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Guest Blogger: Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D. – Writing “As If” to Reignite your Creative Mojo

Writing “As If” to Reignite Your Creative Mojo by Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D. Act as if you’re a writer. Sit down and begin. Act as if you might just create something beautiful, and by beautiful I mean something authentic and universal. —Dani Shapiro Raise your hand if you’ve ever been unsure which direction to …

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Guest Blogger C. A. Newsome – Discovering Your Secret Sauce

Discovering Your Secret Sauce by C. A. Newsome There is a lot of advice geared to “writing to market.” In my opinion, that leaves you chasing both the cart and the horse with little likelihood to catch up. You might make a few dollars cloning “Twilight,” “Fifty Shades of Gray,” or Harry Potter, but you’ll …

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Guest Blogger – Susan Oleksiw – Finding The Ending

Finding the Ending by Susan Oleksiw I recently finished a mystery novel that was hard to end, not because I wanted to keep working on the story but because I couldn’t seem to understand where the characters would end up and how they would feel about the change in their lives. The plot suggested several …

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Jews and Christmas Music – it ain’t Chinese Food! by Debra H. Goldstein

Jews and Christmas Music – it ain’t Chinese Food by Debra H. Goldstein I’m Jewish, but I have a confession to make. I love Christmas music. There is something about listening to the songs that makes me feel good. Apparently, I’m not the only Jewish person who feels this way about these holiday songs. According …

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Guest Blogger: Bill Crider – How to Write a Novel

How to Write a Novel by Bill Crider I’m sure you’re read Somerset Maugham’s wise words about novel writing before, but they bear repeating, mainly because I’m going to elaborate on them for a bit.  Here they are: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” My first …

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Guest Blogger Kathy Waller – Three Ways of Looking at Austin Mystery Writers or, Why I go to Critique Group

Three Ways of Looking at Austin Mystery Writers or, Why I Go to Critique Group by Kathy Waller #1   Yesterday Dominica felt faint, and Molly, my protagonist, steered her to a bench on the courthouse lawn and then dithered over what to do. She couldn’t leave Dominica there to topple off the bench, but asking …

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Guest Blogger Tracy Weber: A Perfect Place for Murder

A Perfect Place for Murder by Tracy Weber Seattle’s beloved Green Lake Park is my dog Tasha’s and my favorite walking and squirrel-prowling destination. So it was a natural setting for several pivotal scenes in Karma’s a Killer, my third Downward Dog Mystery. The three-hundred acre park contains grassy fields, a lake suitable for boating, …

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Guest Blogger: Rabbi Ilene Schneider – Writing A Mystery Series

Writing a Mystery Series by Rabbi Ilene Schneider I write a cozy mystery series. They feature an amateur sleuth, Rabbi Aviva Cohen. All the sex and gore are off the page. There is humor. There is a lot of back story. There is a happy ending. They differ from other cozies in that there are …

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Guest Blogger: Jim Cort – The Story of a Story of a Story

THE STORY OF A STORY OF A STORY by Jim Cort “Before I Wake” had its genesis in my desire to try a story entirely in dialog. A few experiments were enough to convince me that some compromise would have to be made, and I wound up producing a story composed of documents and letters and …

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