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How NOT To Engage Your Audience

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So over the weekend hubs and I watched the latest incarnation of The Three Musketeers.  We knew it had received poor reviews, but we admit we’re suckers for any adaptations (though the Disney version with Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, and crazy man Sheen wins every time–because there is no greater Richlieu than Tim Curry).  I […]

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What I Want In A Heroine

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I’m headed home today so one more rerun before we’re back to our regularly scheduled blogging. *** I’ve been reading several novels based around characters in the WITSEC program.  One of the ones I requested arrived this weekend through interlibrary loan, and I started reading through it last night.  It was a romance put out […]

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Underutilization of Villains

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Since I’m still out of town and short on time, I’m doing reruns the next couple of days, highlighting some of my older posts. *** I am fascinated with villains. It fits in neatly with my love of psychological profiling. Villains are far more interesting on that front. I won’t say that I love them […]

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Balancing Stakes

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I’ve been thinking about stakes a lot lately, both as I work on plotting out some of my own projects, help brainstorm the plotting of other friends, and watching all the season finales of assorted TV shows.  There’s this sort of accepted bit of writing wisdom (of the same generic school as “write what you […]

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Where Are The Parents In YA?

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“Anyone can write in dead parents. It takes guts to make adult children deal with living parents.” This marvelous quote came from this article over at Fantasy Faction.  Somebody tweeted it yesterday and I was immediately like WIN!  This is something I have totally changed my opinion about since I first started writing when I […]

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Three Days Earlier

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Hubby and I are big fans of Leverage.  Timothy Hutton is marvelous.  Christian Kane is…delicious.  And really, it’s everything I love about The Count of Monte Cristo in an hour long episode in which the bad guys always get their comeuppance in the end.  What’s not to like? Last night we were watching the latest […]

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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks: Reviewed

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I am a long time fan of Larry Brooks.  Anybody whose hung out here for the last year or two will have heard me talk about his blog Storyfix and his various ebooks on craft.  So when Larry offered me a review copy of Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing (aka […]

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Stress Plotting

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Stress is a real prose buster for me.  I’m a worrier, who comes from a long line of worriers.  Stress means I’m generally very focused on whatever the problem is, which makes it very difficult for me to focus on writing actual prose.  Certainly not GOOD prose.  I am, of course, a huge proponent of […]

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Guest Blog Post: Kit Moss: Writing Kick Ass Dialogue

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Every editor I have ever had has said the same thing. “Where did you learn to write dialogue like that?” I like writing dialogue. It accomplishes two things: It allows you to convey a character’s feelings without TELLING the reader how a character feels. That is a great reason, to be sure. But the BEST […]