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When Friends Become Characters

When Friends Become Characters

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Planning Writing Time

Planning Writing Time

How a Task Swells to Fill the Time allotted. Parkinson’s Law originated with Cyril Parkinson in a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and was reprinted in Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress by John Murray (1958). The law states that work will...
Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...
Villainous Writing Advice

Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...
Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...