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Digging into the research

Let’s say there’s an aspect of your story that hinges upon some technicality that is beyond your knowledge. It could be a scene that moves the plot forward, or some backstory that is vital to character development. Whatever that is,

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Posted in Characters in 3-D, Plot, Set the scene

What to NOT do

Let’s say you are well along in getting your suspense story written. You’ve got the bedrock in place! It’s time to check back and get serious about rewrites. Here are some reminders about aspects you want to try to avoid:

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Posted in Page turner!, Process, Rewrite

Writing in my head

I’d like to say I write for hours every day. It’s mostly true, but the words might not be going into the Word document, or result in graphite particles on paper. That’s because I am writing, rewriting, and telling stories

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Posted in Plot, Process, The examined self

Beware the cliche

Your writing muscles may be lean and strong, yet there is a need to constantly guard against the cliche. What is a cliche? A phrase or expression heard in everyday speech to summarize a condition — it is popularly understood,

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Posted in Process, Rewrite

Desperate for a reader

Should you ask your friend to read your work? — You might be writing just for yourself. That’s good. Writing is such a highly entertaining activity, and you can become engrossed in your own story so that the time goes

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Posted in Rewrite
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