Category Archives: Bruce’s Posts

Keys to Good Writing

Bruce Robert Coffin here, fresh off a very successful Maine Crime Wave where writing was the subject of the day. Aspiring authors often ask, how do we do it? How do novelists capture the essence of being on the pages … Continue reading

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Malice 30/Penny Plan

Bruce Robert Coffin just back from the Malice Domestic Mystery Writers Conference. Malice is held each year in Maryland during the month of April. This year’s conference was the 30th, and although it was only the second I have attended … Continue reading

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Never Give Up

During the past two weeks I have had the privilege of addressing students and teachers at a local college and at a private high school. The field of study for students in attendance ranged from English and writing to law … Continue reading

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Another Look Back

Bruce Robert Coffin here waxing nostalgic. I was seated at my writing desk this past weekend trying to decide what I wanted to blog about this month on Maine Crime Writers when Facebook shared a memory with me. After reading … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Family

On September 21, 2012 I worked my last official day as a Portland police officer. Tradition dictates a PD luncheon/sendoff where plaques are presented, speeches are made, and good wishes are bestowed. It is an emotional time for both the … Continue reading

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Plotter or Pantser

I’m often asked by other writers whether I am a plotter or a pantser. For those of you unfamiliar with this jargon, plotting is exactly what it sounds like, the act of plotting out a novel or story before writing … Continue reading

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Saint Nicholas

  Several years ago, I penned a holiday tale titled Saint Nicholas. Knowing that many folks find the holidays a bit overwhelming, I wrote this short seasonal story to remind all of us what is truly important, and to provide … Continue reading

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