Author Archives: MDWiselka

The Tenth Victim

If you like The Hunger Games or any similar death-game stories, you’ll love The Tenth Victim, a 1965 Italian film that ought to be a cult classic, if it isn’t already one. Marcello’s got a lot of problems with women, a wife he … Continue reading

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Sample Blurb: Vacation From Us

Here is an example of a blurb I made up for a contemporary gay romance: After five years of marriage, even the happiest couple in the world can get a little tired of each other. Right? While having a drink … Continue reading

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Another Think

This mistake is now so ubiquitous, we may have to accept it, even if it’s bad grammar, but it’s another THINK coming, not THING. THINK about it. Dick said, “I’ve put up with Harry’s shit long enough. If he thinks … Continue reading

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Who Is He? An Identity Crisis

So it’s clear who a pronoun represents, a writer must make an introduction first. “Dick ate a slice of chocolate cake, then he helped himself to a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.” The “he” who helped “himself” to ice cream … Continue reading

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Oh Granny, What Big Eyes You’ve Got?

Occasionally, one of our side characters proves to be far more interesting to our reading public than expected. To capitalize on this, we may be tempted to give them a story of their own. Great–if we can do it without … Continue reading

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Character Study: The Engineer Who Married the Debutante

Arthur G. was a graduate of a New England engineering college who had led his class, had secured three United States patents before he graduated, and for whom a brilliant and successful career was predicted. In his senior year in … Continue reading

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Character Study: Salesclerk Who Didn’t Like to Sell

Frances liked her working conditions, but she did not like the details of the definite job for which she was hired. She was hired to be a salesclerk. But the minute she came behind her counter in the morning she … Continue reading

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Those Boots Need Polish

This morning’s writing tip of the day is brought to you by a run-and-gun military science fiction novel that could have used some more boot polish. Here is what one reviewer had to say about the book: “The writer doesn’t … Continue reading

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Show Her No Pity

Women had it hard in Biblical times. Even an act of self-defense (or should I say other-self-defense) came with a hard punishment. An eye for an eye. If you’re a man. If you’re a lady, well, you might just lose … Continue reading

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Shoot Your Novel

Writing a novel is rather like shooting a film. Only, unless you’ve teamed up with a fellow writer, you’re in charge of ALL the departments involved in the production. Set Design. Where does your novel take place? If it’s set … Continue reading

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