Category Archives: plots

Cut and Paste

Get it? “Condensed” versions had ‘extra scenes’. EXTRA. I have read many a tedious book or parts that I skimmed through, (Elaine mentioned “War and Peace” earlier in the week; I could not have cared less from which direction Napoleon … Continue reading

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Who Writes What’s Written?

“Did you ever start a piece of writing and forget about it, only to be surprised when you found it and read it?”I asked this question because several things rather caught me off-guard when I started writing longer stories.  I … Continue reading

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My Mind to Your Mind

Not really a Vulcan mind-meld, but it’s “Free” week and I will ask a question that I have been pondering: How much of the “WHY” of what a character does is important to a story? With all that I have … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … Continue reading

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Written in the Stars

“What TV show would you like to write an episode for?” I’ve never wanted to write for TV, except for an occasional “Jeopardy” topic line, and Patty beat me to that one on Monday! Now, to direct one or more, yes. … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … Continue reading

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Abundant Advice for Aspiring Authors

This week: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? I actually have a list. There have been many who talk to me about writing. I also have had many young writers around or in touch with me, so … Continue reading

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