E-Book Self-Publishing—It’s a Minefield Out There


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Self-publishing an e-book is relatively quick and easy nowadays, which is why so many authors are taking that route. If you’re one of them, you might want to read this…

The Writer’s Toolbox: Dialogue – Part 3


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One of my clients, a man who hopes to become a successful novelist, recently told me that his favorite writers are Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, and Nelson DeMille….

Take a Bow


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Guest post by Tarra Gordon, author of Confessions of the Crow. Here is what I’ve learned about the challenge of writing: There are lots of ups and downs. One moment…

The Writer’s Toolbox: Dialogue – Part 2


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In my blog post of February 10, 2014 (The Writer’s Toolbox: Dialogue – Part 1), I included an excerpt from Lawrence Block’s mystery novel A Long Line of Dead Men….

The Writer’s Toolbox: Dialogue – Part 1


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I hope you’ve been keeping your toolbox close at hand, and that you reach into it whenever you need a tool to help you breathe life into a character, build…

2014 Book Industry Predictions


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As you know, the book publishing industry is still wrestling with the e-book revolution. So are those of us who write books. I found this recent Huffington Post article to…

The Writer’s Toolbox


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You’ve probably seen this optical illusion. Most people initially see the image as a vase. But looking at it a different way, it becomes the silhouette of two faces. If…

The Narrative Hook


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“Did I ever tell you about the two-headed pig we had on the farm when I was a kid?” My dad loved to tell stories, and he always launched them…

A Thanksgiving Story


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On November 25, 1975, two days before Thanksgiving, I decided to become a writer. I made this decision while sitting at a small desk in a roadside motel in Newberry,…

Physical Setting: Stage Prop or Story


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An old, faded blue pickup was parked out front, engine idling. If you like suspense novels with dark souls, you’ll probably like Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Hill is one…