Tag Archives: Clause & Effect

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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Escape from the Real World

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here. As many of you already know, I’m a firm believer in reading as an escape from the real world. Relax, I’m not going to get political, or at least not radically so. On the other … Continue reading

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Milestones

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, reflecting on milestones, those markers in our lives, writing or otherwise, that are for some reason memorable and worth noting. I hit one of the professional biggies on June 25 of this year with the … Continue reading

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The Founding of Lenape Hollow

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today writing about incorporating the history of a real place into fiction, something I get to do with my “Deadly Edits” series set in the part of New York State where I spent my formative … Continue reading

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The Story Inspired by a Mummified Cat

Now that I have your attention, this is Kaitlyn Dunnett, blogging today about some of the oddities that turn up when a writer does research for a murder mystery. In Clause & Effect, the second “Deadly Edits” mystery featuring retired … Continue reading

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Whether or not to use the Weather

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, mulling over another of those questions that writers come up with to drive themselves crazy. If your book—which, remember, is FICTION—is set in a certain time and place and you know what the weather was … Continue reading

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