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Is a MacGuffin Something? Or Nothing?

Susan Vaughan here. In fiction, a MacGuffin, sometimes written McGuffin or maguffin, is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist and often others pursue. For storytellers as far back as ancient … Continue reading

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Sick of winter and like mysteries? It’s time to catch the Maine wave

We’ve said it over and over again. In fact, it’s the whole point of this blog — Maine and it’s rich load of mystery writers are a great mix. And April is the coolest month for fans of mysteries, writing, … Continue reading

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Jessie: In New England, wrapped in layers and trying to break a fever. THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY IS JEAN RIDEOUT! Jean, please email me at jessica at jessicaestevao.com with your mailing address and I will send out a copy of … Continue reading

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Talking about living and writing in the great state of Maine

When we Maine Crime Writers aren’t writing about the great state of Maine we’re often talking about writing in the great state of Maine. One of the fun things about being a mystery writer in Maine is that so many … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Elaine

It was a sultry August night in a small Maine town. A lazy breeze barely flirted with the humidity. It was too damn hot to cook. Having showered off the grit and salt accumulated during a hike followed by a swim in the cold Atlantic, … Continue reading

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Have I Been Looking At Things Backwards?

Vaughn Hardacker here: In 2002 I realized that there was more to writing than just sitting down and putting words onto a page. I had to learn the craft. One of the first things I learned was that every story, … Continue reading

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Do You Suffer From Postnovel Depression?

Vaughn C. Hardacker here: I just finished the rewrite of a novel and sent it off to my editor. Now I find myself deep in the doldrums of what I call Postnovel Depression. The closest thing I can equate it … Continue reading

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