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Writing Tips

The Age Old Question of Plotting vs. Pantsing
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The question of how to approach writing your novel—whether you should plot out every detail or “write by the seat of your pants”—has been raised and answered more times than I can count. On this issue, I’ve learned much from several great writers, from Stephen King to William Kent Kreuger to Stephanie Evanovich. And I’ve tried to put these lessons to work in crafting the narratives of my new series, the Haunted Shores Mysteries. There is no perfect advice here, but perhaps my observations may prove helpful. read more
“Writing about Imaginary Playmates”
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I never understood why my mother insisted that my friends Nappy and Cordy were imaginary. They talked to me, told me stories, and were just as real as Alison or Charles or Kathy. I certainly didn’t see any difference, except possibly that they told better stories. read more
Writing About Controversial Topics
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The key factor to remember when creating controversial agit-prop fiction is to write a story that someone who is opposed to your desired change will find engaging enough to read. read more
Home, Sweet Home
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Homes can form the center, backdrop, setting, or sometimes take the starring role in a book. Homes reflect our personalities and preferences and our localities, our countries, and our cultures. Homes are a great way to introduce children to diverse cultures. read more
Children are an Easy Audience, Right? Think Again!
Children are an Easy Audience, Right? Think Again! 1024 576 Reader Views
Many writers go into writing children’s books with grand stories to tell. After all, they are stories they used to make up for their own kids; and if they loved them for sure other kids will too! Others believe that their Children’s book will sell because parents will love its message, forgetting that the audience is the kid and not the parent. read more
Closet Writers Unite: What is a writing collective?
Closet Writers Unite: What is a writing collective? 1024 576 Reader Views
Many writers prefer to work alone, but at some point, all writers need feedback on their writing, or at least encouragement and a chance to share ideas with other writers to find out what works and what doesn’t. read more
ECO-FICTION: Inspired by Climate Change and Environmental Awareness
ECO-FICTION: Inspired by Climate Change and Environmental Awareness 1024 576 Reader Views
This growing niche of literature is becoming a large, explosive platform for authors and readers alike to come together and voice concerns and hopes, as well as brainstorm solutions and reforms so that the human race might be more inspired to take real, affirmative action to help curb the increasingly negative effects of climate change. read more
The Next One: One Author’s Perspective and Tips for Writing Beyond Your Debut Novel
The Next One: One Author’s Perspective and Tips for Writing Beyond Your Debut Novel 1024 576 Reader Views
TC Schueler won the Gold Medal in the 2020 Reader Views Literary Awards for the Horror category. Today he shares some tips for writing your second (or third, or tenth) novel. read more
A Truly Apt Setting Sets a Story Apart
A Truly Apt Setting Sets a Story Apart 1024 576 Reader Views
Any good writer knows the importance of the right setting for their narrative, of creating the appropriate “world” the reader can inhabit for hours at a time. While this is a common mantra for science fiction writers—world building is a critical part of that genre—it is equally true for all fictional genres including mysteries. Sometimes this “world” can be as familiar as a small resort town or as unusual as a completely different time or place, even one the reader has never experienced. read more
Keep Your Writing Goals on Schedule
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Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive a piece of advice that turns out to be the gift that keeps giving. Keep your eyes and ears open because you just never know where that advice is going to come from! read more