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Meet Shirley Hailstock- A Writer’s Use of Television

Please welcome Shirley Hailstock to the blog … discussing one of my favorite topics. Television! I don’t watch much television.  At least I didn’t think I watched a lot of it.  But I’ve discovered I watch a lot of television.  I can write through the noise.  Growing up with a lot of sisters and one […]

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Everyday eBook Character Creation article by J. Kenner

On Writing: When Characters like Damien Stark Stand Up and Demand to Be Heard

I’m over at Everyday eBook today sharing some thoughts on writing; specifically, I’m talking about character creation and erotic romance. I’m riffing off of the general idea that “erotic romance stems from the same place as other novels – from the characters and from the situation. And if that situation is a bit steamy … […]


Quality is Key: Guest Blogger SaraLynn Hoyt Discusses Indie Books

I’m excited to host Sheryl Hoyt (who is writing as SaraLynn Hoyt) on today’s stop on her blog tour today!   If you recognize her name, that may be because you read about her in a recent Time Magazine article focusing on the rise and success of indie authors.   It’s a topic that fascinates […]

Heaven Made by SaraLynn Hoyt

The Chanel Caper Cover

Scene Rescue: When Collaborators Disagree—And Live To Tell The Tale

I’m so excited that Ruth Harris is guest-blogging today!  Ruth is a New York Times and ebook bestselling author of romantic women’s fiction. With her husband, Michael, she writes thrillers. (How cool is that?)  Coming up soon is The Chanel Caper, a romantic comedy-mystery starring a baby boomer couple. I particularly love Ruth’s description of The […]


When the dead stay silent (and other gripes about dialogue)

I’ve become a total fangirl of The Walking Dead, but even total fans can have the occasional gripe and, yeah, I got one. Minor spoiler alert for what follows! So beware if you read on! For a show wherein the characters take a lot of time talking about their feelings instead of, oh, fortifying their […]

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The “Supreme” Key to Creating Characters

This post continues where Monday’s post (From Supreme Ruler of the Universe to Girl Next Door: How to Write Believable Characters) left off. You, as the supreme ruler of your story, have given your character a goal. Excellent. And your goal as a writer is to create a well-paced story that has compelling characters and […]


Today’s Tip: Quick Trick for Writing Fast

I posted the other day about time management, and one of the reasons that managing your time is so important is so that you can put chunks of time into a “savings account” during which you can do your work. For me, this means being efficient at the house and school stuff so that I […]

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Legal Tips for Writers

I’m sick, my kid is sick, my other kid is getting sick…. And so I thought what better time to recycle an old article? Especially since I’m going to start posting periodic Writer Wednesday blogs with random writing tips (not to be confused with my eldest daughter’s recent cry of “Random People Being Beat Up […]