Category Archives: Writing resources

Linda Barnes Interview

Linda Barnes, one of New England’s most celebrated mystery writers, author of four Michael Spraggue novels and twelve Carlotta Carlyle novels, has kindly agreed to talk to us about her newest novel, The Perfect Ghost. Welcome, Linda. Nancy: After your … Continue reading

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Side Effects: Learning from Movies

Like most people, I’ve always loved a good movie or TV drama.  In fact, my earliest remembered dream is of sitting behind the Lone Ranger and Mickey Mouse as we gallop down the street on that magnificent white horse, Silver. … Continue reading

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Swain Again-MRUs

During Mary Buckham’s recent online Pacing class, she suggested we improve our scene pacing by following a model found in Chapter 4 of  Dwight V. Swain’s book, Techniques of the Selling Writer. That model involves breaking scenes into goal/conflict/disaster, followed … Continue reading

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Where do writers get their ideas? If you have to ask…

Am I the only one who, when I have to use porta-potty in a remote area (it’s surprising how many times I have to do this), expects a murdered body to be jammed in there? I suspect I am not. … Continue reading

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Steering Action Through Scene and Sequel

Lately I’ve been struggling to figure out how to improve the pacing of my scenes.  Enter the SinCNE-sponsored online class taught by Mary Buckham. The class covers much more than scene pacing, but scene pacing has stymied me for a … Continue reading

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Mary Buckham Interview

In a just few days, SinCNE will proudly sponsor a specially adapted Mary Buckham online class: Pacing: How to Create a Page Turning Mystery Manuscript. If you haven’t already signed up, do so here: http://www.sincne.org/events/register-our-customized-online-pacing-course-mary-buckham Mary is an award-winning romantic-suspense … Continue reading

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Week 10 of a citizen’s police academy

Alas, the time has come. (I don’t use “alas” very often, so am taking advantage of this opportunity.) Citizen’s police academy has come to an end. The 10 weeks flew by, and I gained a lot of great insight and … Continue reading

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