A WRITER’S SACRED PLACE

By Alex Kava Mark Twain’s private writing study as it is today, relocatedon Elmira College’s campus in New York. Ask full-time writers where they write—not how or when, but where—and many will name a specific place that’s unique to us. That place might be a local coffee shop or a favorite...

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WRANGLER OR TOSSER?

Dispatches from the Desk By Tracy Clark I’ve heard stories of writers stopping two-thirds into a novel and shredding the whole thing because they weren’t happy with what they’d written. I’ve heard stories of writers who have finished an entire book, submitted it, and then asking their editor to...

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5 PODCASTS TO INSPIRE AUTHOR SUCCESS

By Alex Kava Writing a novel is a solitary endeavor, but sometimes it helps to hear how other authors deal with the same challenges. Plus, we all could use a little inspiration once in a while.  Here are five of my favorite podcasts offering conversations, information and a whole lot of...

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NEVER PULL A PEPPER

By Tracy Clark I just checked my latest manuscript for Pepper. I’m good! Remember the old ‘70s TV show Police Woman? It starred Angie Dickinson as Det. Pepper Anderson? I do. In fact, I remember it every time I sit down to write, because there are some things I have to remember not to do, thanks...

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TOTAL IMMERSION II

The Art of Going Deep: Part II By Chris Goff In Part I, I talked about digging DEEP to find the BIG concept, the right Point of View, and getting to know your characters. So, how do you get into your character’s head?  Use your own experiences.  Thomas Harris in Silence of the Lambs gave...

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A NOT SO COZY REALITY

By Lisa Black Truth is often stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction is truth—whether it means to be or not. Any cozy mystery worth its salt has a small town, a bickering couple, eccentric characters, and a great climate. A murder in 2013 checked all these boxes and more, but to the...

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CAN’T YOU TELL I’M WRITING?

By Tosca Lee Last night an author friend of mine sent me a message accompanied by an unspoken (but noted by me) sage nod.  “I am never more productive with busywork type tasks than when I’m on deadline for a book!” she said. How’d she know I was “writing?” Because I’d just posted a picture of...

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