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Blackjack: Ransom for a Dead King, Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10

We need to catch up to the thrilling adventures of Alex Simmons’ Blackjack, recently nominated for. Glyph Award as Best Black Male Character. I was honored to write with Alex the serialized adventure “Blackjack: Ransom for a Dead King” and … Continue reading

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“Blackjack: Ransom for a Dead King”                                                                               An Adventurous Gift for You

There are so many ways to tell a story. Print, e-books, audio, just to name a few, are growing in popularity as part of the Indy book movement (despite the doctored figures big publishers want people to believe). Podcasting and … Continue reading

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In the Wake of the SPOILER, is The Walking Dead Still Worth Watching?

SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. Sunday night still bothers so many of us, much more so than numerous other intense episodes of The Walking Dead. And questions abound, haunting us, making us go over that particularly horrid moment in our … Continue reading

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Let It a Suck Series: Joyce Carol Oates and Running Through Your Story Revisited

Continuing a re-share of some earlier blogs that fit the “Let It Suck” Series, here’s some great advise for writing and planning. Years ago, I attended the South Hampton Writers Conference, and one of the best speakers there was Joyce … Continue reading

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Let It Suck Series: Pacing 

Pacing is a tricky thing. And like every other element of writing I say let it suck, at first, but with a catch. Addressing pacing is kind of like playing along with music- you probably can’t get away with slapping … Continue reading

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Let It Suck Series:  Covers Get Rewrites Too

We’ve been talking about leaping into writing your story and not worrying. Just getting the story onto the page or screen is a huge accomplishment, makes the rewrite process a joy. Or at least easier. Same goes for covers. I … Continue reading

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Let It Suck Series: To Write Better Dialogue, Listen to Craig Ferguson (revisited)

Pulling some of my previous blogs into the “let it suck” series. This one borrows simple advice from a great comedian to help you with character dialogue. Here we go: Every fiction author wants to write great dialogue. While there … Continue reading

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Let It Suck Series: What Would Your Character Do?

We’ve agreed to “let it suck” on first draft, yes? Just let it rip with the writing and get a draft completed. And we’ve been discussing ways to find and refine your work during rewrite.  Now let’s let the character … Continue reading

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Let It Suck Series: revisiting “Write Better With Character Profiles”

As part of the “Let It Suck” series of posts, I wanted to discuss how knowledge of your characters informs writing decisions, and this post seems crucial to include, so I am reprinting it as a companion to this week’s … Continue reading

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Let it suck series: Setting up setting

Elmore Leonard famously advised writers to “try to avoid the parts that readers skip”. This is a definite risk when it comes to describing where your characters are, so listen to the master when dealing with setting. I tend to … Continue reading

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