklover’s Bench has a new con­test for August. This time, there will be 8 win­ners, so what are you wait­ing for? Gift cards and books are all on the table. Pop over to the site and click the con­test tab to see all the prizes. Con­tin­u­ing recaps of Craft­Fest...
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Jul.29.2013
First: Fel­low Booklover’s Bench authors Joanna Camp­bell Slan and Carol White are cel­e­brat­ing recent pres­ti­gious con­test wins by thank­ing read­ers via a give­away at Booklover’s Bench. Pop on over and see their news, then click the Con­test...
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Jun.27.2013
  I’ve never been big on long pas­sages of descrip­tion. When I write, I nor­mally leave all but the essen­tials out, then go back and layer things in if I think it’s too sparse. I also try to make sure descrip­tions help move things for­ward and are true to the...
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Jun.20.2013
Part 2 of my blog about pacing is at The Blood-Red Pencil today. In addi­tion, this after­noon (3 PM East­ern time), I’m going to be doing some­thing “dif­fer­ent.” I’m being inter­viewed, live, on Twit­ter. I hope some of you will stop by. You can ask questions–...
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Jun.17.2013
Tomor­row is the last day to enter the Booklover’s Bench con­test. I don’t think I need to say any­thing more. Life moves at its own pace. A minute is sixty sec­onds long; an hour sixty min­utes long. How­ever, we’ve all expe­ri­enced sit­u­a­tions...