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First Monday Mentoring July 2015 – the crime of author intrusion and how to avoid it

Welcome to First Monday Mentoring when I open this blog to your thoughts and questions on the wonderful, scary, maddening and exhilarating craft of writing. To start us off, this week I was asked how to handle author intrusion, sometimes called author convenience. 805 more words

Writing Life

11 Characterization Strategies

A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts on writing craft. I listed 5 elements with brief descriptions of each. I indicated my next series of blog posts would explore in greater detail each of the 5 elements. 758 more words

How To Write Novels

Book.Review: The Silkworm

The Silkworm is Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym) second Cormoran Strike novel. In this second book, aptly named Cormoran has become more three-dimensional. In the first book, he seemed more of a “character” than a real person, but J.K. 608 more words


The Author Unmasked

Welcome to our monthly blog chat with writing guru Sydney Smith and fellow Penguin author Kathryn Ledson. Today we’re talking about how authors must remain hidden. 2,050 more words


No Selfie Zone

At a recent book festival, I saw several people stop, stretch out a hand, focus their phone, and take a selfie. Rather than capture the larger scene, they became the prominent feature of their photo and the rest of the world their backdrop. 333 more words


Jane Eyre

I started reading Jane Eyre in earnest this week. Sometimes I get too many books out of the library, and near their due date I read like crazy to get them done. 390 more words

"Horse Hunts" heavy on details, light on charactization

Horse Hunts, A Smoke Tree Mystery Series Novella by Gary J. George is heavy on plot and details, many repetitive and extraneous, but very light on characterization. 938 more words

Writing - The Experience