Category Archives: Character tip

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Preparing for the unexpected is not the same as expecting the unexpected. We prepare for the unexpected in real life—why not in our writing? Think of all the things we do to prepare for the unexpected, and even the unthinkable. … Continue reading

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Editors do more than correct grammar

The other night I watched the 1947 movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison (See the trailer or watch the entire movie online free). Mrs. Muir, a young widow in unexpectedly dire financial straits, consents … Continue reading

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Just the Facts, Ma’m

Fact checking isn’t just for politics or non-fiction writing. As an author, you make a promise to your reader and enter into an unwritten contract. The terms are never explicit, the details are shrouded and vary from book to book, … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

Every character, even minor ones, must have a role in moving the plot forward. Continue reading

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