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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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Sleepy Hollow – New TV show

With the fall season, comes new TV shows. Have you checked out Sleepy Hollow on Fox? The premise is that Ichabod Crane awakens after 150 years and finds himself, and his foe, The Headless Horseman, still in the creepy town … Continue reading

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More tips for attending a writer’s conference

If you’re a writer, attending writers’ conferences can benefit your efforts to be successful. Conferences are offered throughout the country each year. Each is unique. You’ll find some that offer a little bit of everything for writers at every level. … Continue reading

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Suddenly, She Knew Her Next Move: When the Young Adult Mystery Makes the Leap

One of the big “issues” in young adult fiction is the level of violence in the books. And that’s “violence” in multiple forms: beatings, abuse, sexual abuse, death by murder or manslaughter, death by suicide. There are long and complex … Continue reading

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Revision IS Writing: And It Makes YA Mysteries Much Better!

At least once a week, a writer will respond to my enthusiastic salute of “Great week for writing, isn’t it?” by saying, “I wish I were! But this week I’m editing” — which to an active writer is shorthand for … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: Beginning, Middle, END, Part 6

This is the last of my six posts on constructing “young adult” (YA) mysteries — the next set considers revision from a YA writing standpoint. Stay with the Pen, Ink, and Crimes team, as we head toward the peak excitement … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: Beginning, Middle, END, Part 5

Remember that description of the two kinds of mystery writers — pantsers and plotters? Plotters plot. In detail. With outlines. Chapter summaries. Scenes listed. Sometimes they use software to help keep track of twists, red herrings, and changes in characters … Continue reading

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