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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 12: The Caverns at Pyrgos Dirou

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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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover: Verses 9 & 10: Awards and Remainders
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Verse 9: Nebulous Well, my book won the Nebula award. Yes, my book won the Nebula award. Still it ended in remainders, ripped and torn by perfect strangers, but my book won the Nebula award. First, let me make it … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #3: Why are bad characters (villains) so much fun?

Protagonists are all very well. You pick a central character whose story you will tell, you get into their head, you understand his or her point of view.  A protagonist like that generally has to carry the spear for the … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Not Autobiography

“Have you ever killed anybody?” That question, from a close friend who has read a lot of my fiction, startled me. “No, of course not,” I said. “Why do you ask?” “Well, you write about it a lot.” I suppose … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 11: Dolphins and Island-Hopping

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: What Worked in School

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When I was in high school, the teacher of the first period class read the school-wide announcements to us at the start of class. The announcements were prepared the day before by the school secretary, who typed them up on … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: How I Write

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Back when I was in high school, I had several English teachers who believed in outlines. On occasion, one of them would require us to turn in our outlines along with our finished papers. I am, by nature, a pantser. … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Without a Deadline

I don’t have a contract or deadline right now.  It’s a little nerve-wracking, because it means I don’t have any for-sure checks coming up.  On the other hand, it means I can write whatever I want. This is also a … Continue reading

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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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