Can Evil be Used for Good?


As I write my current work in progress, I think of the idea of using something that is evil for a good purpose. In my novel, my main characters have exactly that dilemma. Should they…

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Scaling the Peak


Or, the Joys of Accomplishment There’s a reason seasoned novelists advise beginners to start with short stories. Learn the craft in small chunks, they say. Figure out how to create characters and write dialogue, play…

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It’s All About the Story


An exercise in frustration has been finding really good indie fiction. Oh, it’s out there. Finding it is the problem. I’d love to find some independently published novels that I can add to my list…

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A Quick Shake or a Slow Brew?


Like many self-published writers, I’m forever concerned about sales and revenue. How can I get some financial return for my money? There’s an avalanche of advice out there, but today I want to explore just…

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Climbing Out of Editing Ruts


I’ve been feeling stuck with my editing. You know the feeling. Like no matter how hard you try, how many editing passes you make on your novel, it’s just not getting any better. All the…

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Best 5 Blog Posts on Editing


Now that I’m in the editing phase of the memoir I’m ghostwriting, I went back and reviewed some blog posts I’ve read in the past year on the subject. Here are the best five, and…

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Plot and Structure


As I revise and edit my novel, I’ve been thinking a lot about plot and structure. I want to make sure that the plot is compelling and the novel is structured in a way that…

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Plotting vs Pantsing: Writing the First Draft


I’ve been reading all kinds of writing books and blog posts, and have come to the conclusion that every writer has their own process. Some are plotters, figuring out all the details in advance. Others…

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Creating Mythical Monsters


As I’ve been plotting my fantasy novel, I realized I need to ramp up the tension a bit. Adding a few vicious monsters seems like a good way to make life difficult for my characters….

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Seven Reasons I Stop Reading a Novel


My parents brought me up to finish what I start. If I have too many unfinished projects, my anxiety level goes up and my emergency chocolate stash gets depleted. So I’ve always been kind of…

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