Category Archives: Kate’s Posts

A Writer’s Lunch: 7 writing exercises you can do at lunch

Kate Flora: I really wanted to teach a writing class this summer. Alas, the kind of six week class I like to teach didn’t fit MWPA’s needs. Still, today I found myself rummaging through the files, looking at some of … Continue reading

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Spring Teaches Us to See

Kate Flora: Dorothy Cannell is unable to blog today, having been overrun with unexpected house guests, so I’m going to rerun a post from a few years ago that seems to have particular relevance at this season: The way that … Continue reading

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A Deadly, Dark, Twisty, Chilling Story

Kate Flora: At a seminar on marketing this past weekend, sponsored by Sisters in Crime, presenter Jess Lourey emphasized the importance of that back cover copy or descriptive blurb, including the startling information that on Amazon, we authors can edit or … Continue reading

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When the Desert Blooms

Kate Flora: Our plans for March in Florida having fallen through, we went west instead. To gray and rainy San Francisco. To the Berkley Hills and views, between rainstorms, of the Golden Gate Bridge. To snowy Tahoe. To warming Los Angeles … Continue reading

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We Don’t Get to Make It Up?

Kate Flora: I have always cautioned against the belief some writers hold that they should only write when they are inspired. Oh, I love inspiration as much as anyone. Who does not love to be in those moments when the … Continue reading

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Curing Those February Writer’s Blues

Kate Flora: February is the month when I always used to go crazy. Not dangerously crazy, just irritable, grumpy, jumpy, restless, annoyed with cold and snow and being indoors crazy. Immersing myself in the writer’s life has rescued me from … Continue reading

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Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Kate Flora: I am just back from a vacation in Patagonia, where my fellow travelers, having learned that I’m a crime writer, kept asking if there was a plot emerging from the personalities and adventures on our trip. After years of … Continue reading

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