Tag Archives: character

Getting a Grip on Gripping Characters: YA Mystery Writing

You know that expression, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears?” I’ve been told it’s from Zen buddhism, but it’s also very much current. I’ve found another side to it as a writer: When I’m ready to learn something, … Continue reading

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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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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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Bending Fiction, Serving Reality

Stephen King, one of my favorite writers, once said about writing, “You can never bend reality to serve the fiction. You have to bend the fiction to serve reality.” He also said, “You may be entranced with what you’re learning … Continue reading

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Blogging from the Crime Bake: “Not Your Mother’s Miss Marple: Making Series Compelling and Believable”

Point number one about Crime Bake: When you’ve been “visiting” with other authors all weekend, you quote them by name, as Roberta Isleib — today under her nom de plume Lucy Burdette — just did: “I love writing a series,” … Continue reading

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Blog Interview: Lynne Heitman, Book Whisperer

Nancy: Welcome, Lynne. Thanks for visiting the SinCNE blog. Someone I met once called you, “The Book Whisperer.” Certainly you’ve acted like a book whisperer for me—helping me break out of a mid-novel blockage by suggesting I try working backwards … Continue reading

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