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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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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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YA Mysteries: Not for the Kid You Used to Be

Last month an author moving from science fiction into his first explicitly “YA” (young adult) mystery explained his approach to me this way: “I’m writing the book I would have liked to read when I was ten years old.” Luckily … Continue reading

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What length(s) do you write?

Let’s talk length. Story length. If I said, “I write short,” how many words do you think I like to write? It’s impossible to know. If someone said, “I write epics,” we probably all imagine science fiction novels, but we … Continue reading

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