Writing the Cozy Mystery

 by Nancy J. Cohen How do you plot a mystery? Ask ten different authors, and you’ll get ten different responses. Everyone’s method is unique. However, genre conventions dictate that certain reader expectations must be met. In a cozy or traditional mystery, readers expect a puzzle to solve, an amateur sleuth, […]

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A Diet Program for your Writing

A Diet Program—for Your Writing!

You want the essence of your writing to come through, but needless words and phrases can get in the way and weigh down your prose. Solution: put your writing on a five-step diet.

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Cross Train for Story Ideas

“…good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun…” –Stephen King Use cross thinking to get you to think differently and allow a story idea to come […]

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Boy discovering world through computer

World Building in your Young Adult Novel–Not Just for Fantasy/Paranormal!

When we talk about “world building” in your young adult novel, people often think it only applies to fantasy/paranormal/urban fantasy genres.  But world building is just as important in your realistic fiction novels!  So let’s talk about little bit about world building. What exactly is world building?  It’s more than […]

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Fear as a Writing Prompt? ‘Tis the Season!

One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I loved planning who I would morph into for the day. Would I be a cowgirl, a sleeping princess, a witch? I also loved haunted houses and ghost stories, and reveled in the day I was terrified at every turn—but knew deep down […]

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