Check out this helpful post from Jane Bwye's blog on creating credible scenes
Probably the most common question I hear from writers is “How do I find the time to write?” In this video and the article below, I'm going to talk more about some tips on how to find the time to write. You can also find the video on YouTube here.
Check out this great post from Rachel Poli’s blog on writing the mystery novel as part of her mystery month series.
Writing a novel isn’t an easy task to do. The difficulty level can vary depending on the genre you write as well. If you’re writing a romance, things may be pretty straightforward. They’re possibly set in our real world and can be true to life.
Meanwhile, if you’re writing fantasy you may have a lot of world building to do. You might have to create new races and cultures of people, new languages, and go through the motions of an adventure.
Of course, all of this depends on you, your writing style, and what you’re writing. There is no right way to write fantasy or romance or any genre – those are just examples.
Mystery, on the other hand, can be more or less the same. While there are many subgenres of mystery, most mysteries have a common denominator – someone committed a crime and someone else needs to…
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Check out this excellent post from the Story Empire blog on using plants and payoffs in your writing.
Craig with you today. My topic is going to be those plants and payoffs we use when writing our stories. This is one of the things an outline can help us with. You’ve seen my post about storyboarding, so you know my outlines aren’t very deep.
There is a certain amount of planning that goes into plants & payoffs. You don’t want them to feel forced. It may not fool someone who reads all the time, but that’s okay. You never want your characters to look at the reader and say, “Stop the action for a bit. You need to know there is a meat cleaver in the kitchen drawer. Trust me, it’s going to be important in a few chapters.”
It may seem basic, but there could be someone out there who doesn’t know what I’m talking about. This involves a situation where an author Plants something in the…
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Check out this thought-provoking post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the topic of coverage of crime in the news media and how it relates to crime fiction
An interesting post from Tim at Informal Inquiries has got me thinking about the different ways in which the media and the public react to a murder investigation. In some cases, there’s a great deal of hype and attention, sometimes to an almost frenzied level. In other cases, though, there’s very little attention paid to a case. Either it’s not seen as sensational enough, or some other major news story eclipses the case, or something else happens.
We see that distinction in a lot of crime fiction, too. And that means that the author has a lot of flexibility when it comes to the plot. Will the case by hyped for some reason? That can add plot threads and suspense. Will it go nearly unnoticed? That, too, can add different sorts of plot threads, and a tension of its own.
One of the most eagerly followed cases of the early…
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Check out this installment of Hullaba Lulu from this post on Teatan’s Books blog.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
A bath on Valentino’s train, by Rob Goldstein
Hey, Sheiks and Shebas. Welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays. The weekly three things and images, from my “partner in crime” Rob Goldstein, spontaneously guide what I’m writing. Last week he did an image of an Art Deco angel as part of my mystical diesel-punk train’s controls. That caused me to see more of the train. I can tell you, Valentino has one luxurious way to travel!
I guess this is a spoiler, but it has nothing to do with the plot… I had already given the train a control room with mystical gizmos for navigation and communications, and then an automat. Now I have deluxe sleeper cars — with attendants. Between Rob and me, Lulu freaked out when she suddenly realized the bath had attendants…
Lulu and the Sleeper Car Attendants, by Rob Goldstein
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Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Delighted to showcase Marina Osipova and her book The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War and to welcome her to the Cafe and Bookstore.
About the book
October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.
As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to…
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