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31 Dec 2013

Setting Goals for a New Year

Setting Goals for a New Year 2014 is nearly here, and with the new year comes a whole new set of goals. Weight loss goals. Exercise goals. Money management goals. Reading goals. And writing goals. Yeah, I said it. Writing goals. Did you make any last year? Will you this year? Chances are you probably have some idea of goals for 2014. Maybe you’re planning...

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The Dreaded Mirror Scene
Articles / On Writing
30 Dec 2013

The Dreaded Mirror Scene

Not too long ago I read a book to review on my personal blog. This not-to-revealed book started out well enough. The writing was decent, the editing was *cough* passable, and the author was establishing the main female protagonist properly. Then within the first seven pages, there wasn’t just one mirror scene but two! I shook my head and closed the book. Two mirror scenes...

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Articles / On Genre
20 Dec 2013

Thrillers

I love thrillers, so when we selected the genres we wanted to write about, I claimed this one immediately. From Homer’s Odyssey and Little Riding Hood to Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and American Assassin by Vince Flynn, the thriller genre is one of the most popular in fiction books today. Books in this genre are designed to thrill readers, to keep the...

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Articles / On Writing
17 Dec 2013

Readers Aren’t Mind Readers

Quick Tips: Readers Aren’t Mind Readers   I have read or edited many books in my time that made me scream for more but not necessarily more of the story line or the characters, but more development of the story itself. Many authors fall into the mindset that their readers will understand exactly what they are thinking or trying to convey but the fact of...

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Articles / On Writing
16 Dec 2013

When an Error Isn’t an Error

We’ve all seen the following review: the editing in this story was terrible. When I read these types of reviews, I often wonder just what part of the editing was supposedly bad. Was it the substance of the story that was badly edited? Was the story a nightmare of grammatical issues? Was the story overrun with typos or formatting errors? Or were there issues with...

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Articles / On Genre
13 Dec 2013

Mystery Fiction

Divas on Genre: Mystery Fiction   Contemporary mystery fiction is also known as crime fiction or detective fiction and has earned the moniker of “the whodunit.” It’s a relatively new genre, having developed over the last two hundred years in direct correlation with increased levels of organized police forces. Early mysteries, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1841) and The...

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Articles / Special
11 Dec 2013

Remembering Those We’ve Lost in 2013

Authors Who Died in 2013   This year has been a difficult one. We have lost many wonderful authors whose contributions to the literary world will be sincerely missed. In today’s article we are remembering the authors who died in 2013. They may have passed on from this life, but have left their words with us to be remembered and carried in our hearts forever....

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Articles / On Writing
10 Dec 2013

Making Time To Write

Quick Tips: Making Time To Write All writers have struggled with finding enough time to write. Some stress over it so much it hampers their work to the extent some form blocks or lose their muses. I’m all too familiar and can safely attest that many authors can agree with me. But the real question is: Is it beneficial to you as an author to...

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Articles / On Writing
09 Dec 2013

Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing

Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing   I read a book a while back and came across a quirk in the writing that I had to weigh in on. The use of the five senses in writing when describing elements in a novel is a useful tool to bring dimension to a story… to a point. So often when a writer employs this device...

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Articles / On Genre
06 Dec 2013

Christian Fiction

Christian fiction. Or is it inspirational fiction? Or is it religious fiction? Or maybe evangelical fiction? Or are the four of these different? Well, that is a bit of a difficult question to answer. Inspirational is a heading that can encompass all manner of religious fiction. Today we are talking about inspirational Christian fiction. But it can be referred to by any of the four...

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