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At a recent panel at a local writer’s meeting, one author talked about the challenges of writing a historical novel. I didn’t think it applied to my current day novel but I found that there were a lot of the resources that could be helpful for me as well.
The first was creating a timeline, which I also do. This provides the backbone of an historical novel. However, in any novel, keeping up with what day something happened and how the time works is important. For the historical novel, it also includes people who you might meet at particular… Continue reading
I just attended a great workshop taught by Carol Bugge entitled Villains, Heroes, and Sidekicks–Crafting Characters that thrill readers (and SELL books). The workshop was put on by Sisters in Crime, New England.
I needed to learn more about villains and give them their proper place in my work. Not only do I leave their development until later, but, sometimes, I don’t figure out who they are until it’s absolutely necessary. I have one cozy set aside because I can’t decide who did it. But, I’m learning.
As a fairly new mystery writer, I didn’t know about the various conferences held all over the country for authors of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, noir, or various other mystery genres. This spring I went to my first conference, Malice Domestic, which is a fan/author conference, usually taking place in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Hyatt Regency. Held May 1-3, it drew 600 writers and fans from all parts of the country and from abroad. I had a marvelous time and met many of my fellow writers and… Continue reading
“How To Use Scrivener to Write, Organize, & Export Your Book into Various Formats for Printing, Editing, & Publishing”
Thursday, May 21, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
I’m a great proponent of Scrivener, the “writing” program that lets you organize, format and export your finished work. Scrivener, in beta form, came along at a time when I was tearing my hair out trying to get control of my first novel. For me, as… Continue reading
Last Saturday, my local writing group’s program included authors talking about how to solve a particular writing problem. One presentation was on how to develop and maintain suspense. The solution: chapter ending hooks.
Nancy J. Cohen wrote an interesting blog post (Killzone Blog) that talked about seven types of chapter ending hooks. These are used to provoke the reader’s curiosity or to shock or tease or entice or worry or otherwise propel your reader to the next page and chapter. There may be more than the seven but I thought it was a really good list to start… Continue reading
How many times have you read a book, seen a movie, or watched a TV show that bore an uncanny resemblance to others you’ve encountered? I’m not talking about those endless remakes. Nor am I talking about déjà vu.
When a story line follows another so closely that you recognize the plot, does that mean that the author has stolen the plot from someone else? Probably not. Could it be synchronicity? Google defines synchronicity as the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible… Continue reading