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A Cure for a Slow-Moving Plot: Add Conflict

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today writing about conflict. Most people aren’t crazy about encountering conflict in real life. It’s much more pleasant to avoid acrimonious clashes. But in fiction, especially mystery fiction, a plot without conflict is apt to … Continue reading

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Character and Consistency: Most Important Aspects Of Writing A Series.

Vaughn Hardacker here. I’m sitting at my word processor and reflecting on my published work. One thing I noted is that I have the beginnings of multiple series going on. The first is my Bouchard and Houston books, Sniper (2014, … Continue reading

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Give Every Character a Secret

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, working on the rough draft, otherwise known as first draft, s**t draft, or “throw in everything, including the kitchen sink” draft, of the third “Deadly Edits” mystery. This is always the most challenging stage of … Continue reading

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Perceptions

The alternate title for this post is “Are you sure we’re talking about the same book?” My forty-sixth and forty-seventh published books recently hit stores a week apart and with that came both reviews and emails from readers. I like … Continue reading

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