Category Archives: writing

Serious Series Suggestions

About a week ago a question was posed in a Facebook writer’s group:  “Can you give me any advice on writing a series?”  I weighed in, then I thought that, in a longer version, it might make a good post … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Kings

Actually, it is one King. Or, one could argue, nine Kings or more. As readers and my colleagues here know, I am a fan of Stephen King. I do not usually recommend his work to people, however. The reason for … Continue reading

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My name is Jeff

…and I’m a Procrastinator By Jeff Salter Topic: To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods? I found several great-looking links to articles … Continue reading

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Working Hard to … Oh, Look!

Our sage hound asked, “To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods?” I’ll answer the second question first. I’ve always been busy, and … Continue reading

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Patricia’s Choice

Our resident hound asked, “If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while … Continue reading

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Writers Block Themselves

Our Monday Fox asked: What are some ways you deal with writer’s block?I can tell you how others don’t deal with it. The inability to finish a story, to get past a plot hole, to link one set of happenings … Continue reading

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Maneuvering Around Obstacles

Ways I Cope with Writer’s Block By Jeff Salter I don’t think I’ve ever done the stereotypical bit where I just stare at a blank page / screen for long periods and can’t come up with any words. [And I … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck

This week I asked my fellow bloggers to share ways that we deal with writer’s block. Since I’m used to dealing with several different issues at any given time, I’m often faced with the inability to write when I have … Continue reading

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Guest: Author D A Kelly

I got my hands on D A Kelly’s “Brooms Away”, a first in a series and was surprised in many ways. Although it opens with a tough-as-nails girl who has a soft heart, the book and character are not what … Continue reading

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Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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