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Who’s up for a fight? [Writing real fight scenes]
Recently I have been chatting with a friend and fellow author about writing fight scenes in her novel. Unlike most writers, this is an area that doesn’t give me too many problems, or at least, not of the same kind that they experience. Let’s lay down a few antecedents: I […]
Thu, Feb 13, 2014

Dialogue in a Nutshell
Dialogue. It sounds easy right. You get two or more characters together and you start them talking. Ah, but did you know there are rules to writing dialogue?Of course there are! But, don’t worry, I’ll try to make them easy to understand and follow. So, let’s get started. We all […]
Mon, Feb 03, 2014

Time for a Selfie! (A newbie’s guide to the Self-Edit)
I often use the analogy of movies when talking about writing novels because they do have a number of things in common. This is yet another, although here there is a marked difference. This is yet another one, although here there is a marked difference. Without a doubt this is […]
Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Learning to Write For Your Audience
There is a big difference in writing what is in your heart and writing what people will read.  It’s a tough lesson that most writers never learn and spend many years wondering why they are not able to get published. They are writing for themselves and not for their audience. […]
Fri, Dec 06, 2013

Better Yet, Write That Novel!
Hey folks! Today we’re at the hallway mark of National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org). If you’ve taken on this challenge for yourself, you’ve probably doing everything in your power to stop procrastinating and actually write those 50,000 words by the end of the month. In my latest moment of procrastination, […]
Sat, Nov 16, 2013

Writing Style Reminders
Trying to explain a style of writing is something like trying to nail jello to a tree. You can try all you want, but it’s just not going to work. Writing style is as different as there are writers in the world. Everyone has their own style of writing. A […]
Tue, Oct 01, 2013

Beta Blues
Some days I feel like a long, suffering artist, feeling sensitive, taking everything personally and lashing out at everyone, mostly my husband. For the most part, I have been restrained, taken my lumps, and moved on. But for some reason, I can’t unstick myself from this mood. It all started […]
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

I think I should warn you about something…
In my last article about Show and Tell (here), I briefly mentioned Foreshadowing. I have been inundated by five emails demanding I explain a little more about this useful writing tool. So here goes… Many eons ago, shortly after the dinosaurs died out, I decided to become a writer. Little […]
Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Let’s go to the Movies!
If you are new to this fiction writing business, chances are you will have heard a short phrase repeated frequently and cited as part of the MUST DO rules for authors. Yes, I’m talking about SHOW, DON’T TELL! If you are lucky, you have come across this gem of advice […]
Sun, Sep 22, 2013

Going Mainstream
CAUTION: FRUSTRATED RANT HOVERING NEARBY. When you find yourself, as a writer, lamenting about why you’re even writing at all, and entertaining the idea of not writing any more, something has to change. I’m growing more and more frustrated with, and weary of, the lack of support from Lesbian Readers […]
Fri, Sep 13, 2013

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Why Is Futuristic Fiction Overwhelmingly Negative?
Have you ever wondered, why is it that so many books about the future assume extreme negativity as the most dominant characteristic of the future (think 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451)? This is on some level understandable. The future is an unknown, and for all we know it could […]
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Trends In Writing Beget A Trend In Reading
Something unexpected has developed in my reading patterns. Perhaps it’s happened to you, too. Back when I first became an avid reader, I’d read whatever I could get my hands on. That was particularly true when it came to science fiction; all the SF there was in the world wasn’t […]
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On The Road With Bukowski-January 1944
Bukowski style poetry   When we lose control of our vices we can be prone to lose                                                      those deer to us. Six deer cross my path, […]
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All things Culinary is a brand new feature of The Indie Writer’s Network, and we’re looking for writers to share their expertise! Why contribute to All things Culinary? To reap the benefits of community blogging! Building an audience is tough work! Why do it alone when you can build one with others? All articles are […]
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What are the Shevians up to?—Fantasy Forum Friday Fun
The story left off with Desemone running into her Inner Sanctum teacher, Rally. My eyes blurred as the man stood completely still, face masked from the angle he tilted his head. He called to me with a certain gruffness. I knew that voice, the voice of my Inner Sanctum teacher Rally. […]
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Indie Inspiration is a brand new feature of The Indie Writer’s Network. Please check back soon for updates! […]
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Throne Thursday—Excerpts
New excerpts from The Throne of Olympus Book One: Blood Bond. CHAPTER 3—THE MESSY DETAILS Lena picked over her saganaki. She pondered why Gaby and Sophia wanted Gabriel and her to be together. “Gaby, why are trying to force me on your brother?” He can be really difficult as I’m sure you’ve noticed…but he wasn’t always […]
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Here we are now, entertain us: a young adult’s tips for engaging young adults
I’ve notice that a lot of my followers and real-life friends are writing young adult novels. Not that I blame them- YA is huge. Since I am on the tail end of the age demographic, I usually have an opinion. My opinion is that there are a lot of things […]
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Make me laugh
I’ve been reading a lackluster book called The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards. And I haven’t been able to figure out what made it lackluster. I mean, just read the summary: Sorcerers, Cyclops, Djinnis . . . Magic. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings long banned from the kingdom […]
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