Category Archives: Writing lessons

Pacing – a Crime Bake master class with Paul Doiron

The New England Crime Bake mystery conference for 2013 may be over, but the lessons learned can still be shared. I took Paul Doiron‘s (dwohr-ohn’s) master class “The Art of Pacing: And Then What Happened?” on Friday night. The other … Continue reading

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Writers’ challenges to help you…write

As I start getting psyched for November to arrive, I thought I’d share some writing-related challenges that may help give you the ‘it factor’ that you need to reach your goals. November is best known (to me) for National Novel … Continue reading

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Good news, making luck and some lessons for writers

One lesson for all writers — a crummy title means no one will read. No title is a disaster. Blame it on coffee and a dog who wants to walk, but I’m publishing this again. This time with a title. … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? A lot, actually

Several months ago there was a story on the journalism news circuit about a young reporter for a Connecticut newspaper who was fired for making up names. He got caught when his editor started looking the names up of the … Continue reading

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Elmore Leonard’s gone, but his work, and his writing tips, live on.

Several years ago, someone gave me a neat little book, “Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.” In true Leonard fashion, it’s spare, unfluffy and packs a punch. I’ve been a fan of Leonard for years, most recently of the TV … Continue reading

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Writers: Keep your brain — and your ears — open

Some time I ago, I wrote on this blog about where writers get their ideas. The upshot was, ideas are everywhere. (Where do writers get their ideas? If you have to ask…) This became hugely clear to me recently when … Continue reading

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Revision is Writing II: It’s also required and relentless (and that’s writing, too)

Recently Beth Kanell posted an excellent piece here about how revision IS writing. It’s a great lesson for starting writers and, as I realized last week, a necessary reminder for old hands at it, too. Those of us who have … Continue reading

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