The Writing Life: Idea Generators

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Where do story ideas come from? Characters? Settings? We all live in a rich and textured world that teems with possible stories, but they can seem so elusive once we sit down to write. It seems easy to break a story line when we’re sitting in a conference panel and the speaker takes elements from a dozen different participants, but how do we translate that to our own work at home? The most important step, in my experience, is to … Read More »

The Uncommon Conference

Look around you. Writers organizations of all kinds have either presented or are preparing to present a writers conference. Some of them specialize in certain genres, such as children and juvenile writing (SCBWI), mystery (MWA), thrillers (ITW) or romance (RWA). You might say conferences are as common as fairy rings after a summer rain. Confused by the many offerings, and wondering which one to attend? The trick is to look for the uncommon conference, like our Florida Writers Conference, for … Read More »

Get Cozy: A Chat with Novelist Nancy J. Cohen

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My mother devoured every Agatha Christie novel ever written, and though I developed an early appreciation for Christie’s fussy little Belgian, Hercule Poirot, I didn’t become familiar with the term “cozy mystery” until many years later, but the moment I heard it, I knew it described Christie’s work to a tee. Or a tea, if you will. The cozy is the gentle workhorse of mystery fiction, a reliable subgenre with a dedicated following, and one that shows no signs of … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Matthew Rieder

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Science Fiction The Brazos Formation by Matthew Rieder In The Brazos Formation, while prospecting for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Rich Plithers and his crew discover an undersea chasm filled with bizarre, dangerous creatures. Rich must seal the chasm to survive. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Matthew Rieder won First Place in the Unpublished Science Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Jade Kerrion

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Science Fiction Zara by Jade Kerrion In Zara, assassin extraordinaire Zara Itani unleashes her particular brand of havoc from Disneyland to Beirut. She could start a war, or stop it. Decisions, decisions. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Jade Kerrion won First Place in the Published Science Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the … Read More »

Your First Reader

We can probably all agree that time slows down painfully when someone is reading our writing in draft. And we’re particularly anxious about what our first reader will say about a first draft, yes? When you decide your work is ready to be read for the first time, who do you ask for feedback? A spouse? A friend? Another writer? Your writers group? Recently I came across an article from Poets & Writers that I’ve kept for a long time. Kevin Nance interviewed … Read More »

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