Something He Could See Himself In

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The visions started soon after Tattoo Tommy caught sight of the empty spot at the bottom of his back. It was the only tattooless spot on his body, minus his face and head, and it lived right below a tattoo of Mary that looked like one of those

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The Necessity of Editing

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After you’ve revised your manuscript several times, you should have it professionally edited. There are different levels of editing, from basic proofreading to more extensive editing which includes such elements as character development and flow

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Writing from the Heart

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I’m a librarian and select fiction for a large library system so I’m constantly reading book reviews in the subject area of fiction. I see many books by authors who seem to be jumping whatever current bandwagon is popular. I’m

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Lessons and Inspiration for Indie Authors

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As independent authors, we are living in an unprecedented time of opportunities. But with this great plethora of opportunities comes the issue of weeding through all of them, and deciphering the good from the bad from the ugly.  I’ve

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Walking To My Next Story

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Whenever I feel blocked, I go for a walk. There’s something about feeling my feet on the ground, listening to the birds sing and looking at the trees that inspires me. I always think of a great line or idea for a plot while I’m

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Dreaming Stories

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When I dream, my subconscious mind is creating stories from various random things, people and events that have been thrown my way in my waking life.  The stories are sometimes funny and sometimes scary and always weird and nonsensical.  My

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The theme of transcendence

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I really wanted to create characters who are living in the world and rising above it simultaneously. One’s ability to rise above reality is a vital ingredient for happiness.  In the end of Olive  Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, all six

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Believable Dialogue

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Readers will not be able to suspend disbelief if dialogue is not believable. Dialogue must flow naturally from the mouths of the characters and must be in keeping with the qualities, characteristics and motivations of characters. The Grecos are

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Beginnings

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Following the rules of writing effective opening scenes is vital so that readers will be able to suspend disbelief.  Readers must be grounded in the protagonist’s point of view in the beginning of a story.  They must see the world through

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The Theme of Music

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Music is a theme in both of my previous novels and will be a major theme in my forthcoming novel. In Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia listens to music while she paints. Music inspires her:  “The music seemed to go right

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