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Where’s Ringo?

I was reading a thriller from the late 90s (name of novel withheld to spare the author). The villain of the story had two children, a daughter of 13 and a son of about 10. The son, Ringo, is mentioned … Continue reading

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FREE Short Story: My One True Love m/m

MY ONE TRUE LOVE WE ALL KNOW OUR DAYS ON THIS EARTH ARE NUMBERED. But few of us our fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to know the day and hour of our deaths in an advance. One weekend in early September … Continue reading

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Craig’s Wife

If you aren’t familiar with Craig’s Wife, a 1925 play by George Kelly, then stop reading this post and check it out. Otherwise, read on. Craig’s Wife is a wonderful example of what an author can do with a short … Continue reading

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Showing the Passage of Time

In a perfect world, your story will take place over a very short span of time. The reason being, the faster things happen, the more exciting the narrative will be. This is why shows like 24 work so well. The … Continue reading

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The Most Boring Topic in the World

What is the most boring topic in the world? Weather. Politics. Traffic. Actually, no. It’s YOU. You are the most boring topic to others. Don’t bore the readers of your blog (or any other piece of writing) by trying to … Continue reading

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When Good People Do Bad Things, or How the West was NOT won

Recently finished a Western called The Valley of the Dry Bones by Arthur Henry Gooden (1945). I have never read any of Mr. Gooden’s other books, but The Valley Dry Bones began with an amazing protagonist. From the first page, … Continue reading

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How to Give Supporting Characters Character

One of the chief complaints I’ve noticed in recent reviews on Amazon is flat one-dimensional side characters. There is a simple way to correct this problem. All individuals are motivated by self-interest. A man–or a woman–will act in ways that … Continue reading

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Two Little Frogs

There were two little frogs who fell into milk pots One tread milk, the other did not One went under and died, the other churned butter and thrived Never give up! by

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Your Murderer’s Motive

In the board game Clue, you attempt to discover who the murderer is, what weapon he or she used, and in what room the foul act was committed. But you are never asked WHY he or she felt compelled to … Continue reading

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Provoke a Thirst

All of the authors who have ever been on the bestseller list had one thing in common–they produced a product the public wanted. Some writers chase the latest trend. They write shifter romances because shifter romances are the hot thing. … Continue reading

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