Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Why do characters…#2: Why do characters lie?

  The Big Lie The Unreliable Narrator is a character who tells the reader a story which cannot be entirely trusted, or taken at face value. The narrator might be deliberately deceptive, or they may be telling a perfectly reasonable … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Committing Novel by Phyllis Irene Radford

Committing Novel by Phyllis Irene Radford

People have great book ideas. Yet despite their best efforts, they find it nearly impossible to complete a single chapter. All too soon they give up, disheartened. In this slender, easy-to-use volume, Phyllis Irene Radford–author of over forty books, and editor of twenty-five books and fifteen anthologies–gently guides writers through plot structure, realistic characters, dynamic writing, organizational tools, and the publishing industry from an insider’s point of view. So, if you’ve ever thought about writing a novel, this book can help you create a dynamic beginning, conquer the muddle in the middle, and write a powerful and satisfying ending with an experienced teacher holding your hand and giving examples. Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 10: Monemvasia

This series started on Oct. 15 and continues every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne Connection. … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Clarion West 1997

Clarion West 1997

I went to Clarion West in 1997. Over that six-week period, I wrote five stories and a book proposal, averaged five hours of sleep a night, lived on coffee, gained ten pounds, didn’t get out to train in Aikido, and … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 8: Who Reads Reviews, Anyway?
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Today, verse 8: They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. The way Mark Kelly synopsized it, I barely recognized it, but they reviewed my book in Locus magazine. True story. In fact, it … Continue reading

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Writing Around in Circles

I’m back at work on the book! Yay!! But I’m still having plot issues. Sigh. But I had this great idea for the direction of one of the scenes. And it’s actually doing what I want it to do. Yay!! Well, sorta. … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Committing Novel by Phyllis Irene Radford

Committing Novel by Phyllis Irene Radford

A beginner’s guide to writing the novel they’ve held close to their hearts but never written. Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 7: What’s in a Name?

Verse 7: And my name is on the cover of my book. Yes, my name is on the cover of my book. Although I hate to tell it, the publisher misspelled it, but my name is on the cover of … Continue reading

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The Songs That Tell the Story

I like having music play while I’m writing, but I usually stick with instrumental/ambient because I find the words too distracting. I like classical, particularly music of the Baroque. When it comes to ambient, Timothy Wenzel and Brian Eno are … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 9: Epidauros, Healing Sanctuary

This series started on Oct. 15 and continues every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne Connection. … Continue reading

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