Sequels— Remakes or Originals?

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever sat down to read the next book in a series only to realize it’s the same story you previously read? This question came to me while I was reading the novel, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th by Peter M. Bracke. As a huge fan of the series, I loved reading the interviews with the films’ producers, directors, actors, and more, but it was one part where they mentioned they … Read More »

Why Self-Edits are Important

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Good morning everyone! As authors, our minds, days, and lives are often filled to the brim with a million different things from our daily lives that we push through and beat back to another day. Then comes our writing. For most of us, being a full-time writer is the dream, but until then we have to toil away with our regular jobs on top of our budding enterprise. Let’s be honest, finishing writing and having our books published are among … Read More »

Keeping Our Uniqueness

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Good morning everyone! One of the things I really love about writing, and art in general, is our ability to express ourselves. When you think about it, is there anything cooler than showing the world our inner geek, nerd, or quirky self? While it can be daunting when thinking of opening ourselves in such a way, we are given a modicum of protection through the knowledge that we are often writing fiction. Add to that the fact we draw on … Read More »

What’s in a Story?

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever written something that made you sit back and say, “Wow! I did that?” or “I didn’t know I could do this!” Believe me, you’re not alone. I’m a firm believer that we having a muse standing behind us, enticing us with their ideas and pushing us to write more— or threatening to leave us if we piss him/her/it off. lol Honestly, while our muse is a part of us, it had to come from … Read More »

What’s in a Character?

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Good morning everyone! When sitting down to write, what’s the first thing we think of? The easy answer is the plot, but for me, I’ve found that my thinking tends to focus more on my characters. I’m a huge fan of character-driven stories, and often times who and what they are just pops into my head, but there are times when they aren’t more than a brief outline or image in my mind. The trick is to then flesh them … Read More »

Is it Something I Said?

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Good morning! One of the fun things about writing is we can create entire new worlds, give birth to countless people, and do with them what we wish (unless our muse doesn’t like it, then we’re in trouble. 😛 lol). With all that power comes great responsibility… Okay, so we’ve heard that one a hundred times. Here’s something I bet we’ve heard millions of times: Use said. That one single, simple dialogue tag can have an affect few others do. … Read More »

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