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Anonymous Book Review 10

What’s in a name? That which we call a character by any other name would read as clear.

Well… no.

Good writers and savvy readers can suss identities by idiosyncrasies, but even those belong to a specific character that had to have been clearly defined early on. 775 more words


8 Ways to Create Tension in Writing or HOW TO DO THE DANGLE


/Beth Wareham

Tension in a book is often why we turn a page, that endless sense of WTF IS GONNA HAPPEN! The really good writers have an instinct for taking you to the edge, throwing you off and bringing you back up again to stand refreshed, marveling at the view. 633 more words


How prolific are you?

In mid-March I went to a Kelley Armstrong Q&A as part of the Toronto libraries Eh! Author Series. During her introduction Kelley reeled off the five titles she has coming out in 2015 and my jaw dropped. 321 more words

Historical Fiction: How Accurate Should It Be?

I’ve had this post in my draft folders for ages! As I’m seeing a small drought in reviews and other such things to post about, I thought this would be a good time to brush the dust off and write this article response. 385 more words


7 Steps to Creating Your Own Writing Retreat

While discussing my upcoming writing conferences with one of my critique groups, a friend mentioned how she would use the winnings of a recent contest she’d entered to attend a writer’s retreat. 563 more words

Goal Setting

a song in yellow (haiku)

a song in yellow
in wind-blown forsythias –
slightly out of tune

spring rises
in soft notes, swirling
out of reach

on cherry blossoms… 369 more words


Using Word to Identify Repetition

(These steps are for Mac Word 2011. Similar steps apply to other versions of Word. You can search for these other Word methods online.)

It is often helpful to revise or delete words that may be overused in a manuscript. 237 more words