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July Update – EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn

The EMPATHY series has been my primary focus since our last update, with the bulk of the work concentrated on actual writing and revisions. This is, of course, the foundation of all things writerly, and I continue to enjoy tweaking and rewriting parts of the first two books to make them that much more engrossing… Continue reading July Update – EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn

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Five Ways to Turn Up the Tension

When you're a writer, it's you against the world. It takes only one email, text, or pot of boiling-over stew to distract a reader from your work. So how can a writer keep readers' noses buried deep in the space between pages (and also ruin their dinner)?The answer to that, my friends, is tension.So how… Continue reading Five Ways to Turn Up the Tension

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Research: Where to Look to Make Your Writing More Authentic

You may have heard of "the three Rs" way back in elementary school--reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic. If you're anything like me, you completely disregarded the 'rithmetic, which was a great decision because it created space for a third (and actual) "R." And that "R," my friends, is research. "Research," you say? "That stuff's for nerds!"… Continue reading Research: Where to Look to Make Your Writing More Authentic

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Murder! The Literarily Literal

Kill your darlings, they say. Every writer has at least heard the phrase, and the interpretations of what it really means vary from deleting a favorite phrase to an entire beat or event. Those darlings aren't what bring me here today, however. Today we talk about murder--actual, literary murder. In literature as in life, people die. I can't… Continue reading Murder! The Literarily Literal