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Not so unexpected fetishes and fixations of writers

I haven’t met a writer who doesn’t have an office supply affliction of some sort. Pens? Pencils? Papers? Journals? Notebooks? Chairs? I can’t even begin to cover the variety. Personally, I’ve never passed a totebag/bookbag that I didn’t want. I … Continue reading

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Dramatic License

Today I offer the Author’s Note from the first book I wrote as Anne Rutherford, “The Opening Night Murder, ” where I address the issue of dramatic license in historical fiction. In my associations with other authors, often I’m drawn … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word: a Writer’s Rant
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My post today comes from my personal website and is part of my THIS IS… series, which I started just to share random things that I find cool or interesting or annoying or special in some way. This is one of … 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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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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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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Writers Club: Plotting

Plot is necessary for novels. This seems like a no-brainer. It’s the causal sequence of events in a book: This happened because this happened because this happened and so on. Events happen, problems, conflicts, and everything escalates until there’s a … Continue reading

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Writer Club Rules: Community

Writers are, by nature of the work, solitary creatures. Often introverted. We also tend to take daily baths in insecurity, self-doubt, and impostor syndrome, with just a dash of self-flagellation. In fact, we marinate in the stuff. It’s really easy to feel like you’re all alone and to begin questioning so much about yourself and your work. Continue reading

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Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change.

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Y is for You

Y is for You. You’ve now had a chance to read twenty-four essays about writing. You’ve had the opportunity to answer questions about every topic, organizing your personal thoughts.

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