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Build-a-Character

Well, November is almost at an end. Have you finished your novel? If you’re still smoothing out the rough patches on your characters (hopefully the next generation of Harry Potters), here are few tools to help you: A – C … Continue reading

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Let Us Be Graphic and Die

We all know that the “N” word is a no-no, but did you know the “E” word is equally offensive? “E” being, Eskimo. I must admit I didn’t, until I caught a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, … Continue reading

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Warped Characters vs. Evil Ones

Will your story’s villain learn the error of his or her ways or will he or she remain unrepentant to the end? This can be determined largely by how much impact his or her reformation will have on the main … Continue reading

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Trigger Characters

Your hero or heroine has a fatal flaw. Maybe it’s an overdrawn estimate of his or her personal charms, a predilection to impulse shopping, or a short fuse. Sooner or later (preferably sooner), this flaw is going to lead to … Continue reading

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Getting Readers to Care About Backstory

Ideally, your story should be set ENTIRELY in the present, because what’s happening now is always infinitely more interesting than what happened yesterday, last week, two years ago, or even in infancy. But there are times when backstory is useful. … Continue reading

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What Be These Animals?

I recently finished reading a science fiction novel called Dwellers in the Mirage, written by A. Merritt and published in book form for the first time in 1932. Like many “classic” novels, it hasn’t aged well. The main character, Leif … Continue reading

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Will I Ever Learn to Love Again?

A writing a book is like beginning a love affair. We fall quite haplessly in love (and lust) with our heroes and heroines. Then suddenly the romance is over and we have to let go, move on, begin again. As … Continue reading

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Dark Brethren Series Book Trailer

The Dark Brethren series Plus a peek at upcoming covers! by

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Too-Hard-to-Get Gertie

“It’s hard to get snow in July; It’s hard to get genuine rye; But gettin’ Gertie is a job that’s harder yet. The greatest sheiks sadly confess, They’ve tried for weeks without success; The boys are calling her ‘The girl … Continue reading

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Character Kryptonite

Too many writers rely upon misunderstandings and past baggage to keep their (seemingly perfect) characters from their (possibly undeserved) happiness. A character with a physical flaw can be far more interesting, if handled properly. The illiterate man who is trying … Continue reading

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