Alice turns 150!

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On July 4, 1868, Charles Dodgson went on a river expedition with the three little Liddell sisters- Lorina, Edith and the youngest sister, Alice.  During their venture, Dodgson extemporaneously told a fantastic tale to the Liddells. Later that

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Grabbing Readers With Eye-Catching Covers

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An eye-catching cover is essential for grabbing readers’ attention. It’s important that the cover be catchy and appealing while not being too busy. A cluttered cover can interfere with the readability of the words on the page. Importantly,

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Opportunities through Revisising

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Through revising my manuscript, I discover many shortcomings and weaknesses. I may find extraneous detail or dialogue that needs to be cut because it does nothing to push the story forward.  I may find a certain aspect of a character that needs

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Seeing through their Eyes

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Regardless of whether your story is told in first or third person point of view, the reader should be able to see the world of the story through the eyes of the protagonist.  The reader should also be able to hear, taste, smell and feel what the

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A Home for my Darlings

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Often times, great lines come to me.  Previously, I would try to force and jam the lines into whatever story I was working on at the time that the line came to me.  The lines would usually end up sounding awkward and sometimes even contrived.

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Smooth Transitions

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In order for a reader to get immersed in a novel, the story must flow as seamlessly as possible from beginning to end; chapter to chapter; scene to scene; paragraph to paragraph; sentence to sentence.  Before I began writing Olive Branches Don’t

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What Makes A Character A Person?

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I have read character descriptions that are very precise and detailed, but that lack the true essence of the character.  This essence is revealed through things like how a character moves through the world; how he eats his food; or how she plays

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The Divinity of Writing

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I didn’t know that Silvia was going to decide to pursue a career as an art teacher; or that Donna was going to change her mind about the family reunion; or that Cosmo was going to do a magic trick for Isabella at the party.  In

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Stories All Around Us

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There are stories everywhere around us and they are constantly happening.  Our job, as writers, is to look and listen for them, to take full advantage of our surroundings.  Every window of the apartment building across from my apartment building

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What Landscape Reveals About Character

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Landscape is the backdrop against which the story falls.  It can be both entertaining and informative for readers.  Most importantly, it reveals the internal state of the protagonist. The protagonist perceptions of reality change according to

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