Category Archives: protagonists

English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … 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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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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“May I Offer You a Sherry?”

“If you could be — even briefly — one of your OWN characters… which character would you be? Why? For how long?” That’s easy. The women in my free-style poems are in sad situations, or at least, bittersweet ones. One … Continue reading

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Who Would I Choose to Be?

This week, our hound posed this question: “If you could be — even briefly — one of your OWN characters… which character would you be? Why? For how long?” Since I write romances with happily-ever-after endings, each book has a … Continue reading

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Where Have I Heard That?

This week’s topic was “Have you overheard a conversation and added it in some way to a story?” I really struggled with this one. I’m assuming that the fox who suggested it has drawn inspiration from conversations she overheard. I … Continue reading

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Out of Character

“Has anyone ever asked you to add them to one of your stories?” -OR- “Have you told anyone that you were basing a character on them?” My long-ago idea, and again, I forgot to make notes. I have had people … Continue reading

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Careless Whisperers

I have several works-in-progress. Oh, would that other stories would stop insisting on telling me more of their own people and plots and let me finish one at a time! Do you have that problem? I will get up a … Continue reading

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When You’re NOT the Star

Supporting Players in Fiction By Jeff Salter Let me start with a few comments about “unsung” characters in movies and popular fiction… before I discuss a few of my own characters who fit that description. As some of you (who’ve … Continue reading

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