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Jeffery Deaver’s “The Kill Room”

Jeffery Deaver’s newest thriller, The Kill Room, is not what I expected; it’s better. International intrigue, moral issues involved in new kinds of wars, drone kills, rogue government bureaucrats hiring killers to clean up crime scenes, the military-corporate world and some … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise

A writing exercise, or perhaps a challenge: For a day, don’t touch an electronic keyboard. Do all your writing by hand on paper, or using an old (non-electric) typewriter. See what that does to your brain.

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Writer’s Block – Part 1 – Physical Issues

Mind, body and spirit work together. Each influences the others. Today’s blog is about being in the best physical form that you can. I will not touch on emotional issues here – I’ll deal with them in a later blog. This … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer? Character Development

Character development is one of the most complicated aspects of writing a novel. Too much back story and the reader feels insulted or, worse, bored. Too little, the reader’s lost. Neither do you want the reader to muse, “methinks he doth … Continue reading

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Writing Advice – how “readable” is your writing?

How “readable” is your writing? I’m a member of a writers’ group, and I realized at our meeting last week that “readability,” or the ability to assess it, is a more obscure concept than I thought. Most people don’t know … Continue reading

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Writing tools – practical advice

In followup to “Sick Boy McCoy’s” comment that “most of writing happens conceptually before we type/write one word,” I’m in full agreement. Writing doesn’t happen when you sit down at a keyboard. I’m almost transcribing thoughts at that point. Much … Continue reading

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Image tells a story

Just received an email questioning how a single image can actually “tell a story.” I offer this photo I took of Drombeg Stone Circle in Ireland. The photo has only been slightly edited. It was a very grey day with … Continue reading

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