Monthly Archives: May 2020

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Murderbot: A Lesson in Character Growth

One complaint authors frequently make is that writing fiction has ruined reading for pleasure because they can’t turn off their editor brain to enjoy a story. I usually don’t have that problem. However, every once in a while some aspect of a book I’m reading for pleasure will jump out at me. Sometimes it’s a plot element […]

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–of the Action

​As writers, we’re told to start in the middle of the action so the reader doesn’t get bored. We don’t want to give our reader details and backstory that aren’t necessary for understanding the current action. We want the reader to care about the character and understand the situation enough to want to turn the […]

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Loving the Library

I’m so thankful to belong to two excellent local library systems, particularly in this time when all physical libraries are closed. If one system doesn’t carry an ebook, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the other will.  I love being able to check out books by authors I’ve never read before. Reading an excerpt of the first […]

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Pet Peeves: Unbelievable Plot Elements

Recently, I watched an episode of a TV show that’s a thriller with a few sci-fi elements. I’ve watched other shows by these writers and producers, but I was thrown out of the story way too often by plot inconsistencies, given their level of experience. Here’s what bugged me. First. If you work at the CIA and […]

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