Category Archives: Maureen’s Posts

Maine summer author tour tips for readers, writers and libraries

As April nears its end and we (fingers crossed!) have the worst of the winter weather behind us, the Maine author talk and book-selling tour is heating up along with the temperatures. That means there’s an author talk coming to … Continue reading

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Writer, whatever you do, get a real editor

I’m reading a book about a topic that really interests me, but it’s a tough read because the book is so poorly edited. There are punctuation errors, particularly missing or unncessary commas, on every page. There are word use issues … Continue reading

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Will AI replace fiction writers? No. You’re welcome.

Maureen Milliken: I decided to take the day off from writing a post and have artificial intelligence do it instead. Kidding! But I’m sure many writers have had the same experience I have — that smug guy (it’s always a guy, … Continue reading

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Easy fast and no-brainer top writing tips for all writers

Hi, all! I was asked just the other day for some “writing tips,” so it seemed like a good time to reprise this classic from a couple years ago. And also, in the spirit of Tip Number 1, I have … Continue reading

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New England Crime Bake should be on every writer’s calendar

Like all writers, I’m often asked by aspiring writers about how to get started, as well as many other “how to” things (get published, get an agent, punctuate a clause… you name it). The number one thing I always suggest, … Continue reading

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Joyce? Wordsworth? They’re just like us!

For several years, I was a judge in nationwide self-published book contest. I was a first-tier judge, which meant I read a hundred or more books, sending one for every batch of 25 back  to the next tier. Duties included … Continue reading

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Should you read a mystery series in order? The answer is…

Hi all! In true Maine Crime Writers fashion I’m reprising a relevant column since it’s July, and as much as I’d love to say I’m on vacation, I’m actually scrambling to get a ton of work on so I can … Continue reading

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Some questions and answers for writers about how to get started

I was chatting with a neighbor the other day, and it turns out she’s been working on a book for several years, but is stuck and wondering where she can get support, information, resources, etc. In short, shes wanted to … Continue reading

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When it comes to writing, or life, channel a little Bart Simpson

I’ve had an urge for quite a while to start an Instagram account that has photos of towns in Maine named after the world’s great cities. The idea of Athens, Rome, Vienna and more translated to tiny towns with dirt … Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid of the nuts and bolts of writing

I was giving an author talk a couple years ago, answering the usual questions about my process, when I got an odd response: “Isn’t that cheating?” I was, if I remember right, describing how I used a big calendar to … Continue reading

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