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The Power of Storytelling

As I mentioned in an earlier post I am reading The Seventh Thunder by Larry Brooks. I don’t normally discuss the books I read because I’ve geared this blog more toward crime related topics and not book reviews. 1,605 more words

Novel Writing

The first sentence.

My first literature teacher once told me, in a novel, every single word has the purpose to move the plot forward. This is specially true in the first sentence, or paragraph, of a book, because it has an additional purpose. 1,401 more words

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I'm Sick Of Fifty Shades Of Grey

No, I haven’t read the book or seen the movie. But pretty much wherever I turn, someone is commenting or writing about it. I’ve ignored most of the blog posts and comments. 946 more words


There is Movement

Depending on where you are today, you might think it funny that I’m calling this a heatwave:

But all last week, we had to deal with ‘high temps’ of 9 degrees or so. 377 more words


It is All About the Arc

As of this past weekend, Emmett’s biographical story structure is in place.

Now can I start actually writing the book? I wish.

That gigantic story architecture/outline I shared with you… 226 more words

Research Status

What We Talk About When We Talk About Plot

E.M. Forster defined the difference between story and plot this way: “The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died and then the queen died of grief is a plot.” 523 more words


An Afternoon of Conviviality

Question: With an investigative reporter’s flair, Peggy opened the discussion by asking, “Was ‘Beware the Sleeping Dog’ about you?”
Answer: I tap-danced around that a little. 679 more words