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Guest Blogger: T.K. Thorne – What the Heck is “Writing What you Know?”

What the Heck is “Writing What You Know”? by T.K. Thorne Write what you know. A well know axiom for writers. But is it really a rule? Is it good advice? What the heck does it mean? I can’t tell you how many times I have scratched my head thinking, okay, what do I know? …

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5 Tips for Writing a Good Article or Blog Post by Lourdes Venard

5 Tips for Writing a Good Article or Blog Post by Lourdes Venard With social media, blogs, author newsletters, online news sites, and more, there’s an overabundance of items to read. If you’re like me, you’re never able to read it all. Some days, I can barely keep up with my email! So how do …

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Guest Blogger John Scherber – The Artist Turns Detective

The Artist Turns Detective by John Scherber A lot of people would like to paint, and I’m no exception.  In high school I had a close friend who painted, and I always wondered how well he did with it later in life. I took a run at it myself in those days and bombed badly. …

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Guest Blogger – Connie Campbell Berry: Is A Critique Group Right for You?

Is A Critique Group Right For You? by Connie Campbell Berry You’ve spent months alone with your characters. The setting of your novel is more real to you than your hometown. You can quote whole chapters word for word. You laugh and cry at all the right places. But is your manuscript ready to be …

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Guest Blogger Debbie Herbert – Crystallizing Your Book Idea … for Paranormal or Any Genre

Crystallizing Your Book Idea . . . for Paranormal or Any Genre By Debbie Herbert I love paranormal romance because the possibility of magic tingles my creative drive and curiosity. The speculation that there might be something more to reality than can be perceived through our senses provides a natural “what if” environment writers need …

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Guest Blogger Teresa Inge – Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing

Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing by Teresa Inge I grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining my love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. I also love it when I research a new story I am writing. Most of the …

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Guest Blogger: Paula Gail Benson – What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me About Writing

What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me about Writing by Paula Gail Benson Just having a law degree doesn’t make you a lawyer. Most states require that a law school graduate pass a bar examination to work and have the title “attorney.” Bar review courses of six-to-eight weeks help law school grads prepare for bar …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER I recently had a short story, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief! published in the Mardi Gras Murder anthology. Of the thirteen stories included in the book, Queen of the King Cakes by Harriette Sackler particularly caught my attention so I decided to interview Harriette. 1. Tell me about …

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Guest Blogger Grace Topping: Revenge! Exorcizing Bad Memories Through Your Writing

REVENGE! EXORCIZING BAD MEMORIES THROUGH YOUR WRITING by Grace Topping All of us have them. Those pesky, uncomfortable memories that make us blanch, screech, moan, grimace, shudder, or cry. Thankfully, most of them are buried deep in our subconscious and don’t come to mind often. But when we least expect it, a scent of cologne, …

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