writing craft

genre and time period

…and then Deborah asked me about genres and research… DB: You’ve written period pieces as well as contemporary. What is your favorite time period and what advice can you give

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books for writers

More of the Deborah Bouziden interview: DB: What are three or four books writers should have on their shelves? And why these books? SW: What a great question! I’m totally going

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a learnable craft

Conversation with Deborah Bouziden, continued… DB: Do you have a set writing schedule? If yes, what is it? If not, please explain how you work. I read that you write

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Welcome to my nightmare.

So here’s why writers don’t get cocky no matter how well their books are selling. The actual work of writing never changes. This is Lakeshore Christmas. Or it will be

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to the coast!

I had a big editing job on an upcoming reissued historical novel, so we headed for the coast so I could work on it. Oh, and play hooky. Most people

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season of giving

The sweetest of love stories came to a bittersweet end. Talented writer and old friend Jo Leigh’s story is here. And the end here. Author Alison Kent has organized a

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Donkey Hote

In the Michael Hauge lecture, he touched on two key types of secondary characters and several types of stories. My further notes: Other characters in your story: The nemesis. This

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the hole in her soul

Note: The Michael Hauge workshop notes begin here and continue here and here. This is the 4th installment. Happy plotting! The INNER JOURNEY is the story told on another level.

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the outer journey

A plot can be divided into 3 acts, and narrowed down to 6 story stages. Stage 1 is the setup, the first 10% of a story (in a screenplay, the

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visible desire

I’ve decided to post my notes from the Michael Hauge workshop. They are rough, undigested notes on the day, but I thought they might be of interest to the writers

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Mr. Inspiration

I just love this shot of Michael Hauge. With the light streaming down on him, he looks like Moses! This was taken in my yard this morning. Last Saturday, he

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