On Conflict

Since I’m still elbow-deep in re-writes and crit buddy Misty Waters is holding my feet to the fire so that I can get this thing finished, I’m re-routing you guys to a fabulous post on CONFLICT. The post, via Kristen Lamb, pretty much sums up the difference between conflict and bad situations. I once blogged […]

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The Gaze

Quick post today about the word gaze. It’s a perfectly fine word, I suppose. But for some reason I’m beginning to LOATHE it. I think it’s because it’s become my Lazy-Go-To-Word when I can’t think of any other way to describe my character doing something. I automatically fall back on the eyes. Because the eyes […]

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Backing Up Your Work

Yesterday I had an incident with my laptop. The internal battery died. Again. And…it took a day’s writing to the grave with it. Auto recover did not auto recover even though it was set to save throughout the day every 10 minutes. The file wasn’t saved somewhere else in my computer. It was gone. And […]

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In Defense of Dialogue Tags

This weekend I read a book I thought I would love. The opening pages hooked me. There wasn’t a single dialogue tag. Not one. The nonverbals were epic. But then I kept reading. Eventually…about 30 pages in…it felt like one big run-on sentence and I found myself a little distraught. I’d imagined genius at work on […]

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The Plot Whisperer Review, Interview & Giveaway: Coming Soon!

I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of The Plot Whisperer’s new book: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master for review! On October 26th I will not only post a review of this fabulous writing tool, but also a question/answer session with Martha Alderson herself. On top of that, I’ll be giving […]

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What’s Your Style?

Ever read a book and think, Gee. I really like how this author transitions scenes? Or maybe it was the way they structured sentences or used fragments or foreshadowed. Maybe you hated the way an author used flashback or started too many sentences the same way. We all pick up different elements of style as […]

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