Category Archives: Writers on Writing

When angels and demons fall together: writing It’s Raining Angels and Demons


What if, jobless and without even a pair of pants between them, they thankfully accept subcontract work…as sex demons? Continue reading

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Horsekeeping in the Dry Lands


Somewhat ironically as I write this, from here in the Upper Bajada of the Sonoran Desert, it’s grey, cool, and cloudy, and the rain teases us from the south and west. But in a day or two it will be … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: Part 1

I have been a full time writer since 2005. During that time, I’ve penned eight original or shared-world novels, had four of them published (with a fifth due out in July) and am working sporadically on a ninth book (well, and … Continue reading

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My Hemingway Complex


A writerly brag: a psychological diagnosis was created just for me! Wait, before you call the men in the white coats, let me tell you my story. Somewhere in the depths of my medical records, I am identified as suffering … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Revision!


Some authors love to draft stories but find revision agonizing; others drag their way through getting words on paper but spread their creative wings as they cut and prune and flesh out the story. What is revision, anyway? How is … Continue reading

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Some Insight on the Editorial Process

(This post was originally published in April 2014 at the author’s personal blog For those of you who are writers, I’d thought I’d talk a little about the editorial process behind my newest books. The process I use to … Continue reading

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Going It Alone

There are all sorts of resources available for writers who want them: workshops, classes, beta readers, bars, books, peers, and people who just love to have you bounce ideas off them. They all have their virtues. Yet for some of us, … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Ink Dance by Deborah J. Ross

Ink Dance

Ink Dance Essays on the Writing Life by Deborah J. Ross Where do you get your ideas? According to a highly successful writer friend, the Idea Fairy leaves packets of them under our pillows. When I tell people this secret, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tempest

Happy spring equinox! Anyone up for a cheap trip to Greece? While putting the finishing touches on my novel The Ariadne Connection, I had a powerful yearning to revisit the Greek islands that inspired the story. (Anyone familiar with me … Continue reading

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Diverse Fiction and Changing the News

Those of you who wonder why some writers are pointing out the lack of diversity in both characters and authors might want to pay closer attention to the news. Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma … Continue reading

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