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Just finished reading The Gift by Cecelia Ahern. It’s slightly Christmas themed and it was a little ironic I read it a week before Christmas. … 226 more words

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To Be a Good Writer Means to Be a Good Thinker

Writing is 99% thinking, and the rest is typing. — Ray Bradbury

When I first started writing, I did it the hard way. I just wrote the first thing that came to mind. 1,042 more words

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Get to the point!

Today I’m working on getting to the point. No fluff.

Stop and think for a second. We all want that. Don’t we. In an age where everything gets sugar coated and we are so afraid of offending anyone for any reason do we not crave directness? 370 more words

Successful Fowl

“The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.”

— Gene Fowler
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Murder Offstage: Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 1

Murder Offstage:  A Posie Parker Mystery

L B Hathaway

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This is so delightful.  Posie is a charmer, her sidekick suitably TDH with mysterious backstory, London 1920s scene-setting very nice, farce nicely blended with pathos, light touch by and large maintained (the odd tone wobble, but nothing to detract strongly from a general good impression), mystery story sufficiently intriguing.   24 more words

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Best first sentences #1.

I found the old man nailed to a hackberry tree five miles out of Haxan.

Kenneth Mark Hoover, HAXAN (2014, Chizine Publications), Chapter 1

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Near Miss - Clarity by Loretta Lost - Contemporary Romance/Suspense

I’m in two minds about this one, but here goes.

Helen Winters is blind, was raped in college (not a spoiler, you’ll see why in a minute) and has cut herself off from her family, retreated alone to the backwoods of New Hampshire, changed her name and publishes fiction successfully under her new name.  767 more words

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