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Finding the Balance Between Hooking Readers and Setting up the Story

TweetPlease welcome back author and über blogger Janice Hardy.   There’s a lot of conflicting advice about writing. Common wisdom says to start with a bang and hook your readers right away, while other views say […]

Bump in the Night by Jacqui Jacoby

TweetWho doesn’t love a good thriller? But writing one involves more than out smarting the bad guy, and author Jacqui Jacoby tells us why.    I never set out to be a thriller writer. I […]

If You’re Reading This, You’re Probably Into Books – by Melanie Brockmann Gaffney

TweetContinuing our Brockmann/Gaffney Week (or two days, anyway), today’s guest is MELANIE BROCKMANN GAFFNEY, sister of Jason Gaffney, daughter of Ed and Suzanne. Her topic is one of my all-time favorite things: BOOKS! If you’re […]

Veronica Scott presents: Where Does Your Story Actually Begin?

TweetA story starts on page one, right? This post by author Veronica Scott will make you think about where your story really starts… Welcome back, Veronica! Where does your story actually begin? “Once upon a […]

Readers’ Choice: On the Power of Set Pieces and Whammos by Damon Suede

TweetIn another not-to-be-missed post, Damon Suede teaches us about “set pieces and whammos” and how they can make or break your story. A set piece can refer to anything from an action-packed chase to a particularly sexy seduction or […]

CAPITOL DANGER: A COLLABORATION by Suzanne Ferrell

TweetMerriam Webster defines “anthology” as “a published collection of writings (such as poems or short stories) by different authors.” But within that definition, there is room for variations on form and format. Suzanne Ferrell describes […]

What Lies at the Heart of Suspense? by Katia Lief

Becke says: I love to read romance, but long before I discovered the romance genre, I fell in love with mysteries. In particular, I’m hooked on suspense and thrillers like those KATIA LIEF writes.  I […]

Plotting: The Flow of Your Story by Houston Havens

TweetHave you ever had a severe case of writer’s block? Well, maybe the problem is something you hadn’t quite realized yet… Houston Havens tells us more! As a successful traditional and self-published author, I’m asked […]

Plotting Through with Robin Gianna

There are no shortcuts from the first page to The End, and if you’ve written yourself into a corner more than once, you may want to heed the advice of today’s guest, author Robin Gianna.  […]

The Things That Keep Me Up at Night, or How to Kill a Million People with a Keystroke by Adam Firestone

I’m excited to welcome back weapons expert Adam Firestone, but I have to admit, when I saw the title of Adam’s post I was nervous to read it. I figured if something keeps Adam up […]

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