The Case for Competent Antagonists


The other day I got a phone call from what must have been the most incompetent scammer ever. “Uh, hello? Ma’am?” “Hello.” I’m thinking this is a telemarketer. “How are you?” (Said very warmly.) You’ve…

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Seven Things that Keep me Reading


Ever notice how it’s harder to be specific about what you like than what you don’t like? I’ve written before on what makes me stop reading a book once I’ve started it. Today I’m trying…

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How to Write a Book: Point of View


One of the most difficult lessons I struggled with when learning how to write a book was in the area of point of view. In other words, from whose eyes will the reader see the…

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Writing Mistakes in Novels


Every now and then, I read a book so full of writing mistakes it destroys my enjoyment of the story. I was so relieved to stumble on the James Mason Community Book Club, which a…

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My Biggest Five Mistakes


When I started writing Beyond the Rapids, I thought my main goal was to write a good book. While I ended up with something that eventually won an award, I could have saved myself a…

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