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Which Professions Have the Most Psychopaths? The Fewest?

If you’re a fiction writer, especially one who writes thrillers or suspense, this is information that will help you create characters that add reality to your story. As you read this information, picture characters in your previous fiction and ask yourself how you might have improved characterization or pat yourself on the back that you […]

The Cutting Floor: Wind in the Wires Outtakes by Janet Chester Bly

Today’s guest blogger is Janet Chester Blywho is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. She will share her experience with cutting scenes from her lastest novel, Wind In The Wires, to make the story better. Cutting scenes is not easly. Writers get attached to their favorite scenes or creative ideas and want them to remain in […]

Storytelling in Action

Suspense, mysteries, and westerns are not the only genres that need action. Keeping your story filled with action-packed verbs helps the plot to move forward and creates a “page-turner.” Passive voice is only one kind of inactive writing. Selecting inexplicit verbs and “deadwood” sentence structure also keeps you from creating a moving, active plot. Passive […]

Don’t Make Their Lives Easy – by Gail Gaymer Martin

Too often authors make situations too easy for characters. They like the people they create, and just as they want happiness and success for their real life friends, they want the same for their characters. But a novel with easy to resolved problems is really a “why bother” story. Real life piles problems on people […]

The Word of Mouth Phenomenon

What most inspires you to see a movie? Is it a review? A trailer? You read the book? A friend made recommended it? Perhaps you use a combination of these, but a trailer often skews the actual quality of the movie. The laughs you have in a comedy trailer might be the only laughs in […]

Uses of Introspection

Years ago, I had a Q & A blog for Writers, and when I read these a month or so ago, I found some questions that are still pertinent today. So this post will take a look at Introspection and answer this readers question: Is interior monologue direct thought or is it reflection? Is there a […]

Symbolism by guest Stephanie Prichard

One of my favorite options of this blog is inviting guest bloggers to share their ideas on using the various elements or techniques in the craft of writing fiction. Today my guest is Stephanie Prichard who has  co-author a faith-filled novel with her husband Don. Not only does she share ideas on using symbolism to enhance the meanings within your novel, but also is […]

WHAT I LEARNED WHILE WRITING A SERIES—by Christine Lindsay

When I first starting writing Shadowed in Silk I didn’t plan on it being a series, but as the story took shape I realized there was just too much going on in the lives of my secondary characters. The full story could only be told in a three book series Twilight of the British Raj. […]

Throw-Back Thursday Q & A: Ten Ways Authors Can Promote A Book

Using the idea of throwback Thursday, I looked at some of my old website posts from years ago, and found numerous ones that were significant for novelists and writers today. One feature I had was a list of Questions that I’d received from writers and my Answers. Today I will offer the updated post on: Question: What can […]

Following The Research Trail to Highland Hall from Carrie Turansky

Today my guest blogger is award-winning novelist Carrie Turansky author of of more than a dozen novels and novellas. Her most recent novel The Daughter of Handland Hall is from The Edwardian Brides, Book 2. Thanks Carrie for telling the audience of Writing Fiction about your research experiences and techniques. Research is key for the historical novelist. I’ve found […]