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The Venn Diagram Stage of Writing

by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta I’ve long had good luck dividing writing into distinct stages and forcing them not to mingle: first there is the brainstorm stage (usually takes place on hikes or in the shower, but occasionally in the middle of the night when I wake to feed the baby). […]

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Why Write Erotica?

By Kelly Lawrence You would have to have been living in a hole deep underground to miss the recent explosion in popularity of erotic stories and erotic romances. Erotic novels have gone from being discreetly hidden in the far corner of your local bookstore to taking centre stage. In the […]

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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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Critque Groups can be a Blessing and a Curse

Insecure Writers? Unite!

Guest Post by Alex J. Cavanaugh It all began with an off-handed remark to a fellow author about a support group for writers. A sign up list was offered and on September 1, 2011, we had our first group blog posting with about forty writers participating. Two and a half […]

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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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