Learning from Others

Another writer posted a question the other day to a loop I follow about chapter lengths. It got me to thinking about how I’d learned where to break chapters from Elizabeth Daly, a fabulous mystery writer, who wrote back in the 40’s (you really have to love stories where everyone stops for civilized cocktails at five). And that started me thinking about other writers I’ve learned from.

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Lost Books You Should Find: The Annie Szabo Series

I used to think that I was a jinx. If I loved a series of books, it would go out of print and the author would disappear. If I loved a TV show, it would be taken off the air … Continue reading

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Escapism? Yes, Please! by Deborah J. Ross

One of the criticisms of genre fiction that amuses me most is that it’s escapism, as if that’s a bad thing. I think just the opposite. Nobody, except the unbelievably incompetent, escapes to jail. (I’m not talking about the chronically … Continue reading

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Writing Muscles

Would you like to write ten pages a day–or more? Not ten throw away pages. Ten productive pages. Or even twenty! At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, and I’d like to lose five pounds, a few years and win the Pulitzer, too.” But fast writing is not a gimmick–there are some tips than can make any writer more productive.

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